Introduction: Rainbow Sun Catcher

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A rainbow sun catcher is an ornamental jewelry piece that uses a crystal to catch sunlight and refract it into rainbow light.
It's a great way to brighten up any space, is easy and inexpensive to make and is a great gift for friends and family.
The version featured here is the "Tree of Life" , and with some practice only takes about an hour to make!

Step 1: Tools and Materials

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The items needed to make a rainbow sun catcher are:

Jewelry style wire, one a little thicker to form the outside hoop, one a little thinner, which the beads can be strung upon...in assorted colors if you like.
Assorted Beads
A crystal globe with a hole in it to string it up
String

Basic jewelry pliers; pinch, cut, etc.

Step 2: Getting Started

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Use a round object to form a hoop in a piece of the thicker of two kinds of wire.
(I used one of the small tins I use to keep beads in.)

Twist the end to form a small loop that will be the tie point for hanging it.

Next, cut eight pieces of wire, each with a length about 3 times the diameter of the hoop.
These will become the trunk and branches of the tree.

Step 3: Forming the Tree

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Attach each of the thin pieces of wire to the bottom of the hoop, opposite the small loop, by wrapping the thin wire around the thick wire, as shown in the picture.
These form the roots of the tree.
Then they are twisted together into a central trunk, and then separate again to form the branches of the tree.

Step 4: Making Jeweled Branches

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After the strands of wire are separated into branches, beads are then strung on them before reconnecting the wires to the top of the hoop.

Step 5: Add the Rainbow Maker & Finished!

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Using a piece of string, tie the crystal to the bottom of the hoop.
Attach a piece of string to the loop and it's ready to hang!

I hope you enjoyed this Instructable and get great enjoyment from making one of your own!
If you liked it, please vote for this Instructable for the Rainbow Contest, and
Feel free to post comments and questions, and I will do my best to respond.

Enjoy the beautiful rainbow light that shines from your Rainbow Sun Catcher and fills the room with beautiful rainbows and happiness!

Comments

BLASTFEMI (author)2016-06-27

I love this project! You make it look very do-able! I hope to try it out! Thanks for sharing.

LaughingSkeleton (author)2016-06-22

Beautiful!
Thank you!

seamster (author)2016-06-22

Very cool! This is a great project - I love the wire-wrapped tree design. Well done :)

Yukicoco (author)seamster2016-06-22

?thank you so much for your comment!

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