Tree of Life Earrings

by Deborah Kelly

Materials Needed

  • 2 – 6 inch long 18 gauge round wire

  • 12 – 7 inch long 24 or 26 gauge round wire

  • size 10 or 11 seed beads

  • 2 – earring hooks

Tools need

  • Mandrel either a ring mandrel or about a 1 inch mandrel

  • Wire cutters

  • Round nose pliers

  • Flat or chain nose pliers


Step 1

Take one of the 18 gauge wires and wrap it slightly off center around the ring mandrel right next to the handle (about a size 15 ½ ring).

Bend the longer tail of the wire up away from the ring mandrel at a 90 degree angle.

Step 2

Wrap the shorter tail of the wire around the end bent up.

Make sure the wire around the mandrel is tight so it keeps its shape.

Step 3

Take the circle off the mandrel.

End the wire going around the wire sticking out of the circle by cutting it off about ¼ inch from where it bends around the other wire.

Use pliers to crimp the end of the cut off wire to where it touches the circle of wire.

There if no need to make this tight it just has to hold the circle in shape.

Step 4

Take round nose pliers and put the tip right next to where the straight wire comes out of the circle.

Bend the straight wire to the side (in line with the circle)

Next use round nose pliers to make a loop out of the wire just bent.

Trim the end of the wire so the end of the loop just touches where the loop started.

Make sure your loop goes in the same direction of the circle.

Step 5

Make a 2nd circle out of the other piece of 18 gauge wire.

Step 6

Take one piece of the smaller gauge wire and find the middle.

Starting in middle of the wire wrap the wire around the circle 4 times.

Twist the ends of the wire together right next to the circle a couple times after wrapping around the circle.

Step 7

Repeat, putting 5 more smaller gauge wires onto the circle for a total of 6 of the wires.

Step 8

Repeat with the other circle and the rest of the wire pieces.

Step 9

Flip all the wires wrapped around the circle up so they lay on the circle.

Twist all the wires together a few times right above where the individual wires are twisted together.

Step 10

Pull off 2 to 4 wires on one side.

Twist together the pulled off wires a few times, NOT all the way to the circle frame, leave enough wire untwisted to put the beads on them.

If more then 2 wires are pulled off twist all together a few times then separate and twist a couple more times.

After twisting separate the wires and arrange the branches on out to the frame.

Put another twist in the main group of wires to extend the trunk.

Step 11

Pull off a couple more wires on the other side of the trunk.

Repeat twisting them together like in the last step.

Make another twist in the main bunch of wires to extend the trunk of the Tree.

The main bunch of wires can be bent to one side or the other while doing this so the trunk is not straight or it can be left straight.

Continue pulling off wires to be branches and twisting them together making the Tree.

Arrange the wire branches to form the Tree wanted.

Step 12

Starting on the lowest branch on one side of the Tree put beads on the branch wire to fill the space between where the twisting stops and the frame.

Wrap the end of the wire around the frame 3 or 4 times.

Step 13

Repeat beading the branch wires all the way around the circle.

I like always wrapping the end of my wires down towards the bottom of the Tree.

After all the branches are beaded and secured to the frame take round nose plies and put little bends in the trunk, branches, and roots of the Tree.

Cut off all the ends of the branches on the back side next to the frame and smooth over with chain nose pliers.

Step 14

Make the 2nd earring.

Do not worry about making them the same similar or totally different works for Tree earrings.

Put on the earring hooks

Enjoy your new earrings.

Deborah Kelly

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I grew up on top of a mountain in the middle of nowhere Oregon. Met and married my Husband before going to OSU and getting a BS in Apparel Design in 2002. I started out making beaded jewelry in my early teen years. Both free hand and on a loom. Year after graduating I moved to MO and started making cosmetics and continued experimenting in soap making which I started in college. During my years in MO I started getting into baking and did events as a self employed concession stand vendor. I really did love my cotton candy machine. At events I did more then just cotton candy. I had a 2 head espresso machine, hot dog steamer, made hard candy to sell, and did 21 flavors of snow cones. While doing all of that I also learned to fix my own vehicles because when I did take them to a mechanic I had to fix them when I got them back. After our 3rd child was born in 2010 we lost our house and hit the road in an RV. One winter we ended up in Quartzsite AZ where I started making wire jewelry. Since then I have started designing wire jewelry, became an instructor at the gem club in Quartzsite. Started teaching independent jewelry making classes. Writing and selling tutorials for jewelry making. In the summer I am a property locator, photographer and videographer. I also spend my summer working on my own project to give back to the universe by making and giving away my jewelry because everyone needs something pretty.
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