How to Make a Tree Pendant

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Introduction: How to Make a Tree Pendant

About: I'm a stay at home mom of two gorgeous little girls! I love crafts and making just about anything. I love to find stuff I really like and make it myself (with my own twist of course!)

Find it here in my shop:  http://www.etsy.com/listing/95177139/tree-of-life-pendant
What you will need:

Wire (20 gauge and 26 gauge)
Wire cutters
Round nose pliers
Small beads
Something to wrap the wire around that is about the size you want your pendant to be
    (I used the cardboard tube pictured here)

Begin by wrapping the 20g wire around your tube a couple of times so you get a good even circle.

Cut the wire circle with about an inch overlap

Bend one end straight up (this will become your bail or the part you feed the chain of your necklace through)

Wrap the other end around the straight piece and make sure it is nice and even so that the end is not poking out.

Take your round nose pliers and create a loop with the part of wire still sticking up to create your bail

You have now created the base of your pendant.

Step 1: Make the Base of the Pendant

After you you have created your circle with the tube (or what ever you have chosen to use)

Bend one end straight up (this will become your bail or the part you feed the chain of your necklace through)

Wrap the other end around the straight piece and make sure it is nice and even so that the end is not poking out.

Take your round nose pliers and create a loop with the part of wire still sticking up to create your bail

You have now created the base of your pendant.

Step 2: Creating Your Tree

Cut about 3 pieces of the 20g wire and 6 pieces of the 26g wire about twice as long as the diameter of the circle.

Take all the strips of wire and twist them together in a small section in the middle.

Separate your roots and branches:
     Choose one end to be the bottom of the tree and separate the wire into 3 groups for the roots and then separate ALL the pieces of wire at the top.
   Attache your roots to the bottom of the circle piece by bending the wire around the circle, cut the excess and make sure the ends are flush to the circle.
    Now load your branch wires with beads and begin bending each piece around the circle. Feel free to weave the branch wires through each other to get the desired effect with your beads.
    After securing each branch wire trim excess and again make sure your pieces are flush.

Now string it to a chain and there you go!

Step 3: Add a Little Color

Now that you have your roots attached and your branches separated...

Load your branch wires with beads and begin bending each piece around the circle.

Feel free to weave the branch wires through each other to get the desired effect with your beads.

I like to wrap as much of the excess wire around the top to make sure it is secure and it looks even.

After securing each branch wire trim excess and again make sure your pieces are flush.

Now string it to a chain and there you go!

Find it here in my shop: http://www.etsy.com/listing/95177139/tree-of-life-pendant

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25 Discussions

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JessicaLevy
JessicaLevy

4 years ago

I almost made this for my mother and mother-in-law for mothers day. It was my first attempt and the seed beads I used were too small. But I really think they'll appreciate that I took the time to craft something for them. I imagine that practice makes perfect, just like any DIY>

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Lord Josmar
Lord Josmar

6 years ago on Step 3

Just finished this pendant for my wife, and she loved it. I think that next time I make it I will cut longer strips of wire for the tree as I didn't have a lot of excess to wrap around the frame. The only other trouble I had was the frame not holding its shape. Great tutorial!

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sweetgirlnicki
sweetgirlnicki

7 years ago on Step 3

I just made this and it didn't quite turn out as nice as yours! It is a really easy instructable to follow so I think I will keep trying until I get the desired effect. Thanks for the great instructable!

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cairparavel
cairparavel

Reply 7 years ago on Step 3

I does take some trial and error to get it just how you want. Good luck!

my version:
https://www.instructables.com/files/deriv/FQQ/VLEX/H3Z3UBV6/FQQVLEXH3Z3UBV6.THUMB.jpg

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You inspired me to mess around with wire for the first time :) Tried to make this like the blossoming cherry trees for a friend who lost her tree necklace, but this is too pokey to be a pendant, so maybe I will tie a pink ribbon onto it for a decoration (or maybe make it a pin!)
Thanks for your instructable!!

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cairparavel
cairparavel

Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

Beautiful pendant I like how you used the pink with the green.

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cairparavel
cairparavel

Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

I could see how that could happen. You have to be real careful that you turn the ends of the wire into the pendant so that they don't poke out.

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ecsaul23
ecsaul23

8 years ago on Step 3

Very pretty, great job. My friend made 12in tall wire and bead trees in highschool that I thought were amazing as well

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cairparavel
cairparavel

Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

Thank you. I think I might try my next one in like fall colors!

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gg1220
gg1220

8 years ago on Introduction

Thank you! I've always wanted to know how to make one of these :)

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cairparavel
cairparavel

Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

Your welcome. Believe it or not this is the first one I have ever made!

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gg1220
gg1220

Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

Really? Congrats, it turned out beautifully!