Continuing work on the Bay Tree kit from The Miniature Garden. I painted the branches a mix of dark grey brown and used a stylus to add a center vein to all of the leaves in the package. I figured I would curl all of the leaves even if I ended up have some left over.
As I started gluing the leaves to the armature, I realized something was off. The kit photo on the website shows a round, full tree top. Mine was full, but it would not be round once completed.
I went back to the instructions and figured out where I went wrong. The instructions indicate making five side stems but the image shows only the center stem and two side stems. I remember being confused by this at the time and just went by the drawing. I had wondered why I had so much wire left over.
Instead of foregoing the work already done, I made two additional side stems. This is still not the five indicated in the kit instructions, but adding these two should address the issue for the most part. I might end up with bare spots but it should at least be rounder overall.
I added Durham's Water Putty to the new stems as well as the main trunk.
Once it's dry, I'll touch up the paint and get back to leafing! :D
In that last photo, I can hear it singing an opera!
It looks like a lot of work but will be worth it in the end. I can see a little bird sitting in the branches when complete!
Good save, I agree this should be enough to give you a densely leaved tree.
Glad you caught that. Looks like you’ll have a really pretty tree when finished