Sunday, August 15, 2010

Tree of Life pendant

I saw this pendant on a friend of mine a couple of weeks a go and went ga-ga over it.  A woman at a local bead store had made it for her that we frequently go into and sometimes work for.  Anyway when I found this today I had to share it with everyone as I got so excited.  I am definitely going to make this.  And I hope some of you do as well.  The picture does not do it justice.  I found this on FaveCrafts. 

Create this gorgeous and colorful Tree of Life Pendant easily with gemstone chips in leaf colors. This pendant is the perfect addition to any wardrobe.

  • One 6mm Soldered Ring
  • 4" 16g Sterling Wire
  • 3ft 24g Soft Sterling Wire - cut into four 9" pieces
  • Assorted Gemstones chips - in leaf colors
  • 1" diameter Dowel or Pipe
  • Wire Cutter
  • Chain-Nose Pliers
  1. Using the dowel or pipe as your form, bend the 16g wire around and cut to create a complete circle.

  2. Slide the 6mm soldered ring onto the loop you create with the heavier wire.

  3. Anchor the 4 pieces of 24g wire to the bottom of the loop by wrapping several time around. (This will also hide ends where they meet on the wire frame.)

  4. Twist the wires together to create a trunk. This should be about 1/2" or half the diameter of the circle.

  5. Add the stone chips to the wires and weave them to create the branches. Create a small loop at then end of each wire after the chips so they don't fall off. You can simply cross the beaded wires to create fullness.

  6. Wrap the end of the wire around the frame to anchor. Make sure you capture the soldered ring in the center as you do this so your pendant hangs properly.

  7. Trim the ends and tuck down into the direction of the wire.
Good Luck and Happy beading!

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