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11  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Wire Tree: Summer on: March 17, 2010 04:34:53 PM
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.



"Leaves:"


Roots/Rock:


Any comments or critique are more than welcome. Smiley
12  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Spring Branches Necklace on: January 24, 2010 08:19:24 AM
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. Tongue  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.
13  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Wire Trees: Autumn Gold and Laura's Tree (6 pics) on: January 09, 2010 01:53:42 PM
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. Smiley

14  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Beaded Christmas Tree! on: December 05, 2009 08:07:23 AM
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! Smiley
15  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Need your opinion on some photos for my future website... [added new photo] on: December 05, 2009 07:51:20 AM
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! Smiley

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!





16  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Bonsai Tree Ornament on: December 04, 2009 07:44:00 AM
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!

17  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Icy Wire Tree on: November 28, 2009 08:17:56 PM
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. Wink 




Close-up


Thanks for checking out my work!

18  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Tropical-bird-inspired tree (pic heavy) on: September 05, 2009 04:34:12 PM
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:


The birdies:
 

The "leaves":


And just for fun, here's what the tree looks like from the top:


Comments? Critiques? Suggestions? Questions? I'd love to hear them! Smiley
19  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / The Little Owl's Tree (3 pics) on: August 29, 2009 11:55:20 PM
I've finally made another wire tree (and I already have plans for the next one). I tend to buy beads because I like them, and somehow they all eventually find a place. I found these little ceramic owls one day and just thought they were too cute to pass up, and another time, I bought the green fire polished beads thinking they'd be good for a tree, but when I first made a tree with them, I hated it and took it apart. Months later, I tried again and this is the result. I would love to hear your thoughts!

The Little Owl's Tree:


The Little Owl himself:


The roots and trunk:

20  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / International Interests-- Glorious Global Gallery!!! on: August 11, 2009 06:25:09 PM
It's time for our glorious global gallery!!!

Original Post: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=312794.0



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