Tree Kit Instructions

TREEMENDUS Tree Kit Instruction Manual…

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How to get the best from your TREEMENDUS tree kit…

These instructions assume you are going to make 1 x 11-12 inch tree. The principles are the same if you choose to cut the wires to make 2 x 6 inch trees or 3 x 4 inch trees etc. There is enough Bark Powder, Canopy and Scatter provided to create which ever sizes you choose.

Step 1. Remove the protective tape from around the wire and tap one end of the wire on a hard surface to give you a flat end. All the wires should be used for a 10” -12” tree.

Step 2. If you choose to model a tree with roots start at the flat end and bend about an inch of the wire up towards the horizontal all round the trunk. Leave enough wires sticking out proud from the roots to create a planting pin. Twist the horizontal wires together to create a root structure.e trunk, so the wire “trunk” now stands on its roots. Twist these together to create a root structure.

Step 3. Take one strand of wire and coil it around the ‘trunk’. These coils are what hold the tree together initially so pull them nice and tight. A good place to start the first branch is about one third of the way up the trunk, although there are no set rules, and branches can start at almost ground level or near to the top of the trunk depending on the species being modelled.

Step 4. To create the first branch take about 10 – 15 strands of wire and bend these at the desired angle to the trunk, use the strand of wire coiling around the trunk to go around the branch. Next take 2 or 3 wires to create side branches working along the branch toward the end. Place the side branches on alternate sides of the main branch.

Step 5. Next take another wire and coil this around the trunk and repeat step 4 higher up the tree but on the opposite side to the first branch. Then repeat this to the rear of the trunk then the front, using fewer wires each time (branches get thinner the higher up the tree they go).

Step 6. Trim the wires to leave ½ inch, or thereabouts, stubs remaining on the tree, these are what become the side branches and are what hold the canopy of foliage in place. Continue all over the tree until all the branches have been trimmed. At this point the trunk and boughs can be beefed up by wrapping masking tape around them. This also helps hide the wires coiling around the trunk and main branches.

Step 7. Take approximately ½ the bag of Bark Powder and put into a mixing pot. Add a few drops of glue A LITTLE AT A TIME and mix the powder and glue into a thick paste. You can add more powder to thicken up the mix if necessary. Paint this onto your wire armature using a small paint brush. It is best to start with the finer branches then the larger branches and finally the trunk. Don’t be afraid to apply a thick coat to the trunk as this can add to the texture of the bark. Continue painting until all the wires are coated. Set this aside to dry (best left for 24 hours). By this time it will have set and will have become a very durable tree with lots of nice texture – this can be given a wash of watercolour or airbrushed to create a more realistic colour.

Step 8. Remove the Canopy from the bag and using the thumb and forefinger pull some of the fibres off the plait. Tease these out to give an open structure; this will depend on how dense you want your finished foliage. The canopy structure can be sprayed with a suitable coloured aerosol paint to give it more rigidity if necessary but this is not essential. Next spray the structure with a generous amount of hairspray and sprinkle over the scatter. Turn the foliage pad over and repeat. Place this onto your pre made branch structure and repeat this process until the whole tree has been covered – do this over a piece of paper as lots of this scatter will not adhere and can be used again. It can be effective to lightly airbrush the underside of the canopy with a dark paint to represent shaded areas – although this is not vital it can be very effective.

Step 9. Swap the cap on the Scenefix glue bottle for the atomiser and *lightly spray the entire canopy with the glue. This will turn the whole canopy white but will dry to a clear, matt finish which is very durable and long lasting. Also spray the canopy with hairspray as the glue and hairspray react with each other and help fix the scatter in place. Try to avoid getting too much onto the trunk and wipe off if necessary. Always run clean water through the atomiser after use to avoid clogging.

Step 10. Set aside to dry – 24 hours is ideal.

Step 11. Once dry the whole canopy can be gently teased and trimmed to refine the shape and structure (if scatter is falling off then *repeat step 9). Any long, wayward strands of canopy can be trimmed off the tree using scissors – look at real trees to help you refine your model.

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