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)
Round nose pliers
Chain nose pliers
Cup burr or file
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.