Twenty days between posts? Anyone would have thought that I was on holidays, or been slack, or been working on something else. Or all of the above. I've spent a bit of time on the extension of Billabong Marina. I'll need to write something up about that.
Here is where I left the tree.
The next step was to paint the bark a lighter colour. A look out the window showed that a beige would be suitable.
It was hand painted and left to dry. As it was a little bit shiny, I gave it a coat of matte varnish.
When that dried, I sprayed the ends of the branches with a spray on adhesive. I normally paint the ends with PVA glue and dip the tree into a container of ground foam for the leaves before spraying hair spray over the whole lot.
However, I was recently told that spray on adhesive was better.
I built up with a couple of sprays and sprinkling on the ground foam. I did have to wipe of some foam which attached to branches and the trunk where I didn't want leaves.
Next, I drilled a hole and glued it in. This was followed with some leaf litter from leaves and small sticks ground up in a blender. The leaf litter was placed around the base of the tree and glued in place with a 1:3 mix of matte Mod Podge and water, with a drop of dishwashing liquid.
I'm not sure that a gum tree would be this close to an oil depot but this is a compact layout.
Now for the jolly swagman.