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

Step 1: Making the Circle

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

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

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. 

Step 4: Finishing the Loop

Slide your circle over your round object again - this will help retain the shape of the circle as you work on finishing the loop for the bale. Using your chain nose pliers, wrap the bottom wire around once, and the top wire that formed the loop around twice. Cut the excess wire off with your flush cutters so that both ends meet at the back of the bale. File down the cut ends or use a cup burr to round them off so that there aren't any sharp wire ends on your finished pendant. Using your chain nose pliers again, firmly bend the filed ends down so that they aren't sticking up anymore. 

Step 5: Step 5: Starting the Tree Roots

Take a piece of 26g wire and bend it in the middle. Place the bend that you just made on the bottom of your circle, and wrap the 26g wire around the 18g frame 3-4 times. You should have tightly coiled wraps when you're finished. Repeat this for the remaining pieces of 26g wire. 

Step 6: Finishing the Roots and Making the Tree Trunk

Group all of your 26g wires together at the bottom of the circle frame. Determine how large you want the root system to be, and start twisting all of the wires together. Keep twisting until the tree trunk is at the desired length - the shorter you make the trunk, the fuller your tree will end up being. 

Step 7: Separate the Wires to Start the Branches

Separate the 26g wires in pairs to make the tree branches. When you're finished separating them, you should have four branches in total. 

Step 8: Twist the Branches

Now that the branches have been separated, start twisting each wire pair together. I usually make 5-8 twists. Once you're finished with this, you will end up with eight branches. 

Step 9: Add Leaves to Your Branches

Starting with the first branch, add stone chips or beads to the 26g wire. Once you've added the beads to the branch, take the 26g wire and wrap it tightly around the 18g frame 3-4 times; don't cut off the excess wire yet. Repeat for each branch until all of them have leaves. 

Step 10: Cut Off the Excess Wires

Once you're sure each branch is positioned the way that you want it, cut off the excess 26g wire. Don't forget to use your chain nose pliers to push the cut ends down against the 18g frame so that they are poking up anymore. 

Step 11: Add the Finishing Touch to the Tree Roots (Optional)

Once I'm finished with the branches, I like to go back and bend the roots to give them a more natural look - feel free to leave them neat and straight if you like how that looks. Add your tree of life pendant to a cord of your choice and it's ready to wear!
<p>First one ever. Not bad . thanks for the instructions.</p>
Tips for all the loose ends? I have to get rid of those and weave the bale, but for a first try what do you think?
There are SOOOO MANY loose ends to tuck and hide; it's really hard to get this to the point where it won't snag. I was wondering if you had any tips. I don't have bent flush cutters so I can't get a perfectly flush cut. Tips? Tricks? I know I need to get a metal file but I'm not there yet lol
I made this with a hula hoop. Im not sure about it. But ur tutorial helped
I just kinda went with what I had around the house..
Love this so much!! Going to add more branches, and I think my frame wire is too big
<p>my take on your pattern thanks</p>
I added a little more but the instructions were very easy to understand. Thanks!
<p>Thank you so much for sharing!</p>
<p>This is really cool! I'm so going to try it, maybe with white beads for the Tree of Gondor...</p>
thanks for the instructable, really nice result.
it's easy to do
<p>Thanks for the guide! 18G silver frame with 20G copper branches. Peridot rough for leaves. </p>
A gift for my mom this Mother's Day. I am loving making these. Ty
Can't wait to make this with my babies birthstones.
<p>Do you have a tutorial for that beautiful ring you're wearing?</p>
<p>My first attempt, and its fun!</p>
<p>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 :)</p>
<p>Just finished my 1st attempt of this . Excellent tutorial :) Pic to follow. Thank you</p>
the more I make these, the better they get.
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!
Great tutorial! I have become obsessed
<p>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!</p>
<p>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.</p>
here are a few I made.
<p>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. </p><p>Thank you so much!</p>
<p>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!</p>
<p>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. </p>
<p>This was my first attempt and I am pleased with the outcome. </p><p>The only thing is the thickness of the wire for the circle was hard to work with and I found 6.5&quot; a bit short.</p>
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. <br>Thank you so much:).
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.
<p>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.</p>
<p>Thank you so much for this guide!</p>
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.
My first attempt, what do you think?
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. <br> <br>Your rings are really cool also!
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! <br>
Very cool! You did a great job :)
This is beautiful! Really nice video. Thanks.
its really nice. <br>i love it :-) <br>
Beautiful! <br>And very well documented.
Thank you :)
Wow, those are beautiful!! Good job!! :)
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 <br> <br>The ring on my index finger is my own design; it didn't come from a tutorial. :)

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