Weeds/Field Grass (Cheap!)

Discussion in 'Photos & Videos' started by Drew1125, Dec 26, 2003.

  1. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    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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  2. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

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

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  3. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

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

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  4. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

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

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  5. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    Just stick the grass into the glue...

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  6. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

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

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  7. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    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.

  8. Catt

    Catt Guest

    Kewl stuff Charlie.Looks like a quick how to for the NARA site too.With your permission of course.:)
  9. csxnscale

    csxnscale Member

    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.
  10. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    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.

    I would consider it an honor! :)
  11. jim currie

    jim currie Active Member

    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!

    That looks great Charlie! Nice little "how-to" as well.
  13. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    That's a neat idea Charlie. Thanks for the tip!

  14. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    :thumb: Nice tip Charlie!
  15. Vic

    Vic Active Member

    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.
  16. Arlaghan

    Arlaghan Member

    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...
  17. GNRail

    GNRail Member

    I was just going to mention that at Home Depot we can get green jute and I used it to make pine trees.

  18. CN1

    CN1 Active Member

    Great tip Charlie:thumb: :thumb:

    Great tip Garry:thumb: :thumb:

    Thanks guys for sharing your discovery:thumb: :thumb:
  19. shamus

    shamus Registered Member

    Very good tip Charlie, one for the Academy soon.
  20. aartwmich

    aartwmich Member

    Great idea Charlie!! :thumb: I would like to see Garry's pine trees out of green jute too!!

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