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Vine's Technique! Goodbye Rigidity!
A technique I've recently developed while searching for the ultimate vine look :D
About this creation
This technique shows you how to make a string for holding 20 bamboo pieces together on a string without tying knots. This is not for the purist but is a far superior technique to anything i've seen.


Cut the THIN tips off a grass piece


Use a drawing pin to pierce a small hole into the THICK grass stalk, make sure you leave 2-3mm either side of the hole.


Cut the short 4-5mm length of THICK grass stalk off the grass piece.


Cut a 23 brick tall piece of nylon (needs to be precise, I use 15lb nylon, higher may achieve a better stopper). Feed the nylon around 8mm through the cut grass stalk


Cut a 5mm length piece of 3mm rigid hose - this becomes the stopper on the end of our nylon.
Place the grass stalk inside the 5mm rigid hose. Make sure your nylon stays threaded through the stalk! :D


Force the grass stalk into the hose. The nylon will cause tightening within the piece of hose. I used a 1mm precision screw driver to make sure the stalk was firmly in place.


There should be the nylon coming out of the end, plus a short nylon stem.

REPEAT THIS PROCESS FOR BOTH ENDS OF THE NYLON!


Now, thread your Stopper through the bamboo pieces until the nylon length is full.
You may need to connect 10-15 pieces of bamboo to fit your last few bamboo's on.
I also used a minifig lance to help push the stopper through the bamboo tops.


Your top bamboo should look like this.


The bottom bamboo should look like this.


The full string should look like this. Notice how the string naturally makes a wobbly path for the bamboo pieces - this is because of the small amount of tension on the nylon.


This is an example of the wacky things you can do with this bamboo string - pretty cool huh!? This last pic and main pic are of my current MIP 'Discovering the Magistrar Pinnicle'

Well I hope some of you find this useful! This finished build will be a few days away and will be getting displayed in the local Toyworld Store :)
I also have to purchase about 500 more bamboo's to make up for the 400 i've used as vines... ~Thoy




Comments

 I made it 
  August 7, 2012
Quoting Justin M Superb vine technique, Thoy!
Thanks Justin :)
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  August 7, 2012
Superb vine technique, Thoy!
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  June 28, 2011
Quoting Surduk Vergl Excellent idea! Now, you got me thinking - if I use http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=x77ac100 and "clip" it with 1x1 plates on the ends it would be pure enough for some people ;D ..but than again, I'm sure it would end with bamboo all over the flor if I don't handle it with care :/ :D
You could do this, though I havn't tested how well studs will hold string - but in theory it should work :)
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  June 27, 2011
Excellent idea! Now, you got me thinking - if I use http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=x77ac100 and "clip" it with 1x1 plates on the ends it would be pure enough for some people ;D ..but than again, I'm sure it would end with bamboo all over the flor if I don't handle it with care :/ :D
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  June 27, 2011
Incredibly innovative and inventive! You sir are easily one of my favorite builders of all time! How you thought up the technique blows my mind!
Thoy Bradley
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Ghost (Hunter Russ)
  June 26, 2011
Amazing build bro!
 I made it 
  June 26, 2011
Quoting Lwc guy Awesome! It's a shame I never go to toy world. Is ir the one in manakau?
Nah, this is the one in Onehunga, i'm mates with one of the workers there and the owner. Onehunga TW is same price as warehouse for Lego, and they often have specials.
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  June 26, 2011
Awesome! It's a shame I never go to toy world. Is ir the one in manakau?
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  June 26, 2011
This technique is something I've never seen! It does look awesome! BTW thanks for joining my group AND posting this!
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  June 26, 2011
Quoting Captain McCoy™ That's awsome!...is it normal to read other people's comments?
Umm, I believe so... :)
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  June 26, 2011
Quoting Deus Otiosus What if you use LEGO official string?
I could do, though that might be harder to thread through the pinhole. I'm not a fan of cutting bricks either but on this occasion it really does pay off. Cheers Deus!
 I made it 
  June 26, 2011
Quoting Sebeus I cutting a lego part is something I would never do, however those vines do look good.
Trust me I only did it because I have such an abundance of grass pieces and never manage to use them up :) 1000+. If Lego made the piece I suggest below I wouldn't be making this sacrifice.
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  June 26, 2011
Quoting Kayne _ Another great contribution Thoy, thanks for the tip....I may just use this one! I am really impressed with the number of trans dark blue 1x2 tiles you have!!!!
This really does work a treat for the eyes you wont be disappointed. I have just under 3000 Trans Blue tiles - this current build uses them all, and it uses all my drk tran blue. medium blue and clear 1x1 round plates... :( Just cant win hahaha. Thanks Kayne!
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  June 26, 2011
its looking great, im just not a big fan of making holes in my bricks, but it looks great and really tropic
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  June 26, 2011
That's clever!
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  June 26, 2011
Wonderful! I came up with a different approach a few years ago - http://mocpages.com/moc.php/53316 - that offers a different look. I'm SO stealing this to combine with my own approach! Yeah...not purist...but both of these methods done together, and WOW, what a great visual opportunity for variety of line, thickness, and texture! Thanks so much for sharing!
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  June 26, 2011
That's awsome!...is it normal to read other people's comments?
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  June 26, 2011
It looks good. Really really good. At a certain level, purest on not, how good something looks is what matters. This belongs in a toy store window. It makes me WANT TO PLAY WITH LEGO right now. Your technique is really slick. Craftsman’s ship really. Nope, I wouldn't do it (purest doctrine and all that) but most people don't care about that. It goes back to the look, and this looks absolutely cool! Attack!
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  June 26, 2011
What if you use LEGO official string?
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  June 26, 2011
cutting a lego part is something I would never do, however those vines do look good. I think there might be a solution not involving the grass stalk piece. Anyway, very interesting :)
 I made it 
  June 26, 2011
Quoting Cody G Neat design, although I think there's a piece that you could use instead of the nylon line. It was the web in spider man sets, I think. Basically it's a string with a bunch of short lengths of rod along it.
I know the piece, the rods along it don't allow the string to be stretched within the vine length, means you wont get the wobble effect. Look bellow I've linked the piece that is best suitable from Lego :)
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  June 26, 2011
Neat design, although I think there's a piece that you could use instead of the nylon line. It was the web in spider man sets, I think. Basically it's a string with a bunch of short lengths of rod along it.
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  June 25, 2011
Another great contribution Thoy, thanks for the tip....I may just use this one! I am really impressed with the number of trans dark blue 1x2 tiles you have!!!!
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  June 25, 2011
A very nice technique, but I am not very big about destroying LEGO. However, if i ever DO need awesome looking vines, then I'll check this again. Nice technique though!
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  June 25, 2011
Very inventive technique, but I have a strong aversion to mutilating Legos. Still, if I ever have the need to make a vine-covered setting I'll keep this post in mind. Thanks for sharing, Thoy!
 I made it 
  June 25, 2011
Quoting Oscar van der Beek Yeah, I consider myself a purist when it comes to using Lego-copy-cat brands such as Enlighten and MEGA BLOKS. But I don't have any real problem with modding bricks.
To be honest I normally wouldn't do any moding at all. There just happens to be a lack of piece made by TLG for what I was trying to do :) technically the only thing that isn't Lego is the nylon :D
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  June 25, 2011
Yeah, I consider myself a purist when it comes to using Lego-copy-cat brands such as Enlighten and MEGA BLOKS. But I don't have any real problem with modding bricks.
 I made it 
  June 25, 2011
Quoting W. Mark Neat technique! Of course, purist that I am, I just can't give up without a fight.
Hahaha, if there was one person I was expecting flak from it was you :) Yeah I know those flex parts well, they could work well but they don't allow the random wobbles the same. Lego do have a string with a grip at one end and a stud at the other http://www.bricklink.com/search.asp?colorID=11&itemID=98116 . I'd really like them to bring out a string with a single grip at each end - they are much more usable than the string with 2 studs http://www.bricklink.com/search.asp?colorID=11&itemID=58595 . Cheers Mark, I havn't given up my hope yet!
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  June 25, 2011
Neat technique! Of course, purist that I am, I just can't give up without a fight. Why not just use the old, wider flex-tubing (there was a really flexible kind at some point, shown as a brain coral in my Aquarium MOC: http://mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=214684&id=/user_images/57080/12794894816 )? It's a little harder to force through, admittedly, but you won't have to deal with a group of annoyed purists. Still, pretty clever technique! (OK, the grammar cop in me is not letting me ignore this. There shouldn't be an apostrophe in "Vines" in the title. Sorry, I couldn't help myself).
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  June 25, 2011
Interesting, though I hate cutting my bricks too. Very innovative!
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  June 25, 2011
Looks great! I hate cutting my bricks :( Gives me a couple of ideas though :)
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  June 25, 2011
wow! this really is ingenious!
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  June 25, 2011
Quoting Blake Baer As much of a purist as I may claim to be, I really like your creativity with this one Thoy.
I know what you mean, I'm a purist at heart and this is the first mod i've ever done - just as well it is a brilliant one (IMO anyway). Cheers!
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  June 25, 2011
As much of a purist as I may claim to be, I really like your creativity with this one Thoy.
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  June 25, 2011
AMAZING idea! I love it! only thing is, not many people have enough of those pieces...
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  June 25, 2011
Good to see you showing some Kiwi ingenuity!
 
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