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Jungle Vines
A bit of Tom-foolery with Lego-leftovers and...FIRE! MMMWAAAHA,HA,HA,HA,HA!!!!
About this creation
Well, they say "one man's trash is another man's treasure." With that in mind, here's a little something I discovered you can do about those pesky, plastic plant Lego-leftovers (say THAT three times fast!).


If you've seen the Landscape Sketch #1, you'll know I've been fooling around with rock and foliage ideas. Eventually I'm planning on a short story to go with some new MOC's, most of which will involve jungle and cave pics. I discovered pretty quickly that there wasn't anything out there to satisy my need...my want...my desperate, maddening desire...for vines. Then suddenly a thought came to me, "Aaaaah,what about those pieces that the plant leaves come in?" Now of course, this won't work for those who are purists - after all, not only is it NOT an official Lego part, but it takes a bit of customizing. Nevertheless, I liked the outcome, so I thought I'd share for anyone interested...



So I snatched up one of these suckers...










...and separated the parts.







I cut the plastic piece near one of the bends...








...and then heated the plastic to shape it as needed. This, by the way, was the tricky part; too close to the flame and it gets blackened, too long near the flame and the plastic could start to distort. A couple of inches away, and about five seconds worked perfectly.







...and this was the end result.










I wrapped a few of the small black rubber bands around them as well for texture. This also allows me to make various lengths of vines or attach them in groups. Here we've got 'em with some tree foliage...






...and here I threw them on to the Landscape sketch with some other greenery to see the effect.








Now if I can just figure out what to do with all those tute-flurtin' Bionicle parts!!!







Follow ups:

April 5, 2008

Jonathan Thomas wrote: "Did you get that Idea after seeing Alpha Squad Commandos "Hide and Seek on Kashyyyk" I'm not saying you ripped him off. But if you did see that before you should give him credit"

Actually I didn't see "Hide and Seek on Kasyyyk." What can I say, "great minds think alike"...or in my case: "nominally mediocre minds think like more intellegent folks every blue moon." Anyway, there ya have it gang - "Hide and Seek on Kashyyyk" for more brilliant insights into the manipulation of plastic plants! Thanks Jonathan!!


April 8th, 2008

JD Luse wrote: "VERY cool! Oh, and I like those links that you put up on your home page, but you forgot DARKspawn! =) If you don't want to put him on that's fine. Anyway, sweet vines!"

Ya know, I absolutely love Darkspawn's stuff! In fact he was the main catalyst for me starting some landscape work. So right you are, JD...time to get that man on my home page!




Comments

 I like it 
  September 29, 2011
I guess great minds think alike! My wife received a bunch of these plant leaves and when I saw the triangles of green plastic, I immediately thought I could cut them and make roots/vines. I then thought, surely I can't be the first person to think of this, so I checked here and found your great instructions on how to bend them to suit. I consider these to be legitimate LEGO parts since LEGO sold them to me!
Mark Kelso
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Mark E
  June 1, 2011
Ohhh boy ordering that stuff right away thanks for the tip Kelso!
  February 16, 2011
This is very clever. It seems I have a problem with my account. Normally I would write in the MOC Advice group, but unfortunately, every time I get to the sign in page (were I type in my email and password [which I have to do to comment in groups]) nothing happens. The page just pops up again. It even hinders me from signing out. Is there any thing that I can do? Should I wait a few days and contact someone if it gets better? Sorry for this ridiculously long comment/complaint. Again, clever vine technique.
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  September 21, 2010
Ah man.....that is a good idea, and I always throw that crud out.....
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  August 16, 2010
Genius!!
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  May 17, 2010
Cool idea. Too bad that i haven't the parts anymore. Could be useful for swamptrees and such.
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  September 18, 2009
You de-pur... Un-puris...? NOT PURIST! I love it. I ain't a purist. Very nice. But I don't have those plants. :(
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  June 22, 2009
Quoting Yuri Fassio I know exactly what you can do with those bionicle parts...
I'll make a note of that, Yuri...I think we've found a win - win situation!
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  June 18, 2009
I know exactly what you can do with those bionicle parts...
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  June 7, 2009
Great Idea Mark!! I would have never thought of that! Can you please comment on my Omaha Beach Assault and my Thompson M1A1, I'm quite proud of them! Thanks ~ Milan
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  October 24, 2008
Actually Mark its no long alpha squad commando. Its Will Thomas and he doesn't do star wars anymore. Lets just say he builds sick post apoc and by the way I gave you credit for the vine Idea on my latest Lego
 I like it 
  October 22, 2008
Interesting topic ! I plan to make more landscapes MOC in the future and this could be a nice feature (in case I'll used it, I'll give you credits obviously) - Hope your ship goes on well, thanks for your review !
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  June 13, 2008
good idea!I saw someone credited brickster for it but...?
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  June 9, 2008
It's so cool we can write more than one review...Anyway, the reason I'm writing a "comment" is I used your idea for a Indiana Jones remix thing. Thanks for the brains!
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  May 20, 2008
Nice, a very unorthodox technique, but it works very well.
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  April 9, 2008
really cool. by the way, i got the three indiana jones movies for my birthday, march 28th, and the last crusade was scratchy, so we sent it back, and ill have to get a new one before i know how ijatlc ends, and make a lego movie of it.. anyway did you see my other indy movie?? it was much better than the ending movie
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  April 9, 2008
For what big project is this? Very cool...
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  April 7, 2008
VERY cool! Oh, and I like those links that you put up on your home page, but you forgot DARKspawn! =) If you don't want to put him on that's fine. Anyway, sweet vines!
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  April 6, 2008
You're a freaking genius, do you know that? =P
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  April 5, 2008
As an avowed purist I insist that if you are to use this Lego detritus in a MOC, you use it in its original unharmed triangular form. However, your fine tree soothes the rage your wanton slashing and burning has stirred me to.
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  April 5, 2008
Really good... and with LEGO pieces!!!
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  April 5, 2008
LOLZ the MOC with the vines is mine Mark. And I just cut em into two pieces and hung them on the trees. I didn't tie them or singe them. And I didn't tick off any purists in the process. I think I might try to make them straighter with teh candle if I do another wooded dio. Anyways, great job, 5/5.
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  April 5, 2008
I've often found myself trying to use those kind of extra parts, but never came up with a use! I'm into the jungle creations, so this helped me out a bit, thanks! Great job.
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  April 5, 2008
Did you get that Idea after seeing Alpha Squad Commandos "Hide and Seek on Kashyyyk" I'm not saying you ripped him off. But if you did see that before you should give him credit
 I like it 
  April 5, 2008
very creative and good for the enviroment too, 5/5
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  April 5, 2008
I don't own the part you use, but even though I consider myself a purist I might even do this. After all, these parts don't really have any use, and I wouldn't feel sorry to give them one. They really look great, so that's no problem.
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  April 5, 2008
Certainly a clever idea, but I think I will have to fall into the purist camp on this one. The green "x64" works fairly well for vines. Lee.
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  April 4, 2008
NOW THAT IS TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL MATE!! Well done ol' chap. I wonder if you could bend the vines with a hair dryer or heat gun. It mightn't blacken it as the candle flame? PS: Love the tree by the way.
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  April 4, 2008
wOW YOU WORKED REALLY HARD AND IT SHOWS! PLEASE TAKE A LOOK AT MY CREATIONS!
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  April 4, 2008
Wicked!! although it seems like a lot of work.
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  April 4, 2008
What a novel idea. I mean, they'd end up in the garbage dump anyway. Your saving the environment while enhancing your lego environment. Wait until Al Gore hears about this. But seriously, its a good idea and it makes the tree look that much more real.
 
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