That's it! I'm leaving!

by brae  

Or "leafing" is perhaps the word I need here.  :D  I finally had some time to work on the maple tree again.  This is three hours of work, so that ought to tell you just how much time this will take.  I foresee many movies and TV marathons in my future.

I made 425 additional leaves to add to the approximate 800 from the Easy Leaves sheets, for 1,225.  I still might need more, but for now I am starting to apply the leaves to the tree.  I can make more as needed.  Each leaf is applied using a mix of Aleene's Quick Dry and super glue gel using a toothpick; the glue is applied to the stem only.  Long, slant-nosed tweezers are a lifesaver.  :]

I've spaced the leaves apart.  I will go back later and add in more to fill in.  Right now they are also flat, but once they dry I can bend them down, up or sideways.  By applying the leaves to all the branches, I can keep going until I reach the fullness I want without overdoing one section and ending up bare in another.  Plus, I want to use the slightly smaller leaves from the Easy Leaf sheets throughout.  By working all around, these will be evenly distributed even if I end up with more of the manually paper punched leaves overall.

13 comments

Comment from: Debora [Visitor]
It's looking wonderful! The spacing is very realistic too...I just looked at the maple in my yard to check! :D Beautiful!
06/18/16 @ 13:39
Comment from: Barbara [Visitor]
If this is any indication of things to come, it is going to be amazing!
06/18/16 @ 15:09
Comment from: Sheila [Visitor]
Wow! So impressive! You could always go with sparser leaves and a few dots of brownish green here and there for a sping tree with buds and leaves still coming out.
06/18/16 @ 16:13
Comment from: weecutetreasures [Visitor]
Have to smile at your reference to movies and TV marathons. Netflix is a lifesaver when doing stuff like this. I find I prefer to watch stuff I have watched before so that I can look away from the screen often. Love the second photograph. Leaves look great, but the photo itself is lovely. Looks like a tree in autumn after a strong gust of wind has blown the other leaves away!
06/18/16 @ 16:49
Comment from: Keli [Visitor]
Gorgeous! Having done this before, I recommend working from the inside out. Happy leaving!
06/18/16 @ 22:08
Comment from: Pat [Visitor]
OMG. In awe once again. Don't you get hand cramps?
06/19/16 @ 07:22
Comment from: cinderellamoments [Visitor]
Wow! It already looks so amazing! I remember doing my rose covered arbor. I thought I was getting close to the end only to realize I'd have to make oodles more. You have so much patience and talent. This will be a snap for you. You're probably already done as I type this out. :) Sorry about little Milo! What a cute little guy he was. :( hugs♥, Caroline
06/19/16 @ 07:53
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you! :>> Yes, I've thought about painting buds, too! :yes: We'll see how I do on time (and patience). :))
06/19/16 @ 09:08
Comment from: Cheverly L [Visitor]
Ah, the post I've been eagerly anticipating! This is so exciting, and will be your best tree yet. It already looks so lifelike... using the putty has made such wonderful bark. I completely agree with @weecutetreasures. Perfect description!
06/19/16 @ 16:29
Comment from: Irene [Visitor]
Excellent work Brae - what patience!
06/20/16 @ 02:46
Comment from: elizabeth s [Visitor]
What a tremendous difference you leaves have already made to the realism of the tree. Your spacing looks good and although it sounds tedious the results of your efforts are worth the work. Lookin Good!
06/20/16 @ 04:15
Comment from: Jeannette T [Visitor]
The tree looks great! I admire your miniature skills, but I also admire your photography very much. The second photo is amazing!!
07/01/16 @ 17:44
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you! :>>
08/05/16 @ 09:22


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