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Author Topic: L'esprit de Lavaux  (Read 6831 times)

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Offline Newportnobby

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Re: L'esprit de Lavaux
« Reply #195 on: July 27, 2019, 01:35:37 PM »
Is someone somewhere missing a wire fence or two? :uneasy: ;)

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Re: L'esprit de Lavaux
« Reply #196 on: July 27, 2019, 06:57:28 PM »
Having this practice with wire making as I'll need to try out making vines in the near future!  :goggleeyes:

Lots 'n' lots of vines, please!

That's very clever work with the wire.

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Re: L'esprit de Lavaux
« Reply #197 on: August 02, 2019, 08:30:01 PM »
Right, so I've been getting on with these trees ... started by mixing some brown paint with laxative, SORRY I mean Liquitex !



This lovely muddy brown mixture was applied quite liberally to the wire trees ...


Actually put on more coats of brown sludge than shown here!

Cheers  :beers:

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Re: L'esprit de Lavaux
« Reply #198 on: August 03, 2019, 06:52:26 AM »
And this where I've got to ...


Might need a bit of trimming!




This one might be poplar ...


But this one is currently my favourite!


Will see how they look once on the layout ... but won't "plant" them just yet! More work to do with grass and plaster bandage first.

Cheers  :beers:

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Re: L'esprit de Lavaux
« Reply #199 on: August 03, 2019, 07:32:37 AM »
Looking good.  :thumbsup:

Iím not familiar with Liquitex, it looks to be a useful modelling material. How have you stuck the leaves on? What material have you used for the tree leaves? So many questions!

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Re: L'esprit de Lavaux
« Reply #200 on: August 03, 2019, 07:59:27 AM »
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Looking good.  :thumbsup:

Iím not familiar with Liquitex, it looks to be a useful modelling material. How have you stuck the leaves on? What material have you used for the tree leaves? So many questions!

Hi 'keithbythe sea', and thanks for the  :thumbsup:

Liqutex is basically latex in a liquid-ish form, it took on the acrylic paint colour very well. Was trying to use it to create 'knobbly' tree trunks and branches - to hide the wire twists.

The leaves are a Noch foliage, in a mix of greens and autumn colours. Although I had permission to use SWMBO's hair spray - it did take quite a lot of it for EACH tree. Having to go over it several times to get the layering right.

Beneath the foliage is a dark green polyfiber (Hornby) which comes in sheet form - I cut off a little square and teased it apart then stuck it over the branches to give the foliage something to stick too.

Been fun trying this ... getting the scaling right is the hardest part. And as long as you don't mind the house smelling like a "salon de coiffure" as they say here.  :doh:

Cheers  :beers:

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Re: L'esprit de Lavaux
« Reply #201 on: August 03, 2019, 11:27:37 AM »
I'm most interested to see how the trees will look once they are in their final positions on your layout.

I have to confess to be awaiting delivery of a bag of mass produced Chinese plastic ones but I'm concerned that they will be too uniform in shape and colour. So for that reason I hope you get your rewards for attempting to make your own. Good luck.

Alec.

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Re: L'esprit de Lavaux
« Reply #202 on: August 05, 2019, 07:59:09 AM »
Thank you for the info GreyWolf.  :thumbsup:

Interesting idea for covering the wire to get better trunks. I will investigate further. My efforts using plaster to cover the wire have not been successful.

I have tried using hairspray to fix foliage (Iíve even used extra hold). It would seem that I have not been enthusiastic enough! I suppose that one advantage is that it masks the smell of plastic glue.

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Re: L'esprit de Lavaux
« Reply #203 on: August 05, 2019, 08:17:55 AM »
All I know is, it looks good enough to eat.... sort of like a bowl of melted Cadburys chocolate, or a choccy cake mix.

Yummy!  :food:

Said Bealman, who possibly has been out in the Aussie sun too long  :uneasy:
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