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Re: Blending leaves
« Reply #15 on: October 24, 2015, 09:41:25 PM »
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An oven at 100degF for a few hours will do it.  Or outside on a sunny or breezy day.

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Re: Blending leaves
« Reply #16 on: October 24, 2015, 11:31:34 PM »
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My oven only goes down to 170 deg F (my toaster oven only down to 200 deg F).  100 degrees sounds like a perfect job for a food dehydrator (which I usually use to speed paint drying on my models).
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Re: Blending leaves
« Reply #17 on: October 27, 2015, 01:50:13 PM »
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I use one of my 1:1 scale autos as a drying oven. Even on a partially cloudy day it still gets warm in there. On a sunny day it works very well.

I'll have to try Alaska Railroader's technique, she has done some of the most realistic model trees I have ever seen.
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Re: Blending leaves
« Reply #18 on: October 27, 2015, 03:52:25 PM »
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I'll have to try Alaska Railroader's technique, she has done some of the most realistic model trees I have ever seen.

Yes, between Karin and grove den (Jos) we have couple of tree masters here.
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Re: Blending leaves
« Reply #19 on: October 27, 2015, 04:22:38 PM »
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I don't grind my leaves for leaves necessarily as much as for ground cover and forest floor. 
Thus, for those purposes, I leave the stems and leaf veins intact or not separated from the rest of the material.
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Re: Blending leaves
« Reply #20 on: October 28, 2015, 03:45:37 AM »
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This was a horrible experiment on my part. Seems like the tray of leaves never dried and is now in fact growing fur  :facepalm:

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Re: Blending leaves
« Reply #21 on: October 28, 2015, 04:25:11 AM »
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This was a horrible experiment on my part. Seems like the tray of leaves never dried and is now in fact growing fur  :facepalm:


What did yo use for the blender.................a horse!!!  :o :o :D

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Re: Blending leaves
« Reply #22 on: October 28, 2015, 05:31:17 AM »
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LOL!  That actually sort of looks like a cow pie!
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Re: Blending leaves
« Reply #23 on: October 28, 2015, 06:56:59 AM »
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Maybe you should have spread that out a little more to dry out better, by using two or maybe even three plates.

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Re: Blending leaves
« Reply #24 on: October 28, 2015, 08:17:35 AM »
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I always dump the sodden mess onto a rag or old kitchen towel to soak up the excess water.  A day or so in the sun is usually enough to dry it, or the lowest setting of the oven.

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Re: Blending leaves
« Reply #25 on: October 28, 2015, 08:24:21 PM »
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Best thing do is not wet the leaves in the blender.
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Re: Blending leaves
« Reply #26 on: October 28, 2015, 11:36:05 PM »
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I would say not microwaving them is key. What does @Hornwrecker do?
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Re: Blending leaves
« Reply #27 on: October 29, 2015, 03:08:30 AM »
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I didn't nuke the ones in the photo. Did that to a much smaller batch. looks the same except the tips of everything is black.

Hey, but thanks for reminding me to toss out that batch too!   :scared:

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Re: Blending leaves
« Reply #28 on: October 29, 2015, 05:07:27 PM »
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Have you tried blending them with alcohol instead of water? It would dry much faster and kill the bacteria/fungus that is creating your fur.
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Re: Blending leaves
« Reply #29 on: October 29, 2015, 08:35:26 PM »
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Blending them with any kind of liquid is going to bad news. The cellulous is going to stick things togeher if the bacteria doesn’t start growing first.  I’ve always done small batches in a coffee grinder. (as noted above) the blade chops instead of slices.  Then take what comes out and run it through a sifter to remove the large chunks. You don’t end up with a lot at one time, but hey Chris how much do you need for a door? :D