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Post by lhgoudie on Tue Sep 25, 2012 9:40 am

Hi, Sorry this took me so long to post.



This week, I'll be showing how to make the tree of life pendant.

Materials:

24 gauge wire

1 1/4 - 1 1/2 metal ring (preferably without a slit or space)

beads (i used natural stone beads, but multi faceted crystal beads work too)

pliers and wire cutters
Instructions


1. Cut wire into 4 pieces appoximately 9 inches long.

2. Bend each length of wire in half.

3. Begin bulding the branches of your tree by taking one piece of wire and slipping it over the ring until the ring rests in the bend. Twist the wire gently once or twice to keep it in place. Repeat with each piece of wire until all pieces have been secured.

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4. Begin adding beads to branch wires (approx. 4-6 or whatever looks good to you) Gently twist the wire at the bottom of the beads together two or three times.

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5. Gather wires and gently twist all wires together, making sure the twist is centred. This will form the trunk of your tree. Flip the beads and gathered wires over so that they are positioned in the circular frame.


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6. Gently spread out the beaded branches around the bottom of the frame in groups of two. If necessary, gently unwrap some of the wires to make sure you have enough write to create the roots. Gently twist the pairs of wires together to form the roots.

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To finish, wrap excess wire around bottom of ring to form roots, trimming if needed. Please note, you don't want the ends to scratch you when you where it, so try to trim near the front bottom or top.

To wear, they suggest using jumprings and attaching a chain. I found that the rings I used were too thick and heavy, so I just slid a leather cord through the top. But if you do have the thinner rings like Sierra, the jump rings will work great.








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Post by Texas_Dawn on Tue Sep 25, 2012 10:19 pm

Aussie finish his homework yet?

Ok this is looking simple enough so far.... but the beads I selected... not looking so good. Time to dig for more....

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Post by lhgoudie on Tue Sep 25, 2012 11:45 pm

If you can't find any, let me know and I'll throw some in an envelope.

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Post by Texas_Dawn on Tue Sep 25, 2012 11:51 pm

No need, I am not using any of the correct supplies anyhow. This is going to be interesting. I am really doing it to learn the technique as I have not done this kind of beading before.

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Post by lhgoudie on Wed Sep 26, 2012 2:07 am

Oh, honey, there is no technique, just slide the beads on and twist. That's it.

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Post by Sierra on Wed Sep 26, 2012 4:50 am

I have a lot of beads in autumn color that have the shape of leaves. Would they work well?

Another question is.... how many beads do you add before twisting the wire a few times? One? a few?

What is the purpose of this tree of life? I hadn't seen this. But I like it as it appeals to me and I have beads and wire that I use to make rosaries with.


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Post by lhgoudie on Wed Sep 26, 2012 5:15 am

It's just a pattern that I found; there are a lot of varieties but this one is really simple. This can be used as a pendant, or you can make smaller ones into earrings or bookmarks or whatever you want.

I don't know if the beads you have would work, but you could try. I usually use 4 to 6 beads, but it all depends on the ring you're using.

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Post by Sierra on Wed Sep 26, 2012 5:21 am

Thanks for the information, Lisa. I checked the meaning of it on the Internet. And this is what I found. Interesting. I like this craft. I don't think my leaves would be appropriate because they are kind of biggish.

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While the symbol itself is an enigma, the Tree of Life Pendant is full of meaning. The Tree of Life Pendant binds different beliefs, from Judaism and Christianity to Paganism and Taoism.

If you're interested in symbolic jewelry you should consider a Tree of Life pendant. It symbolizes numerous things, including knowledge, security, strength, beauty, and the interconnection of all life.

Looking for a perfect gift for someone special? Then a Tree of Life Pendant is what you need.

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Post by Guest on Wed Sep 26, 2012 7:03 am

How would it be as a pin I have not see any picture of it yet?

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Post by lhgoudie on Wed Sep 26, 2012 7:48 am

Here is the first one I made.

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There should be a way to make it into a pin.

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Post by Sierra on Wed Sep 26, 2012 7:55 am

I've been thinking that I could use the leaves in a big one that would not be a pendant, but more like a dreamcatcher.

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Post by Sierra on Wed Sep 26, 2012 7:58 am

I think that to make it into a pin all one needs is to paste at the rear top the part of a pin.

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Post by Guest on Wed Sep 26, 2012 9:33 am

Oh wow I have to find my beads and wire I think it is in the closet here in the computer room. Looks like you use fairly small beads.

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Post by Guest on Wed Sep 26, 2012 9:34 am

I have to get a ring though darn.

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Post by lhgoudie on Wed Sep 26, 2012 10:28 am

If you do it as a pin, make sure it's a lighter ring. If it's too heavy, it will droop and possibly wreck the fabric.

I have seen it done with the larger hoops and big beads and made into a wall hanging.

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Post by lhgoudie on Thu Sep 27, 2012 3:40 am

You do need to use a fairly small hole, so don't use pony beads. But because you're twisting together, the hole doesn't have to be so tight around the wire, if that makes sense.

I've posted new instructions and photos. Sorry about the glare on the last photo; we were working on them at night and then we went onto the next step, so I can't retake the photo.

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Post by Texas_Dawn on Thu Sep 27, 2012 4:41 pm

yeah, I noticed the pony beads were a bad choice, LOL!

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Post by lhgoudie on Sat Sep 29, 2012 2:40 am

Sorry, Dawn. I should have mentioned using small hole beads, but it's hard when you know what to do, you sort of forget what people wouldn't know.

I've posted the last instructions. My hands are too shaky, so I'll have Russ take a picture of Patricia's and mine tonight and I'll post tomorrow.

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Post by Texas_Dawn on Sat Sep 29, 2012 10:13 pm

This is an amazing project! It is so simple yet looks so difficult.. and one little change can make it so unique. Everyone I have seen so far has been beautiful! Everyone is doing a fantastic job!

Thank you for hosting this month and Thank you again for allowing Patricia to host a week!

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Post by Guest on Sun Sep 30, 2012 4:05 am

My little Bryanna saw this over my shoulder and now.. she wants to do it right away! I am going to have to go find those rings tho.. could you possibly use medium key chain rings? Maybe cover them in the self stick foil in a color similar to the beads? I will have to be on the look out...she is my bead queen!

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Post by lhgoudie on Sun Sep 30, 2012 5:41 am

That should work, Katie, even if just for a practice. Honestly, any ring would work, you just have to work for holes and the wire slipping through. Just if it's a larger or smaller ring, adjust the lengths of the wire.

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