How To Use Static Grass

A complete guide to the many ways that you can use and apply static grass to your layout.

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Commercially supplied static grass consists of fibers selected for their ability to hold a static electric charge.

They are usually a blend of colored nylon, rayon, or polyester fibers made to realistically replicate grass on a diorama/layout.  They are offered in varying lengths and colors.

Homemade static grass is often made of human hair or rabbit fur cut and dyed to appropriate lengths and colors.

Static grass is usually used by applying a layer of glue on the surface on which the grass will be applied, sprinkling it on the glue and then causing it to stand up under the influence of a static field.

How To Use Static Grass

  1. Apply prepared glue to the area to be covered with grass
  2. Ground the applicator to the glued area
  3. Load the applicator  with static grass
  4. Sprinkle the static grass over the glued area
  5. Apply dust to cover areas between the static grass.
  6. Allow the glue to dry;
  7. Remove excess static grass.

Materials Required To Use Static Grass For Scenery

There are many ways that static grass is used. Each of the videos here has some very interesting and useful information that can help you make your layout look better.

Making Static Grass Look Real – Shows how to apply the static grass and how to press it down to look like grass in a field.

How To Layer Static Grass – Shows how to get varying heights of weeds in a field. Excellent.

Make Flexible Static Grass Patches – How to make flexible patches of static grass that you can apply to the layout.

Simple Way To Apply Static Grass – Uses an external plastic container to apply grass.

Flowering grass tufts – Excellent video on making a collection of flowers.

Static Grass Tufts – Makes grass tuft and then adds stems from paint brush to make flowering weeds.

Non Static Weeds And Grass – Excellent demonstration that shows how to add grass without a static grass applicator. Uses a vacuum cleaner.

Vines and Bushes – Budget vines and bushes.

Real Dirt Part 1 – About processing and adding real dirt to your layout.

Real Dirt Part 2 – More on using real dirt

How To Model Static Grass Tufts In Place – Kathy Milat on making tufts directly on layout.

You can get a static grass applicator here.

You can get static grass here.

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