|Native Americans "3 Sisters" of corn, beans, and squash|
Next was the problem of what to use for the pieces? The corn stalks were easy. I bought another box of the JT Miniatures corn stalks from Hobby Lobby (I recommend keeping the 40% off coupon web page saved on your smart phone, if you have one). I looked through the plastic plants section of Hobby Lobby and Michaels, but there really wasn't anything with small enough leaves to pass for the beans. However, I had a backup plan. Years ago, I bought plastic plant terrain from a company called Pastimes on the Square. They had a large variety of plants individually based and flocked. One of the packs was very vine-like, and looked like it would pass if I cut them into strips.
|I had bought these from Pastimes on the Square, and thought they'd serve as tiny bean stalks when snipped apart|
|1-inch wooden disks made a perfect base for these terrain pieces|
|The bean plants attached temporarily to the corn stalks with bluetack until the epoxy dries|
|The squash plants are added -- some of them were trimmed up later because I felt they were too tall|
|The bases flocked with Woodland Scenics brown ballast to simulate earth|
After a few hours and the wash has dried, I dab the base with white glue in several spots. I sprinkle these areas with Woodland Scenics blended green turf so that each base has a mix of grass and earth areas. After the glue dries, I spray them with Dullcoate. Once dry, I brush on a 50/50 mix of white glue and water to seal it all in. One more spray of Dullcoate and the bases are complete!
|Closes up of the completed 3 Sisters bases next to a 28mm Native American woman figure|