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Topic: Tree of life ornaments made with bangle bracelets!  (Read 2783 times)
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LaughingLark
« on: December 04, 2006 06:08:39 AM »

Hi all,

I was in Family Dollar last week, and bought a package of 12 bangles for   2.00, intending to try them out as rings for making Tree of Life ornaments/suncatchers. Here are my first two efforts, made on the silver bangles, with opalite glass chips:

And the bangles I used to make them:

Thought I'd share this idea for inexpensive, round ring bases for the trees! I'm going to check the dollar stores for other colors of bangles, too! Cheesy
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mmd32
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2006 06:13:18 AM »

Wow, I really like those versions the best out of all I've seen! Aside from it looks like you did a really neat, clean job, I think the scale works better between the wire, gemstone chips, and bangles. Great work!
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LaughingLark
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2006 06:49:36 AM »

Thanks! It is really easy to work the wire on this size of ring. You have to try it! It's fun!

I used 24 ga craft wire for the tree itself.

Almost everybody has some of these bangles sitting around in their jewelry box unused, and here is a use for them!! I hope I'll see tree ornaments posted by other craftsters soon!  Wink
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« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2006 07:28:03 AM »

Genius idea! 
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« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2006 07:33:39 AM »

What a brilliant idea!!  I've got old bangles that I never wear and now this has my mind a-chuggin!  You did a beautiful job!
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LaughingLark
« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2006 10:46:58 AM »

Here's another variation, using a bangle wrapped around with seed beads. There are a couple of things I would change about this one if I could do it over. I think I'd like it better with clear green chip beads, or  with one solid color of rocaille seed beads instead. It will be sparkly and catch the light on the tree though!

Also, I wish I'd made the root detail come up a little bit higher before twisting it into the main trunk.  Undecided

This is a good project for using bangles that you have in your jewelry box that are tarnished or just not very pretty anymore---yay recycling!

I made a tut for this one (since the assembly is quite a bit different from the original, focusing on the bead-wrapping), but the images are bass-ackwards right now, with the start of the tut at the bottom of the page.  Grin I'll have to fix the sequence later on, when I have more time. Here's the backwards tut:
http://s54.photobucket.com/albums/g116/LaughingLark/Tutorial%20for%20making%20a%20bead-wrapped%20tree%20of%20life%20or/?sc=1&addtype=local



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« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2006 11:08:40 AM »

Awesome idea--you just made my x-mas gift plans MUCH easier!
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« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2009 11:02:08 PM »

These are lovely. What an excellent idea! Thankyou for sharing.
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« Reply #8 on: April 25, 2009 11:07:43 PM »

That's so funny, I just bought some bangles to do the same thing with! Great minds think alike Wink

Your trees are beautiful! Great job! Cheesy
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LaughingLark
« Reply #9 on: April 26, 2009 09:11:33 AM »

Thank you, mcbenno! Smiley

I really do enjoy making them. I still make them from time to time, but lately I've had trouble finding bangles in the stores. I'm looking forward to yard-sale season so I can find some more to work with. Older/ugly colored bangles can be covered with seed beads and wire.

Here are few more trees that I made for swaps recently:



 




I can't wait to see your trees, post pics!  Grin
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