I was brainstorming on the look and feel of the piece. As Kirai is holding hedgecutters, the most logical and story enhancing scene would be in a japanese garden. At first I envisioned a part of a bridge in there, and later I changed it to these stereotypical archways.
But as I googled 'japanese garden', I saw loads of pictres of these big blossoming trees. This would exactly fit into this scene: it screams 'garden', is always awesome to behold (if done properly), and you can do so much with a tree!
I'm gonna make a rice paper light hanging from one of the branches. It will add to the japanese feel, I guess.
First I have build up the tree from metal wiring. Which was easily enough, actually. Then I filled up the main body with Fimo clay, and baked that in the oven. Now I had a sturdy ground to work on, to really start sculpting the form of the tree. Nothing too fancy, a knot here and there, and mainly smooting it out. And then bake it off again. Once done, I will mount it on the base, and finish it off with greenstuff, as I cannot bake it afterwards anymore.