Discussion in 'Quick Tips' started by 135warrior, Sep 21, 2009.
Heres what im doing...
Firstly im using tin foil, wide sticky tape and wire to flesh out the leaves. I started by placing a length of wire down the center of the tape, and then placed this sticky side down onto the foil.
I turned the fond over and covered the other side in tape to completely cover the foil. Then cut the resulting sandwitch to the required shape.
After several coats of green paint and a couple of coats of satin varnish, I started to cut strips between .5 and 1.5 mm wide from the stem of the fond to the outer edge..
What happened next I was not expecting, but when I lifted the fond off the surface, it had stuck to slightly because of the cuts which were made into the surface. I loosened it free, and the fond immediatly took the (almost) prefect form of a true palm fond with the edges curling under.
Now I just had to give the fond its overall form by shaping the stem wire, and touch up the paint job, finally giving it one lats coat of varnish.
If I cant find any feathers in then next couple of days or so, im gonna refine this method (maybe without the 14 coats of paint I used), and maybe post some pics of the process I used!
If anyone has any ideas, materials or other tips to add to this process, please feel free to add them and I will give them a go!
Have you any ferns in your garden or Leylandii?
Take a look at the fresh growth....Bl***y near as dammit to palm leaves I recon.
I can hear yakface laughing from here!!
hee hee youre right ron,not about the idea though,thats great,but the image of you wandering ,a bit wobbly,around your garden in the dark with a pint in your hand definitely made me chuckle.great idea though ! There might even be some dried plants for flower arranging that could be good too , if you go to hobbycraft,billy,check out that option too.Im off to have a beer now,but im staying indoors:beer: tony
I have been watching this thread in the background and well. Wow, that looks just like the real thing. Totaly amazing mate. Now how would you make the trunk i wonder. I will keep an eye open for any one legged pigions. LOL
hi andy, i dont think billy mentioned the trunk,maybe hes already sorted it? If not we'll all have to start thinking,i just know this is going to bug me till i can think of something,maybe LOTS of pigeon legs is the way to go LOL cheers tony
Just been having a minute reading this thread with a pint and some savouries and took a long look at what I was eating.... :fireworksURIKA!!!!!!!!!
TWIGLETTS THE PERFECT PALM TREE TRUNK...........Oo's a clever boy then.ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
Creating Realistic Palm Trees
1: get an old twig from the garden, and build up the width with tissue and watered down pva glue.
2: once you have the basic thickness, you need to wrap thin string around the tree in a spiral first from the bottom to the top and then back down.
3: give it another layer of pva and tissue, and allow to dry out.
4: give the whole thing a coat of dark brown, then desert yellow, then a gray brown colour.
5: Add some bits of chopped up rope to the top and then stick your coconuts at the base of the rope bits
5: to make the coconuts, just use some corriander seeds and paint them green
hope that makes sence
Cheers for all your input guys, im gonna go do some garden hopping now, I see the garden a few doors down has some of that fern that was mentioned ;P I'll let you know what comes up best but at the mo, the feathers have it
Ron, you never cease to amaze me mate, who would have thought it hey. Beer and twigglets together, you must have no tastebuds at all mate. Yak!!! lol
use wallpaper paste and cover the trunk and wrap 3 layers of toilet roll around it and allow to dry for 24hrs.
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