Make Wire Trees

How To Make Wire Trees

Tutorial  on making wire trees – conifer. and deciduous including birch, oak, linden, beech.  This page provides important generic information.  Links to pages describing how to make each of these and more are at the bottom of the page. 

There are four phases to making a wire tree.

Research And Planning

Building The Armature

Developing The Trunk And Large Branches

Adding The Small Branches And Leaves Or Needles.

Each has its own learning curve.

Let’s start with planning.

The research and planning stage is critical.  That includes deciding the number and quality of each species of trees you need in your diorama.   Your foreground trees will require a lot more detail that are behind something.

It is the foreground trees that I will focus on here.  (You will make rejects.  No problem, put them into the “to be used as background ” box and make another.)

Look at prototypes and take pictures.  Measure the truck diameter, the height, the diameter or the canopy, the height of the first branch above ground level.  Take pictures of the base and root system as well as the ground cover and greenery around the tree.

If you cannot visit the area where the trees of interest are, go to the web.  Use Google images and Google maps street view.

With this knowledge in hand, it is time to start thinking about the armature.

We recommend scrap electrical cable and thin wire you buy at you local building supply.  Some people use floral wire.








Strip the cable and straighten the wire.







I print a copy of my prototype and make a sketch. In the beginning of my foray into making foreground trees I was rather lazy in doing this.   With time I have become more detailed.

To the left is an example of an extremely simple plan for a Scotts pine.  Its main purpose is to set distances between the branches.






Update in progress.




Practicing on these branches will save you a lot of time and grief. The time spent practicing pays dividends in that you are less likely to ruin good armatures either in the making or finishing processes.


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