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« on: September 09, 2006 11:21:25 AM »

I was so intrigued by Ralphs' post earlier in the month about the Tree of Life pendent (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=111136.0.  I immediately thought that it would be so cool as a suncatcher or wall hanging.  However, I didn't get a chance to go down to my favourite bead store until this past Thursday to pick up some large size macrame rings, and some more wire, as most of mine is very fine gauge for crocheting.

I really like it with the macrame rings - they are so sturdy.

Here is my first trial, a 4 inch version.  I have 8-9 inch rings too, but I like the 4 inch as well, so I will likely make another two of it in different colours and hand them together as a set for myself - wow, for once I am making something for myself - that almost never happens!

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« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2006 12:24:48 PM »

Oooh. That's pretty.
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« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2006 08:08:52 PM »

All I can say is Wow!!!!
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« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2006 08:16:08 PM »

That is great! I may have to try this out one day!
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« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2006 12:11:53 PM »

Here are the other ones I made that evening.  I want to make more, but I ran out of chips.  Will have to make a run to the bead store tomorrow on my lunch break.




There's one more too - but I can't find the pic.
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« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2006 12:29:14 PM »

oh wow these are really pretty!! you should totally sell these. my fave is the coral red one.
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« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2006 12:31:05 PM »

ooooh pretty. 

i like the color combinations you used.
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« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2006 12:57:56 PM »

The smaller 4 inch ones I am keeping for myself (so she says now).  I want to make 4 in total.  One with pale green leaves, and some bare wire limbs with seed beads in green to symbolize spring, and buds starting, the green with the pink for summer and fruit ready, or flowers in bloom, and the one with the reds and ambers for fall, and the fourth one with some more exposed branches, and white and clear chips for snow and ice for winter.

I'm also playing with the idea or making a dimensional wire holder from a thicker wire, like 16-18 guage to hold a votive candle.
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« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2006 01:01:22 PM »

ooh, a candle holder would be awesome.  i wonder if this idea could be used to make cherry blossom-ish pendants...
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« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2006 03:00:49 PM »

these are really amazing. I like these better than the original because the stones feel more leaflike and less cluttery when they're not "oversized" in comparison to the tree.
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« Reply #10 on: September 18, 2006 08:10:28 AM »

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!  very creative!!  thought to as a gift for a loved one, hang a small picture of that person from the last branch and a card saying something like: your make my tree of life grow so pretty!


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« Reply #11 on: September 18, 2006 10:08:04 AM »

dag! that's awesome! im gonna make one someday!
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« Reply #12 on: September 21, 2006 03:45:41 AM »

oh now these are awesome would love to make these as gifts!! How did you thicken the trunks?
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« Reply #13 on: September 21, 2006 06:04:59 AM »

Wrap the wires together to form the trunk - if you want it thicker, you can braid them loosely, or wrap extra wire around it.  I was contemplating beading around some with seed beads in a tubular peyote to make them look more bark like - just a thought.
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« Reply #14 on: September 21, 2006 07:49:16 AM »

Very nice!  Smiley
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« Reply #15 on: September 21, 2006 07:54:41 AM »

Did you say they were four inches?  They would make really pretty earrings!  Are they heavy?
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« Reply #16 on: September 21, 2006 11:27:22 AM »

That's gorgeous! I love the color combination, very believable.
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« Reply #17 on: September 26, 2006 08:18:17 AM »

I love them! Excellent! You should sell them, most definatly because I would buy them! lol except now Ill make my own, which I gotta have now. THanks!!!
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« Reply #18 on: September 26, 2006 08:33:52 AM »

love  these
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« Reply #19 on: October 07, 2006 06:52:34 PM »

Did you say they were four inches?  They would make really pretty earrings!  Are they heavy?

Way too huge and heavy for earrings - you could follow the directions as per Ralphs original link for the pendent, but the stone chips can get heavy if you use a lot.  Perhaps modify it and use small glass seed beads or something instead to make earrings.
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« Reply #20 on: October 20, 2006 10:43:36 AM »

Finished a couple of more wall-hangings on vacation, still in the 8" size:


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« Reply #21 on: October 23, 2006 01:13:42 PM »

These so totally rock!  I love them....gonna have to get all beady again....

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« Reply #22 on: October 23, 2006 01:30:57 PM »

these are so cool, they look professional! Great idea! Wonderful!!!
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« Reply #23 on: October 25, 2006 12:43:45 AM »

I love your trees! The carnelian chip beads look awesome on them. Reminds me of the maple tree outside my kitchen window, which is at peak fall color right now.  Smiley
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