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« on: December 04, 2009 07:44:00 AM »

I found these neat little clear ornaments at Hobby Lobby and thought "I bet I can put a tree in there!" lol.  So I did.  The ornaments are about 3 inches tall.

I made a tiny wire bonsai tree with 26-gauge silver-finish copper wire and close to 50 swarovski crystals.  I mounted it on a white river rock, covered the roots with some sugar-like white glitter with some iridescent glitter mixed in, glued the rock to the bottom of the ornament, added loose glitter to the bottom, and put white ribbon over the seam of the ornament. 

I've used different types of Swarovkis for different ornaments, but for this one I used 2AB Crystal. They are gorgeous, and they kinda glow...

They are really hard to get good photos of...


Here's a shot where you can really see the "glow" of those 2AB Swarovskis


I wish I could show them in person! These photos were extremely hard to get, and they don't do justice to the real ornament. Still... what do you think? I taught a class to make them and the ornaments.  It was a fun class and everyone's ornaments were beautiful!

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« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2009 07:46:48 AM »

Absolutely beautiful and very unique!!  Love it.
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« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2009 08:05:15 AM »

It is so beautiful! Truly lovely.  Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2009 08:23:13 AM »

you're a genius.
it's beautiful.

i spent a lot of time thinking about stuff one could put into these ornaments because i love to buy them, but most of the things one can do with them look somewhat cheap or like a kindergarden-project (which is perfectly fine, just not what i'm going for)

maybe you need diffuse light to get pictures without all of the reflections. you could use a desk lamp or something alike and cover it with thin white fabric or paper. so you should be able to avoid using the flash/getting reflections
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« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2009 08:28:47 AM »

I love them! I've always liked the beaded trees, but didn't know what I'd do with one if I made it. The ornament idea is perfect.
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« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2009 08:39:58 AM »

beautiful! I'd love to have one of these hanging from my Christmas tree. Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2009 10:11:37 AM »

I love these! They are beautiful!
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« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2009 10:48:39 AM »

this is too cute! I wish I could have joined your class!
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« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2009 02:14:58 PM »

Oohh, I love it!!  I don't do beading...yet... but I might have to start. 
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« Reply #9 on: December 04, 2009 06:16:28 PM »

That is absolutely gorgeous!
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« Reply #10 on: December 04, 2009 06:44:46 PM »

maybe you need diffuse light to get pictures without all of the reflections. you could use a desk lamp or something alike and cover it with thin white fabric or paper. so you should be able to avoid using the flash/getting reflections

ooooh I never thought about doing that! I'm going to try that tomorrow! *excited!*
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« Reply #11 on: December 04, 2009 06:47:03 PM »

I love them! I've always liked the beaded trees, but didn't know what I'd do with one if I made it. The ornament idea is perfect.

You could make them for year-round display too... change the wire to brown, use green crystals, mount it on a different rock and use some dirt or something at the bottom and tah-dah! A spring/summer tree! They look great on those ornament display stands. I think I like this one because it reminds me of a snow globe. Tongue
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« Reply #12 on: December 05, 2009 02:23:07 AM »

what a great idea. are these the balls that split in half?

I filled one with tiny pearl strands and it looks good but this idea is just awesome
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« Reply #13 on: December 05, 2009 06:25:55 AM »

what a great idea. are these the balls that split in half?

I filled one with tiny pearl strands and it looks good but this idea is just awesome


Yep. It's plastic, costs about $1.50, and splits in half. Smiley  My most frequently asked questions are "Hey wait... Is this plastic?" and "How'd you get that tree in there?"
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« Reply #14 on: December 05, 2009 02:45:34 PM »

Love it!
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« Reply #15 on: December 05, 2009 08:55:42 PM »

This is INCREDIBLE!!! That looks like it took so much time! AHH AHH AHH!!!
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« Reply #16 on: December 05, 2009 10:12:31 PM »

You just rock! I want to find some of those balls now and make me some tree ornaments! But then, I want to make wreaths, have started a necklace, have started another rose...my list is never ending... Smiley I still admire your neatness.
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« Reply #17 on: December 05, 2009 11:28:49 PM »

I showed this to my boyfriend and he said, "Is that real? It looks photoshopped." That's how good they are.
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« Reply #18 on: December 06, 2009 12:13:57 AM »

That is absolutely gorgeous!
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« Reply #19 on: December 06, 2009 06:24:00 AM »

What a great idea!  Are they the plastic ornament spheres that come apart?
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« Reply #20 on: December 06, 2009 06:49:09 AM »

AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
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« Reply #21 on: December 06, 2009 11:24:57 AM »

This rocks!  For a second there I thought you put the tree in through a tiny opening at the top, like a ship in a bottle  Cheesy
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« Reply #22 on: December 06, 2009 12:34:55 PM »

I showed this to my boyfriend and he said, "Is that real? It looks photoshopped." That's how good they are.

I'm totally flattered! They are most definitely real.

What a great idea!  Are they the plastic ornament spheres that come apart?

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This is INCREDIBLE!!! That looks like it took so much time! AHH AHH AHH!!!

I can make one in about 1 1/2 hours, so it doesn't really take that long. Tongue


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« Reply #24 on: December 06, 2009 07:54:40 PM »

I swear I'm not a zombie, but I want your creative brain!  Cheesy

That is one stunning little ornament, well done!
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« Reply #25 on: December 12, 2009 02:23:03 PM »

So pretty!
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« Reply #26 on: December 13, 2009 02:32:14 PM »

I am definitely going to copy this... if that's ok? Smiley
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I am definitely going to copy this... if that's ok? Smiley

Go for it! If you have any questions, feel free to ask here or in a personal message. Smiley I taught this as a class, so it's not like it's a secret.
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« Reply #28 on: December 17, 2009 12:21:41 PM »

So pretty Smiley
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What a great idea! Very pretty!
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« Reply #30 on: December 17, 2009 05:53:08 PM »

Oh so beautiful! Coming from a summery Christmas place, makes me yearn for snow.
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« Reply #31 on: December 18, 2009 11:39:47 AM »

It's been said before, and I'm sure it'll be said again, but that is just beautiful!
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« Reply #32 on: December 21, 2009 02:33:41 PM »

it's preeettyy...
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« Reply #33 on: December 23, 2009 08:57:14 AM »

That is sooo pretty!!!!
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« Reply #34 on: December 25, 2009 02:39:37 PM »

This is gorgeous.  Fabulous work!
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