First off, this was very much inspired by this lovely beaded tree by beadedbyamy: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=291431.0
Second: details! My eldest brother finally got married to this lovely girl I totally adore (and I say 'finally' because they've been together for ten years now), and they decided to have a beach wedding. I wanted to give them something keeping with that theme, and flailed about for a bit before remembering the aforementioned tree. (I'm usually a stickler for 'useful' gifts, but I also did the photography for the wedding, so. They get this. *G*)
I used copper and silver wire, green glass chips and white shell chips from a broken necklace my GF gave me. This was the first time I've played with tree-making, though I've toyed with wire stuff before. I thought the entire project would take forever, but it was actually surprisingly easy!