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The symbolism of the tree of life is widespread throughout history, and is often depicted in religious, philosophical and mythological contexts. It also happens to be a popular jewelry accessory. There are many different versions of the tree of life pendant, and once you learn the basic steps you can easily add your own unique spin on it. 

The finished examples shown use Baltic amber chips and peridot chips, respectively. 

To make this tree of life pendant, you will need the following tools and supplies:

One 6.5" piece of 18g wire
Four ~6" pieces of 26g wire
3mm-5mm stone chips of your choice (2mm-3mm round beads also work well)
Flush cutters
Round nose pliers
Chain nose pliers
Cup burr or file
Round object
 
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Step 1: Making the Circle

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Take your piece of 18g wire and wrap it tightly around your round object. For this tree of life pendant, I'm using a cardboard tube that some hemp cord was packaged on - it creates a pendant slightly larger than a quarter when finished. Wooden dowels, metal mandrels and other scavenged household objects will also work. 

Step 2: Starting the Pendant Bale

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To create the pendant bale, use your chain nose pliers to bend one of the wires up at a 90 degree angle. Try to make the bend as close to the middle of the circle as you can. 

Step 3: Making the Loop

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Rotate the pendant around so that the bend you just created is facing you. Using your round nose pliers, create a loop with the piece of wire that you just bent. 
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A gift for my mom this Mother's Day. I am loving making these. Ty
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Can't wait to make this with my babies birthstones.
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MelanieD53 months ago

Do you have a tutorial for that beautiful ring you're wearing?

BadBCreations made it!3 months ago

My first attempt, and its fun!

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victoria.malarkey made it!3 months ago

Just made my first one following your tutorial! My thin wire is 24 gauge (the smallest I could find at Michaels), and I used lapis lazuli and fancy jasper chips :)

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carole.j.cann3 months ago

Just finished my 1st attempt of this . Excellent tutorial :) Pic to follow. Thank you

smcrorie made it!6 months ago
the more I make these, the better they get.
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mandrews15 made it!6 months ago
my first one turned out awesome! the shape didn't stay round but thats fine with me. I also wrapped blue wire around the outside :D thanks for the easy instuctable!
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delvonna6 months ago
Great tutorial! I have become obsessed
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JakeH4 made it!6 months ago

I didn't twist up the trunk and branches as much as you did, and I used five wires instead of four to really fill in the space of the arc. I also used malachite chips instead of beads. A brilliant piece, a Christmas present for my girl friend, and a matching souvenir first attempt for me!

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KadenL6 months ago

This was one of the first wire projects I've done, so the first one didn't turnout particularly good but the second one came out perfectly! Makes a great gift.

smcrorie7 months ago
here are a few I made.
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ToraP made it!7 months ago

So easy to follow! I made a few changes to what you suggested -- size and ring wire gauge. But I absolutely love my pendant! It will be such a nice gift for Christmas! The colours look a little off because of poor lighting, but they are green! I also used a brass-coloured wire to have more of a tree effect.

Thank you so much!

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jennifer.bellina.3 made it!8 months ago

This was my first attempt and it came out beautifully! I made it a bit larger than instructed, but same rules apply! Thank you so much for the awesome instructions!

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jennileerose made it!10 months ago

I didn't have any of the thicker gauge wire, but I had some that was sort of thick, so I double wrapped it and went from there. Two metals, but it's what I had. Not bad for someone who has never done any wire wrapping before.

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LucilleMarie made it!1 year ago

This was my first attempt and I am pleased with the outcome.

The only thing is the thickness of the wire for the circle was hard to work with and I found 6.5" a bit short.

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This is absolutely gorgeous, I am definitely going to make one soon for someone :).
Thank you! I'd love to see it when you're done :)
So I made using stainless steel wires, it came out pretty well although it does need more finishing I must admit. My choice of wire is not good. Your feedback is much appreciated.
Thank you so much:).
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I think you did a good job :) What gauge wire did you use?
Yaaayy!! Thanks :) Sadly I don't know the wire gauge, it was sized as thin and thick only when I bought online. I was also very much confused when I bought online. I heard tiger tail wires are good, but don't know what kind of wire they are.

If you need to buy stainless steel wire, I think the Ring Lord website is a good source, with fair pricing. They mark their wire with real gauge numbers. Remember also, have a special set of tools to work with steel, as it is much harder than most jewelry wire, like copper.

verajnika made it!1 year ago

Thank you so much for this guide!

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RDeUslar1 year ago
Ok after almost one year i finally did it! What do you think? I made it a bit bigger to hang on my door. I think I did not choose the right thin wire gage.
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My first attempt, what do you think?
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Tomdf2 years ago
Very nice, I feel compelled to make one of these. I had never heard of a cup burr before but now I absolutely need one.

Your rings are really cool also!
CaterpillarArts (author)  Tomdf2 years ago
You should, they're a lot of fun! It's a nice project to work on when you just want to mindlessly do something with your hands while thinking. The cup burr saves a lot of time, I won't work without mine now. Glad you like the rings!
I totally did make one! This is my first ever attempt at jewelry, so I'm pretty happy with how it turned out (I really need to get some chain nose pliers.) Thanks for the instructions, they made it easy!
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CaterpillarArts (author)  Tomdf2 years ago
Very cool! You did a great job :)
Jimmie2342 years ago
This is beautiful! Really nice video. Thanks.
mahsa arian2 years ago
its really nice.
i love it :-)
Beautiful!
And very well documented.
CaterpillarArts (author)  masynmachien2 years ago
Thank you :)
Wow, those are beautiful!! Good job!! :)
CaterpillarArts (author)  Jessie Marie2 years ago
Thank you!
Very cute! Love that ring you are wearing too!
Thank you! I learned how to make the one on my thumb here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6N9gFCwhMA

The ring on my index finger is my own design; it didn't come from a tutorial. :)
sunFlow3r2 years ago
Wow those are really pretty:) I'll have to try making one once I get some wire!
CaterpillarArts (author)  sunFlow3r2 years ago
Thank you - you'll have to come back and show me what you come up with!
Beautiful work and great instructions!
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