I just finished another cab tree. Tomorrow it goes to travel to it’s new home. It’s going to like it there. 🙂
I love this stone. It seems each time I go to the bead store and dig thru the cabochon drawer I end up bringing more home. With it’s different colors of green in it, it’s perfect for a Tree. I’ve even picked up some smaller ones to try some Tree of Life earrings some day. Those might be cool.
I am soooooooo excited about the tree I just finished last night. I had very high hopes for it because I have big plans for it. At least I did if it worked out.
And… it did.
What is it? Well… it’s a Tree of Life wrapped cabochon.
My very first wrapped cabochon. I did it! W00T! \o/
I picked up several stones a while back. I keep adding to the ever growing collection of stones even thou I have no clue what to do with them. I have been so busy learning so many other things, the cabochons and other various holeless items had taken a back seat. Now that I’ve made several of the Tree of Life pendants I thought I’d try to set this jewel in motion.
The lady at the bead store said this was a ‘New Jade’ aka ‘Serpentine’ stone. I wrapped it in artwire; Antique Copper wire along the outside of the stone and regular copper for the tree.
I’ve had big plans for this all along, keep buying things to put trees on. Mattered not that I didn’t know how. I’ve got several cabochons, Agate slices…various goodies like that. Different sizes, shapes, colors. Gonna make pendants, suncatchers, and, and, and… stuff.
And those are just the finished pieces. I’ve also got a Writer’s Tree in the works, a matching earring/pendant set I’m trying to decide on which stone to use, and a brand new kind of Tree of Life pendant.
I’m pretty excited about how the new Tree is working out. This one sits on top of a stone instead of inside of a ring. Rather challenging, but… so far so good. It’s gonna ROCK!
Lots and lots of new goodies. I think I finally have enough stuff to have my Valentine’s day sale. Now I just have to figure out how to do one. As always, just figuring it all out as I go. 🙂
I’ve been working and working and WORKING on making a Tree of Life pendant I’m happy with, This one is my latest go at it.
I was pretty pleased with the way it turned out. That’s a bonus since it was made for an order I had. Can’t be sending out things that don’t please me.
It seems to have grown a bit from my first one, which is ok. Growing means more stones of course. Not real sure how it grew, I used the same circle form I did for my first one. Guess that’s just what trees do. 😉 I’ll definitely have to keep an eye on that in the future thou. Can’t be having trees grow all willy nilly like that.
I’m not happy with the wire yet thou. I tried a new wire with this one; our local store still hasn’t gotten any more stock in since before Christmas. I really liked the wire I used for the Writer’s Tree, just can’t seem to get my hands on any of that in the size I need for the pendants.
This new wire is supposed to be all ‘top of the line’ and stuff. Permanently colored, non-tarnish copper wire. Premium quality and all that jazz. When I was finishing it up I noticed that the wire was doing odd things. Seems the non-tarnish coating (I think) didn’t really like being so uber twisted like that. It began to protest.
No likey da protest. I am in charge here. There will be no protesting.
So, it’s back to the drawing board. I have some of the brand I used for the Writer’s tree in the smaller size in an antique copper, figured I’d try that. Hoping for the best on that. Also want to go for the gusto and make a sterling one. I have enough silver to make 2 tree’s I think. I’ve hesitated thus far for cost sake. That little jewel there takes 11-12′ of wire. That’s a lot of wire. 11-12′ of sterling silver wire… rather spendy. But I really want to see how Sterling twists up. Trying to figure out what stones to use, I’m thinking an Amethyst tree would be cool. With February right around the corner, seems perfect for a Birthstone type tree. And, well, Amethyst just rocks mah socks.
Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a great night of celebration. I stayed in and tried my hand at new jewelry things. Twas fun.
Since my Sterling order hasn’t shown up yet, I played with the copper today. Spent the day trying to get the hang of that hammering thing I was having trouble with earlier, played with different loops and swirls. After quite a bit of trial and error, out popped these earrings. 🙂
I made a couple of pair, I’m think I’m liking them. I also tried my hand at more Garnet pendants. More practicing for when the silver gets here, I have something almost gelled in my head but I just can’t quite get it to come out. I’m not really all that thrilled with this one, but figured I’d share anyhow.
Today I want to make a bracelet I think. I made so many different kinds of copper links and swirls and whoopdy-doos I’m thinking maybe I can string them together and make something with them. Some kind of “Hodgepodge Bracelet” or something. No idea what that means exactly… not quite gelled yet. We’ll see what comes out after playing with it a bit.