Introduction: Make a Tree From Jewelry Wire
This instructable will show you how to make these fantasy style trees using jewelry wire. They are fairly quick to make, taking only an afternoon for me to make one for me, and could probably be done quicker. They don't need much concentration to create, so are great to make while watching tv.
*edit* just a typo!
Step 1: Materials Needed
To make these trees, you will need just a few materials:
Jewelry wire (mine was 24 gauge gunmetal), about 70 or so yards, more for thicker wire, less for thinner. Really any pliable wire will do, though it's harder the thicker you go.
Beads: Either seed beads, or larger spherical beads
Wire Cutters: If you have a small enough gauge of wire, you may be able to use scissors as I did
A ruler or other measuring implement, if you can't find one, it's not too important
Pliers: If you have a thicker wire, you may need these to help further on
Step 2: Cut the Wire
To start with you will need a lot of cut wires, about 110-120 for a thicker tree. You should cut them into strips about 50 cms long, it doesn't have to be exact. After a while you will be able to tell how long each piece should be when you pull it off the spool and won't need to measure it anymore. Remember, if you are using a smaller gauge wire, you will use shorter wire, and larger gauge wire will be longer.
To make counting easier, I piled them into groups of ten and tied them in a loose knot.
Step 3: Add the Beads
Add three of the seed beads (or one large bead) to the centre of each wire and twist to secure for about half a cm- a full cm each, repeat for each strand. This is by far the most time consuming part of the entire process, especially if you are using the seed beads.
Step 4: Twist Two Together
This part is almost the same as adding the beads, but instead of twisting shut to keep the beads on, twist two of them together just under the twist of the bead, twisting for about one to two cm. Every once in a while, to keep with the random nature of the trees, twist three together instead of two.
Step 5: Rinse and Repeat
Like the title says, repeat step four again, and again, and again until you have three large branches, each step will become successfully quicker since there's less wires to twist! Just remember, twist each section longer then the last.
Step 6: Make the Trunk
Making the trunk is just like making the branches, twist all three together, but leave some untwisted at the end, we'll be turning those into roots in a moment. Depending on how thick/stiff your wire is, this is the part that you will most likely need the pliers for.
Step 7: Onto the Roots!
At this point we're going to twist it like before, but instead of adding, we'll be taking away. Start by seperating the wires into three groups and twist those, then keep splitting each one successively smaller and smaller till there are only three or four wires left twisted to your desired length. Trim any leftover wire off.
Step 8: Beautify the Branches
The last step to do is to just bend the branches and roots to a position you like. Depending on the wire you use, you may be able to let it stand on it's own as the two I've made with jewelry wire can, or you may have to attatch it to something else to use as a stand as with my middle one. After that it's all finished and all you have to do is decide where to put it!