Weeds/Field Grass (Cheap!)

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  1. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

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    I found this big pile of twine out in my garage...it's what's commonly known as jute, or 'baling twine'...this stuff is great for making tall grass...

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    Start by cutting a piece about 3-5 scale feet in length...

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    Drew1125 Active Member

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    ...looks about like this in N scale...

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    Drew1125 Active Member

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    Now put a drop of white glue where you want the clump of grass to be...

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    Drew1125 Active Member

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    Just stick the grass into the glue...

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    Drew1125 Active Member

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    You can kind of poke the fibers, spreading them apart, & you'll get something like this...

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    ezdays Out AZ way

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    Hey that's cool Charlie.:thumb: :thumb: I would think that the jute would soak up dye fairly well in case one wanted green or other color. I'm gunna give this a shot when I get back to my layout.

    Don
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    Kewl stuff Charlie.Looks like a quick how to for the NARA site too.With your permission of course.:)
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    Great tip Charlie,
    Don I think you can paint it once planted with a dry brush.
    Dark green to the bottom, light green on top.
    Paul
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    Drew1125 Active Member

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    Hmmm...interesting idea, Don...you might not even have to fool with the dye...dipping the twine into some thinned acrylics might work as well.

    Catt,
    I would consider it an honor! :)
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    jim currie Active Member

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    great Charlie and if you use an awl to poke a small hole and put bunch in it will look like clump grass,;)
  12. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    That looks great Charlie! Nice little "how-to" as well.
    Ralph
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    That's a neat idea Charlie. Thanks for the tip!

    Val
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    :thumb: Nice tip Charlie!
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    Neato Charlie!!!:) I've been using strands from 1/4" jute rope for years to make the limbs for Aspen trees which have very "twiggy" type limbs.
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    Very cool indeed! Is this the same string used to make pine trees by twisting it in wire? You could probably paint the stuff and make a variety of tall grasses with it...
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    I was just going to mention that at Home Depot we can get green jute and I used it to make pine trees.


    Garry
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    Great tip Charlie:thumb: :thumb:

    Great tip Garry:thumb: :thumb:

    Thanks guys for sharing your discovery:thumb: :thumb:
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    Very good tip Charlie, one for the Academy soon.
    Shamus
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    Great idea Charlie!! :thumb: I would like to see Garry's pine trees out of green jute too!!