Tweezers are in...perfect for adding the dead branches
Soft Action #5 tweezers are perfect for adding the dead branches and finishing off micro-detail at the top of the tree. Soft-Action means they won't spring back on you when you want to maintain a hold, but have sufficient release when required. Made in Pakistan.
Clear Hot Glue works well for adding dead branches
This tree maker has had the most success adding dead branches using clear hot glue. I've tried the Elmers "Less Mess" hot glue sticks and I didn't think there was a significant reduction in the production of stringy strands. This is a suitable hot glue stick that works just fine. Two sticks per package. Get more info on adding dead branches technique by checking out the second video on tree making by clicking here.
Clear Hot Glue
Clear Hot Glue Sticks (two large sticks) for adding dead branches to trees and for making snag trees. The diameter is 7/16" which fits glue guns like Harbor Freight's #68334 or #95939 hot glue guns, and most larger size guns. Will not fit a mini glue gun. Two glue sticks per pack, each 10" long.
Green Hot Glue blends in with green branches
Green Hot Glue: Nice for adding green branch material to trunks, in lieu of white glue. We still have some in stock. These are the larger 7/16" sticks, about 8" long. There are two sticks per package.
"Japanese" Awl Tools...
These are darn nice for poking holes in things. Essentially a leather punch. I found them helpful for making trees with the older green foliage material which was tough. The new material is easier to work with and no special tools are needed. Here ya go!