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« on: October 02, 2008 09:48:53 AM »

 This is a weeping willow tree that I made from silver floral wire and some pretty iridescent glass tear drop beads. It's attached to a rock that I got at my local aquarium store. The person there called it "Utah Ice" but I have no idea if that's the actual name! I'd love to hear your comments and critiques! Smiley



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« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2008 10:04:41 AM »

I love this!  It's beautiful, I love the combination of colors.  Consider yourself Wisted and rocked!

How big is it?
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« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2008 10:08:08 AM »

littlebiskit,

Thanks so much! Glad you like it! It's about 7 inches tall, from the bottom of the rock to the top of the tree.
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« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2008 10:11:32 AM »

It's lovely.  I've been seeing forms like these at mineral shows for many years but this is the first time I've seen one that really struck me.  kudos!

"Utah Ice" is a form of gypsum.  To you aquarium lovers, do like Amy and craft with it, since it will eventually erode - it's water soluble - and harden the water as well!
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« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2008 10:16:58 AM »

It's lovely.  I've been seeing forms like these at mineral shows for many years but this is the first time I've seen one that really struck me.  kudos!

"Utah Ice" is a form of gypsum.  To you aquarium lovers, do like Amy and craft with it, since it will eventually erode - it's water soluble - and harden the water as well!


Thanks so much for the compliment!

Also, I really appreciate knowing what my rock is! It's interesting that an aquarium store would have something that wouldn't be very safe in aquariums. (I've never owned fish. I just go to the store for the rocks Tongue) But I did wonder what it was. It looks kinda like quartz, but I knew it wasn't that because it was flaking off a little around the edges. I'd never heard of gypsum, but I looked it up. You learn something new every day, right? Thanks again!
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« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2008 10:34:57 AM »

My grandmother has a tree very simillar and I actually have the directions for it in my stash. I've always wanted to make one but never have. lol
yours is so pretty! I love the theme with the icy colors. Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2008 10:44:17 AM »

Oh, this reminds me of winter.  It's so pretty!  I love the beads you used and it looks really great!  Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: October 02, 2008 11:09:01 AM »

This would be a beautiful winter decoration. Gorgeous!
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« Reply #8 on: October 02, 2008 12:15:51 PM »

I LOVE it!  It is a "wow" moment. Grin
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« Reply #9 on: October 02, 2008 04:31:20 PM »

Thanks so much Steelygaze, freestyle, jenicat, and Eliea!!!

Eliea, I actually don't have a pattern for this one at all. I made each branch by feel and just kinda put them together pretty, from top to bottom. Smiley My trees and flowers are always more about understanding nature than keeping to a pattern (though I do use patterns at times!)
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« Reply #10 on: October 02, 2008 08:42:04 PM »

This is beautiful!  I would love to see them as a winter wedding center piece!
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« Reply #11 on: October 03, 2008 04:58:51 AM »

This is beautiful!  I would love to see them as a winter wedding center piece!

oooooh I would too! Good idea!
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« Reply #12 on: October 04, 2008 06:19:26 AM »

wow! that is so beautiful!
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« Reply #13 on: October 04, 2008 06:46:27 AM »

That looks gorgeous, I love what the "tree" is sitting on.
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« Reply #14 on: October 04, 2008 07:51:53 AM »

Wow, I really love this one! I wonder if it would be possible to make one for all seasons... Like green for summer, red, brown and yellow for autumn and lightgreen for spring. *adds the idea to the many 'maybe-I-can-make-that'-pile*  Grin
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« Reply #15 on: October 04, 2008 07:58:09 AM »

beautiful!
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« Reply #16 on: October 04, 2008 09:03:43 AM »

Wow, I really love this one! I wonder if it would be possible to make one for all seasons... Like green for summer, red, brown and yellow for autumn and lightgreen for spring. *adds the idea to the many 'maybe-I-can-make-that'-pile*  Grin

It's definitely something I'd like to try, given the time. Smiley I would like to do different types of trees with the different seasons.
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« Reply #17 on: October 11, 2008 10:39:31 AM »

Beautiful is all I can say at this point.
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« Reply #18 on: October 14, 2008 10:39:41 AM »

Oh my gosh.  That is so gorgeous!  Great job.
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« Reply #19 on: October 14, 2008 09:44:20 PM »

i love the color of the beads. how is it attached to the rock?
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« Reply #20 on: October 15, 2008 05:07:04 AM »

i love the color of the beads. how is it attached to the rock?

I used superglue to attach it to the rock. In order to keep it looking icy, I smeared the glue while it was still warm so that it would be more of a coating of glue than a blob. I also put the smeared glue on the tops of the roots and other places I didn't really need it to be to get more of that iced-over look.
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« Reply #21 on: October 18, 2008 04:20:41 PM »

Stunning & gorgeous.
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« Reply #22 on: October 18, 2008 08:06:54 PM »

Thanks itchyscissorhands! Smiley
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« Reply #23 on: October 20, 2008 03:27:38 AM »

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« Reply #24 on: October 26, 2008 11:16:26 AM »

This is beautiful.  It actually reminds me of ice on tree branches during the winter; the tear drops look like water that's collected at the ends and then froze.  The rock even looks like ice.  I really love it.
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« Reply #25 on: October 26, 2008 12:42:27 PM »

This is beautiful.  It actually reminds me of ice on tree branches during the winter; the tear drops look like water that's collected at the ends and then froze.  The rock even looks like ice.  I really love it.

Thanks! I was hoping for a super icy look, and I was so excited when I found the rock, because I agree that it looks a lot like ice!
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« Reply #26 on: October 27, 2008 09:44:16 PM »

one of the most beautiful things in nature...a weeping willow encased in ice.  I LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

this SO rocks!!!
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« Reply #27 on: November 23, 2008 05:06:33 PM »

This is absolutely gorgeous! I am truly in awe of this piece, it took my breath away.
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« Reply #28 on: December 02, 2008 11:59:51 AM »

This is gorgeous!!!

I would love to learn how to make this...'cause it would make gorgeous wedding centerpieces. I hope you don't mind that I might borrow the idea one day if I ever get a ring lol.

Kudos! Amazing job! This truly struck me as gorgeous...the free flow of the branches and such...its just...wonderful!
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« Reply #29 on: December 02, 2008 05:56:03 PM »

This is gorgeous!!!

I would love to learn how to make this...'cause it would make gorgeous wedding centerpieces. I hope you don't mind that I might borrow the idea one day if I ever get a ring lol.

Kudos! Amazing job! This truly struck me as gorgeous...the free flow of the branches and such...its just...wonderful!

I wish I could offer a tutorial, but I just kind of made it up as I go Tongue
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« Reply #30 on: December 13, 2008 08:28:27 PM »

Awesome! That is one beautiful tree. I'd love to see the possibilities that would result of making a small landscape of a few trees, maybe even with a little house . . . just ideas to experiment with, of course. I think this tree is very successful. Way to go.
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You could even get a tiny bird charm from a jewelry shop to put in the branches . . .
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« Reply #32 on: December 14, 2008 07:20:06 AM »

You could even get a tiny bird charm from a jewelry shop to put in the branches . . .

I will definitely keep this idea in mind for my next tree!
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Wow! Great choice of beads with it too.
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« Reply #34 on: February 14, 2009 07:15:06 AM »

wisted and rocked...you're my hero.
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« Reply #35 on: February 15, 2009 07:31:07 PM »

Lovely work, I like how the light reflects off the crystal and that rock looks like a chunk of ice.  How did you secure the tree to the rock - just glue?
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« Reply #36 on: February 16, 2009 05:15:12 AM »

Lovely work, I like how the light reflects off the crystal and that rock looks like a chunk of ice.  How did you secure the tree to the rock - just glue?

I usually strategically place E-6000, but for this one, I used hot glue so that I could wrap the glue all over the tops of the roots and make them look like they're covered in ice too. Smiley
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So pretty!  I feel like it should be a wedding centerpiece.
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« Reply #38 on: March 18, 2009 06:51:32 AM »

I love this. It's so complete and beautiful. Lovely.
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« Reply #39 on: April 03, 2009 05:50:06 PM »

I love trees and I love Weeping willows! I wish I can do that!
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« Reply #41 on: April 06, 2009 08:11:43 PM »

I'm a sucker for any kind of weeping tree! Willows are a favorite of mine. You really nailed it! Great piece!
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