Container tree, part 1

by brae  

I made a small tree, but instead of planting this one in the ground, I wanted a container tree that I could reposition. I'm using the same wire and putty technique I've used in the past for the trunk, and candytuft for the foliage - notes at the bottom.

I measured the wire structure against the wall to make sure I had good height.

I used a clamp covered with plastic wrap to hold the tree while protecting the clamp.

Applying the putty.

Painting the tree.

Painting the separated candytuft branches -- I ended up making quite a few more than shown here.

Ghost is modeling to show the smaller stature of the tree.

I built a container from basswood and small scale siding from my box of scraps.

I wanted something compact but believable in proportion to the tree.

I stained the planter box with Minwax stain, the color is Fruitwood.

I coated the interior with a heavy layer of tacky glue. This will seal it for when I get to planting the tree.

More to come....

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Notes: Link to the first tree I made using this technique - follow the links in the first sentence back through the process.

A good starting source if you can find it is the DVD Master Miniaturists: Landscaping Primer with Diane Myrick. I got mine through interlibrary loan. This whole series is just awesome! 

This is the tutorial by Connie Sauve on using candytuft for the foliage. I doubt I will go back to using individual leaves again unless I want a specific type of tree where candytuft won't work. :]

I buy candytuft from Scenery Solutions.

5 comments

Comment from: Barbara [Visitor]
That looks wonderful! The planter is so well done.
11/20/20 @ 20:24
Comment from: Marilyn Hughes [Visitor]
The tree looks so real! WONDERFUL
11/21/20 @ 07:36
Comment from: Debora [Visitor]
It’s great! I like it’s shape.
11/21/20 @ 08:30
Comment from: Sheila Lester [Visitor]
It looks great so far. I really need to do more trees. Every time I see yours I remember how much fun they are.
11/22/20 @ 11:21
Comment from: Kamelia [Visitor]
Both tree and container looks great. :)
11/23/20 @ 01:33


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