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Make Branched Tree Trunks For Model Trees
Shaping the branches of a model tree so they spread out in three dimensions.

Wire coated with acrylic paint and acrylic mediums can be used to make frames for deciduous trees for miniature and model scenes

Photo © 2012 Lesley Shepherd

Branched deciduous tree trunks are easy to make in miniature and model scales from wire, acrylic medium and acrylic paint. The wire forms lend themselves to any size or scale, and they can be finished to a 'leafed out' stage with scenic materials for railroads, punched paper leaves or flowers, or a range of other materials, including furnace filter and kitchen 'scrubby' material or reindeer moss. See the quarter scale 'cloud tree' in the landscaped tea cup scene for a simple foliage effect in small scales. If you wish you can leave your tree forms as branched frames without leaves and use them as Easter or Halloween display trees. The same method works to make trees to display jewellery or photos.

You can use any size of wire that suits the size and scale of tree you wish to make. If you want to make realistic trees recognizable as to their species, study the way the branches of a real tree of your chosen species grow out from the trunk and work out a final acrylic coating which resembles the bark pattern of your chosen tree. In these instructions I will show you how to make a simple generic branched deciduous tree or shrub from wire, paint and acrylic medium.

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