...... is what I am currently working on.
Here you can see the forms that I have started....still a long way to go on most of these yet. They have only had the first level of bark applied and painted.
The willow, started life as a bush but grew out of control....so I figured I may as well go all the way and make a small cherry blossom willow from it.
The bonsai I am currently working on is another cherry blossom but this time it has weeping branches. It seems these grow larger than some bonsai so I made it a little bigger, only to find it won't sit stable in my bonsai trays...they are only a few mm deep. So today I need to find a suitable pot for it.
I should have photos of the bonsai in a day or two. The willow isn't a specific order so that might get left behind for a little while.
One of the biggest problems I have with working so small is static. For the bonsai I was trying to cut leaves 1/8th inch long and circles 1/16th inch across. At this size it is hard enough to do without the added problem of static. They stick to my shaping pad, my clothes, the desk and my tweezers.
I was wining about this and Mick said...."duh...sit at my desk". I completely forgot that his desk was all wired up to be static free due to the delicate electronics he works on.
So I sat at his desk, wired myself up, plugged myself in and BINGO...less static. It isn't perfect and he says it won't be simply because of the size of the leaves but it was definitely much better. So now he is going to wire up my desk as well :-)
We are heading off on the road this weekend so I should finish the bonsai but that is probably about all I'll have time for this week.
That and practicing roses. I agreed to try and make a rose tree but roses are my nemesis. I find them so hard, which is really silly as they are one of the flowers most anyone can make. So why did I agree to try a rose tree you might be wondering...because it will force me to make them and get good at them and the curse will be broken :-)
You know I won't let anything substandard leave this room so by saying I'd do this I have to keep on and on until I can make them......prepare for lots of rejects :-)