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Dioramas: Flora & Fauna
Trees, shrubs, nature and animals.
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Nature kicks butt again
youngc
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Posted: Saturday, July 04, 2009 - 02:01 AM UTC
Found these little guys on the beach this morning. Perfect for 1:35 ferns, after a bit of paint.

A nice little shoot which could be used to represent bamboo.


Chas
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Posted: Saturday, July 04, 2009 - 02:22 AM UTC
Nice! Any idea what the "bamboo" plant is? Wonder if the Pacific coast has these type of plants.....
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Posted: Saturday, July 04, 2009 - 02:31 AM UTC
they look great

but wouldnt these rot am sure mother nature decomposes when its broken etc..
general question if im wrong then my bad i shall take a dive into my field infront the house =]

tony
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Posted: Saturday, July 04, 2009 - 02:34 AM UTC
I dont think I can find anything nature related in Jersey....
youngc
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Posted: Saturday, July 04, 2009 - 02:35 AM UTC
Hey Chris. I don't know what the species is, as it comes from the ocean. Any Marine Biologists on Armorama???

I also use these stems to replicate bamboo, this comes from a Casuarina tree. I believe they exist in plague proportions in parts of the USA, so you shouldn't much trouble finding them!



G'day Anthony. I will wash these in fresh water, dry them out, paint and/or press them. They will last a life-time. I have natural material in dioramas I made 4 years ago and they look fine. Give it a shot mate!

Chas
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Posted: Saturday, July 04, 2009 - 10:00 AM UTC
Very realistic Chas ! Your eyes are trained to "see" the possible use for diorama work.

G.
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Posted: Saturday, July 04, 2009 - 10:25 AM UTC
hmmm il take a shot at this thank you chas..
are the leaves going to be alright??
how do you mean press them? with an iron?

tony
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Posted: Sunday, July 05, 2009 - 01:26 AM UTC
Thanks Guy, I am actually very short sighted, so I have to crawl along the ground to see these things.

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hmmm il take a shot at this thank you chas..
are the leaves going to be alright??
how do you mean press them? with an iron?

tony


Hey mate. I just put the leaves-in-question inside a notebook, clamp the notebook and let it sit for 2-3 days. The come out dry, so it it is best to paint them and seal with a varnish.

Cheers,
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Posted: Tuesday, July 07, 2009 - 11:12 AM UTC
See what Charles King says in his feature on pine trees about preserving by spraying with glycerin. Might be worth a shot. I wonder if that might be some kind of florist technique for doing those dried flower arrangements.