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Posted by bobharling1, on 2008-07-14 23:32:01


ello all, i'm working on some scenery for a new set i''m making and i need to make some corn stalks for a farm scene. corn stalks need to be roughly 6 inches high. was just wondering if anyone has made some this scale and what materials they used. i have a few bizarre ideas in my head how to make some, but was hoping someone could offer, some other ideas. ty much

Posted by Strider, on 2008-07-14 23:42:32

Ello ello!!! :7 I think I'd probably start with a wire for the core, to facilitate waving in the wind (if that's necessary) - otherwise just a wooden dowel or something. Then I'd wrap that with some paper that's been wrinkled and flattened out to give it some texture. If you try a few things I'm sure you can find a way to wrap it so the top part can be ben out to form a leaf and/or a cob (need to sculpt cobs and pop them inside the paper). Maybe paint the paper before all this. Hmmm... little tufts of massed thread or painted dog hair for the tufts on top of the cobs. Anyway - probably something like how I'd do it.

Posted by bobharling1, on 2008-07-14 23:47:26

yeah that was my first thought, was to do armature wire for stalk, wrap it in paper, like paper mache type deal, for the stalk and umm leaves i guess.

Posted by Nick H, on 2008-07-15 02:04:13

That's how I would do one cornstalk, or a dozen. If there were hundreds, and they didn't have to wave in the breeze, I would look around for some real plants that looked like a small version of a corn plant. Maybe a coarse stalky grass, or dwarf bamboo, don't know what. I'd look in weedy patches of ground, and in garden supplies. And maybe anywhere there are dried flowers/plants or artificial plants. If I didn't find anything, then it's back to making them one by one. If they don't need to animate, bamboo skewers might work instead of wire. Or: I had to make prehistoric horsetails for an ancient swamp years ago. I re-used some of them in L'Animateur (at SMS), in the pond. They have a single central stalk, like corn, but different foliage. They were made from throw-away chopsticks, belt-sanded to create the look of segments in the stalk, and little bits of plastic plant foliage was hot-glued on at each joint. I wet the chopsticks in hot water and was able to bend them very slightly to take away the artificial dead-straight look. Chopsticks might work for cornstalks too. You'd have to stick leaves on, but the stalk could maye just be painted wood/bamboo.

Posted by bobharling1, on 2008-07-15 21:51:45

ty mike and ty nick, yeppers gonna raid a fake flower shop and see what i can find.

Posted by hemble, on 2008-07-16 00:24:07

Have you thought about using plastic fish tank plants? I use them on my scf-fi and indiana jones dioramas and there is one type in paticular which is very close to what you would like. Also it can be cut to different lengths as well here is a link to one of the dio's I have used it on. (pic attached) It's the plant in the foreground to the left and also just behind the rope. Ron

Posted by Nick H, on 2008-07-16 05:26:34

Come to think of it, the plastic foliage I used on my horsetails was from an aquarium. Good thing you mentioned that.

Posted by bobharling1, on 2008-07-16 16:04:52

ty hemble, great idea. yeah then i can just cut to size. yeah leaves need to be a bit narrow and wavy, and i could picture some straight away, when i saw your reply. ty much