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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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