This guide will take you through the steps to create quick and easy model wire trees. These trees are great for model railroads, architectural and landscape models, or simply for decoration around your home (if you're into that kind of stuff). These instructions will take you through the steps to create a typical deciduous tree (let's say a pin oak) but once you've learned the technique you can create nearly any type of tree imaginable. Anyone with two hands and a little creativity can complete this tutorial (children should have parental supervision when completing this process). Your first tree will probably take you five to ten minutes to create but with some practice you'll be able to whip one out in about 30 seconds. Let's get to it.

Step 1: Gather Your Materials

To create one of these beautiful trees you'll need to gather a few things:
  • 15+ feet of aluminum Wire (I'll be using 28 gauge for this tutorial)
  • 1 small board (2.5" x 12" x 1" or larger)
  • 2 small nails (2-3" in length)
  • wire cutters
  • hammer
  • 2 clamps
  • A table or similar sturdy, flat surface
  • small pliers (optional)
  • steel wool (optional)
  • model railroad flocking (optional)
  • spray adhesive (optional)
Got everything? Good. Let's get started.
<p>I just started a couple of 9&quot; pines</p>
<p>nice way to start a tree model. I like it. </p><p>\\][//</p>
<p><a href="http://www.amazon.in/Trees-Jute-Twines-Prabal-Sharma-ebook/dp/B01E5XTHBK/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1460537867&sr=1-1&keywords=model+train+trees" rel="nofollow">http://www.amazon.in/Trees-Jute-Twines-Prabal-Shar...</a></p><p>Ever Tried this method??</p>
<p>Well done tutorial. A couple of suggestions, if I may. Splay out the wires at the base a little (if desired) to create a few chunky, gnarled roots. Cover the trunk with some air drying clay, thick plaster or other coating for a more realistic texture, and then paint with dark grays, browns. Some modelers use stretched polyfiber over the branches before covering with ground foam, but your foliage looks darn good as it is.</p><p>Cheers and thanks for this tutorial.</p>
Excellent! I like your beginning technique and the simple jig. I have seen other methods that are more complicated. I am looking forward to trying your technique. <br><br>For others who commented, and like the author said, there are many, many decorating techniques. Search for making model railroad trees online and you find more ideas that are sure to meet your need for trees regardless of the purpose.
<p>Nice instructable. like the use of the word &quot;realistic look&quot; when you made a tree out of aluminum wire :P</p>
<p>I made one with gold wire and I'm going to attach white tissue paper flowers. Any other ideas? I'm going to make a bunch of these for christmas!</p>
These are really cool! You could put beads on the ends on the branches for a cool effect
Cool looking tree!

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