Tree of life pendant
by Deborah Kelly
Now available made-to-order from DCDK.Jewelry
12 inches 14 or 16 gauge wire
3 feet 24 gauge wire
6 10 inch long pieces 24 gauge
Stone chips with holes big enough for 24 gauge wire to go thru
chain or flat nose pliers
round nose pliers
7 or 9 mm bail making pliers
something that is about 2.5 inches around like pill bottle
Take the 16 gauge wire and wrap it around the pill bottle, or whatever round form available, to form a circle, wrap it so it is centered on the wire.
Bend the ends of the wire horizontally out from the circle.
Hold the circle of wire so the straight ends are sticking out to your right side.
Wrap one end of the long weaving wire around the bottom base wire (start on the side facing you) three times right where the wire straightens out.
Take the weaving wire to the back side of the other base wire sticking out of the circle, going from the front of the one base wire to the back of the other weaving wire in a cross over pattern.
Wrap the weaving wire around the other base wire one full time.
Bring the weaving wire to the back side of the first base wire and wrap around once.
Bend the base wires to form a V to make a nice widening of the bail as you weave up it, continue the weave up the bail wires in the cross over pattern.
If bail is getting too wide, close to ½ inch wide, bend the wires in some to make them parallel and continue the weave.
Once the bail is almost long enough, about an inch long, bend the bail wires sharply back to each other and then bend the bail wires parallel to each other again.
Continue the weave to where the bail wires meet each other.
Then wrap the weaving wire around one of the bail wires 3 times.
Bend bail slightly to the front using bail making pliers or round nose pliers.
Then bend the bail around the bail making pliers to the back of the pendent.
Take the end of the bail wires and thread them thru the circle of the pendent and wrap around right next to the bail.
Cut off the extra wire and use pliers to smooth and tighten the end of the wire.
Take a piece of the 8 inch long wire, fold the wire in half.
Wrap the wire at the fold around the pendent circle four times.
Twist the two ends of the wire wrapped around the pendent frame together four or five times.
To make a nice twist form wires into a V shape and twist at the base of the V.
Repeat step 9 with the other 5 wires.
Do not wrap the wires too tight around the base circle. The small wires should move along the circle.
Twist all the 24 gauge wires wrapped around the frame together on the front side of the frame for about ½ inch.
This twist should happen right after the individual twists in the 24 gauge wires.
Pull off a couple wires, 2 to 5, on one side of the bundle of wires.
If more then 2 wires are pulled off twist the wires together for 2 or 3 twist, then separate into smaller bundles, continue twisting a couple times then separate into smaller bundles again.
Continue till all the bundles are separated into single wires. Signal wires should start ½ to ¾ inches from the out side of the frame.
Twist remaining wires in the main trunk together a few times then pull off a couple more wires. Repeat Step 12 with the next bundle of wires pulled off main bundle.
Repeat till out of wires, shape into a tree.
Working one wire at a time fill a single wire with chips right to the edge of the frame.
Going over the top of the wire frame wrap the end of the wire around the frame 3 times.
Repeat step 14 on the rest of the wires.
Cut off the wires close to the frame
Use round nose pliers to kink up the trunk, branches, and roots of the tree to give it a more natural tree look.
Smooth the ends of the wire around the frame with pliers.
Hang your pendant on a chain or ribbon and enjoy your finished product.