Now I have plenty of room to attach 2 pairs of leaves, or twice as many leaves as I normally would.

Split Ends: More Leaves in Less Space

I wanted to build another sculpture with extremely small leaves.  I’ve encountered an issue when making such sculptures in the past.  It seems that as I get toward the ends of branches the high-density leaf structure I had planned fails, and I end up with more widely spaced leaves than I wanted.  I thought that perhaps I could split the end of each branch to overcome this issue.  What follows is an explanation of what I did.

Here's a closeup of one of my branch's tips.

Here’s a closeup of one of my branch’s tips.

I cut the tip at an angle so I can glue branchlets onto it.

I cut the tip at an angle so I can glue branchlets onto it.

Here's the branch tip after the branchlets have been attached.

Here’s the branch tip after the branchlets have been attached.

Now I have plenty of room to attach 2 pairs of leaves, or twice as many leaves as I normally would.

Now I have plenty of room to attach 2 pairs of leaves, or twice as many leaves as I normally would.

Here's a picture of the completed sculpture.

Here’s a picture of the completed sculpture.