Materials and Tools (Tree Making)
TOOLS and supplies (C) means conifer trees (D) means wire twist coniferous type.
(D) - Wire Cutters
(D) - Mini Spatula or painting knife (coffee stir sticks work great)
(D-C) - Sharp whittling or hobby knife (extra blades)
(D-C) - A good “Cut Anything” type pair of scissors
(D-C) - Small pair of hobby type scissors
(D-C) - Paint brushes, cheap hobby type.
(D-C) - A good quality Spray Adhesive This is one of the more important ingredients as you want good bonding strength but flexibility.
(D-C) - Spray Paint - Three (or more) needed - Primer (I like ruddy brown or red oxide colour), Flat Matte Black, and a Clear coat like Matte Lacquer. Any nice flat or matte browns you can find; avoid gloss and satin paints, as they are just too shiny.
(D) - Old lengths of extension or appliance electrical cords. (Check behind the junk store or walk up the street on garbage day with your wire cutters.)
(D) - A flexible "wire coating material" - Flex-Paste from Woodland Scenics or you can try a mixture of paintable acrylic window caulking and a drop or two or six of WeldBond.
(D-C) - And of course flocking; coloured leaf material. I use Woodland Scenics stuff quite a bit. It is readily available at most hobby stores. I use the fine turf and the foliage types. I have tried the clumping material with a fair amount of success too. There are some other materials out there but I have yet to see them at a store anywhere near me, usually you find them in small ads in some model railroad magazine. I’ve had good success using stale spices and herbs ground to the right size. I have not been able to figure out how to grind up foam rubber small enough yet or how to colour it. Fine sawdust also works and it you can dye.