Hi there!! I'm the author of Lisa's Craft Blog and I bet you can guess my name!! hehehe I just adore Megan and her awesome blog so I'm super excited to be guest posting here at Polish the Stars!!
Right now I'm excited to be celebrating the Grand Re-Launch of Lisa's Craft Blog!! I'm even having a great big Giveaway where I'm giving away a total of $175 in craft supplies!! You should stop by Lisa's Craft Blog and enter and also take a look around at all of my inexpensive, crafty tutorials!!
Today, I'm sharing how to make the infamous Wire-Wrapped Tree of Life!! This particular tutorial is for an ornament version, but at the end I'll explain how to use this same tutorial to make a pendant instead.
*A 4-inch metal ring
*Two (2) pairs of needle nose pliers
*A pair of wire cutting pliers
*Twelve (12) 12-inch strands of 24-gauge wire
Note: You can find 4" metal rings in the leather department of most craft stores. They're typically used to make dream catchers.
This photo shows the variety of beads used for this particular ornament, including the following: 4mm pearls, 4mm glass rectangle beads, 2 sizes of seed beads, 4mm crystals, 6mm & 4mm faceted glass rounds, and 6mm shaped glass beads.
Step 1: ADD WIRES TO RING
Repeat this process with the remaining 11 wires. Pull all wires to one side of the ring and verify the coils are nice and tight and close together.
Step 2: CREATE "ROOTS"
Start on one side of the wires and begin braiding the first 3 strands. You'll want to create a braid that is approximately 1-inch. Once braided, flip up and move on to the next 3 strands. Continue doing this until all wires have been braided. You should end up with 8 braids.
Step 3: CREATE "TRUNK" & "BRANCHES"
Twist up a little ways until you're ready to separate your first branch. Take 2-4 strands, depending on how thick you want this branch to be, and separate it from the group of wires.
Now twist these branches, just like you did the big group of wires, but don't twist them to the ring...yet. You'll want to also start breaking your larger branches into smaller ones. See the picture for ideas on how to break down branches. This is when you'll need to twist the branches to within about 1/4"-1/2" from the ring.
Important: If you've twisted the wires too far and the "branches" are too long, do not un-twist them! They will probably break later on! Instead put bends in the branches; this use more wire and pull them towards the center of the ring. (see the final image to see how I did this.)
Step 4: ADD BEADS
OPTION 1: PENDANT SIZE TREE
If you need to make a smaller Tree of Life for a pendant or even a tiny one for earrings, you'll simply want to use a smaller ring and also decrease the number of wires used. Just remember, you'll always want to have a multiple of three (3, 6, 9...) because you'll be braiding the roots of the tree.
OPTION 2: ADDING CHARMS
If you'd like to add charms to your tree, just add them while your twisting the branches or before you add beads to the branch, depending on where you want the charm to hang.
Thanks for reading!! Until next time...