I know it's been a while, but don't worry- I've been keeping busy!
Summer is my favorite season. I love looking at all the different shades of greens created by trees and I love the airy, open feeling of a group of trees with the wind blowing through them. For this tree, I wanted to interpret those things by creating a tree that has a lot of leaves, but doesn't seem "heavy."
There are 3 different color mixtures, each with about 5 colors in them- light, medium, and dark. There are 2 different size loops. There are also 2 colors of wires- a dark brown and a lighter, slightly more golden brown.
I'm not a jewelry maker. I prefer making my lovely wire trees. I normally just make jewelry for myself and my mom. However, I'm never one to pass up a challenge, so when a lady at the bead store I teach at showed me a necklace in a magazine and asked if I could do that, I said "I don't know, but I'll find out." If you're interested, this necklace is inspired by the one on p. 42 of Bead and Button's 2010 Wirework magazine. I tried to read the directions, but I'm just not good at following instructions. I looked at all the pictures and then made it work the way I wanted. I really like how it turned out... very elegant and organic. Oh, and it sparkles! I'll teach this as a class this spring.
I used sea glass, glass leaves, chinese crystal bicones, tiny glass pearls, and 24 gauge wire.
I haven't submitted much lately, but now I have two new trees to show all of you!
This first one is called "Autumn Gold." When I think of autumn, I think of deep reds and golds, so I decided to tip each leaf in this tree with genuine gold plated beads. I think the whole tree came out looking really elegant.
This one is "Laura's Tree" because it was a commission from a friend of mine (Laura) who is having a little baby boy soon. She doesn't like baby-ish nursery themes, so she decorated his room with trees and decided she had to have one of mine. There are around a dozen shades of green, blue, and yellow seed beads in the leaves. I also put a few creatures to make it more interesting for a child.
Thanks for looking, and if you have any comments, criticism, or feedback at all, I would LOVE to hear it!
Edit: I changed the full-shot pictures for both trees. I think they look nicer now.
My mom decorates her Christmas tree each year in blues, whites, and silvers. I think it's a lovely combination, so I decorated my little christmas tree in the same colors. I think I'm going to send it to my mom, since I won't be seeing her this year for Christmas.
With a pen, for size comparison
The tree's home is a little clear plastic box. Here's a picture with the lid on.
Thanks for looking! Any comments or criticisms are welcomed and appreciated!
I'd really like to be able to take my own pictures for my website and not have to pay a professional every time I create something new. I've been working with a lightbox for a while, and it's worked ok, but I think I need something better. I bought some pretty fabric to place in my box and now I just need your opinion... does the fabric make a difference? Do you think it's any better with the fabric, or do you prefer the shots without?
I took pictures of two trees with and without the fabric in the lightbox. Which one do you like better?
Tree #1 Without Fabric
Tree #1 With Fabric
Tree #2 Without Fabric
Tree #2 With Fabric
Any and all thoughts (from photographers and non-photographers!) are GREATLY appreciated!
Edit: Here's a new tree taken in my same lightbox, but with scrapbook paper as the background. I would love to hear how you feel about the effect!
I found these neat little clear ornaments at Hobby Lobby and thought "I bet I can put a tree in there!" lol. So I did. The ornaments are about 3 inches tall.
I made a tiny wire bonsai tree with 26-gauge silver-finish copper wire and close to 50 swarovski crystals. I mounted it on a white river rock, covered the roots with some sugar-like white glitter with some iridescent glitter mixed in, glued the rock to the bottom of the ornament, added loose glitter to the bottom, and put white ribbon over the seam of the ornament.
I've used different types of Swarovkis for different ornaments, but for this one I used 2AB Crystal. They are gorgeous, and they kinda glow...
They are really hard to get good photos of...
Here's a shot where you can really see the "glow" of those 2AB Swarovskis
I wish I could show them in person! These photos were extremely hard to get, and they don't do justice to the real ornament. Still... what do you think? I taught a class to make them and the ornaments. It was a fun class and everyone's ornaments were beautiful!
It's been way too long since I submitted any new projects for you guys. It's not that I haven't been making new stuff, but I have been super duper busy. I spent the last 3 months working my full time job as music teacher at a private preschool (and oh how they kept me busy) plus having 1-3 interviews a week trying to get out of that job. I've finally done it though! I will now be a full time nanny! That means more money, better benefits, and more time for me to dedicate to my trees. I'm excited!
Anywho, here's one of my recent trees. It stands 8 inches tall (with the rock) and is made with silver paddle wire (my fingers say ouchie) and well over 100 4mm Crystal AB bicones. I love the combination of silver and crystal, and I have a strange feeling that this won't be the last time you'll see the two together from me.
Alrighty, here's pictures of the package twistmysister sent me from Australia!
The Candy! Everything was super yummy, but my favorite by far was the Cherry Ripe. A-MAZE-ING. I want 50 more. Yum. The Curly Wurly was really good too... I wish they had both in the US.
Awesome tote bag that I will definitely be using a lot. I really like that it has a zipper on top.
Last but not least, she filled a cookie tin (sans cookies) with little Australian treasures! It was so much fun to discover it all! There were cards from a local Casino, Australian stamps, a neat little ring, a cool old pin from a US-Aus Expo, a shell, 2 necklaces (one that she made and one with a gorgeous mother-of-pearl fish pendant), animal stickers, a bottlecap from her favorite beer, lots of really neat coins from all over, and a pretty little pouch. Did I miss anything?
I just finished this tree today. I've been working on it all week for hours at a time. This one is considerably bigger than most of my other trees. From the bottom of the rock to the top branch, it's 10 inches tall. It's inspired by the two little glass birds in the branches. I found them at a gift shop and just loved them. They definitely needed a tree to sit in. I used copper wire, 7 different colors of size 11 seed beads (I made the mix myself), and almost 50 swarovski crystal bicones in double AB peridot.
The whole tree:
And just for fun, here's what the tree looks like from the top:
Comments? Critiques? Suggestions? Questions? I'd love to hear them!
twistmysister asked me to go ahead and post some pics of her package, so here you go!
She's a stamp collector, and I tried to find a stamp album but couldn't. Sooo I got a scrapbook album and re-covered it with some awesome "spooky" fabric (she likes horror-related stuff).
Inside, with a few of the stamps I sent her temporarily mounted:
Everything else: Washington DC and New York City stickers, poptarts, US flag guitar pick necklace, 3 musketeers bar, necco wafers, life savers, dark chocolate m&ms, dark chocolate mounds, oreos, dark chocolate york peppermint pattie, and a funny spider filled with bubble bath.