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Thursday, August 31, 2017

To the trees

Hi all.   First up an update to my rubberized horse hair tutorial.  No photos unfortunately since I had to use it for another project.  The first try did not work.  The hair was brushed off and too fine.  I then used horse mane and tail hair collected over a period of time.  This was washed in dish washing detergent and let to dry until it was slightly damp.  Once it was slightly dame I put it in a salable freezer bag and added my rubber.  For the rubber I used mold making latex mixed one to one with water and added a couple of drops of dish washing liquid to breakup the water surface tension.  The whole bag was shaken up and mixed well and then I drained off any liquid latex left and pulled out the hair.  It was placed on a sheet of granny grating to drain completely.  

The project that I used it for was my forest and thought I would share.  Pines are made using this tutorial.  I followed it to make the armature and I used putty to make the bottom of the trunk.  Once the putty was set I spray painted them black, used spray adhesive to attach the flock and finished off with clear plasti-dip spray rubber.  The birch were made using my tutorial for Birch Trees. I added rubberized horse hair using fantastic elastic.  Once this was set I used the spray adhesive and plasti dip again when I added the flocking.  Bases are from 4 Ground.  I did a total of ten bases with twenty four removable tree bases.

Here are the photos. 

Here is the difference between the homemade rubberized horse hair and the purchased. 

Home made

I tried this before without the plasti dip and the trees shed quite a bit.
All my forest together.

They fit in one little 35L box

I had just finished when one of the guys in my game group asked me to base his trees too.  
Hope you like.
Snitchy sends


  1. Seems very effective, particularly the bases, which really make "a few trees" seem more like "a forest". (plus the bases being removable helps you actually use them during a game too)

    How long is the horse hair that you used?

  2. The horse hair was not cut. Just pulled off the brush after my daughter finished grooming. Just be sure it is mane and tail hair. It is course and will hold its shape.