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« 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!

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« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2009 01:59:08 AM »

A new tree!! Is this a new shape you've been working on too? I love the leaf beads and the little owl!

I'm going to be blunt...I prefer tree roots (if exposed) to be curved and long enough to reflect the length of the branches, as in real life. If only partially exposed, I like the roots to look like they're buried in what they are planted in to give the illusion of realistic long roots. I see that your roots stick up a little in places, was that deliberate? If it were mine, I'd try to bend them more organically and have a few looking like they're sticking into the rock and I'd glue all the bits that weren't bent up in 'waves' in 'exposed' bits down flat on the rock. This may be just me and my own preferences... and may not even be possible... I don't know, I've only made one myself and it wasn't crash hot!

The colors and the shape of the trunk, branches and leaves are great! The owl is awesome. It kind of reminds me of the tree on the hill in Winnie the Pooh, with the mention of the owl and how it's on a cliff, kind of.
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Beautiful! Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2009 07:52:33 AM »

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Normally I do make the roots a lot longer so that they wrap around the rock a bit. I'm not sure why I decided to make this shorter this time- I guess it just felt right. The roots stick up in place because most of it isn't actually glued down. There is glue right beneath the trunk and under the very beginnings of the roots. This allows me to keep the glue as invisible as possible to keep from distracting from the tree. I may or may not have longer roots in my next tree... I just kinda decide as I go. Tongue
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« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2009 08:35:35 AM »

Oh Amy, it's a winner! I LOVE the little owl and the whole shape is so pleasing. You're just so darn good at it you make it look easy! Lovely! Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2009 09:08:05 AM »

Gorgeous. I really love the little owl.
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« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2009 01:52:36 PM »

Wow, it's so cool!  The wire work looks so natural, like a real tree. I love the little owl, he looks so ticked off, like he's peeved that you took his picture.
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