A test with a completed "branch" worked well. I dont want them touching the floor, but the length works well with the thickness. As a unit of 3 they may work better. The most recent is the best. It is thick and hovers only a cm above the ground.
I have begun a new method of using material instead of newspaper, and plaster instead of the papier-mache mixture. It is a quicker method that produces more textured results. Pleased so far.