Introduction: Metal Tree
I have been cleaning out my shop, and I found this old sculpture that I made. I decided to share it with the instructables community because I like the sculpture and I haven't seen anything like this. It is fairly easy to make, all you need is some wire and needle-nose pliers.
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Step 1: Tools and Materials
To make this tree you will need:
-Thick wire (24 in)
- Multiple strands of 12-14 gauge wire
- Single strands of bare Al or Cu wire (depending on what you use for the rest of it)
- Nuts, batteries, etc... (optional )
*note: I use thick twisted Al wire and single strands of Cu
Step 2: Preparing the Trunk
To prepare the wire you will use to make the trunk, shave away the insulation surrounding the thick wire.
Step 3: Making the Roots
To form the roots that make up the base, "fray" the wire for about 3 inches. bend the wires so that is looks more like actual roots.
Step 4: Forming the Branches
For the branches, do the same thing you did for the roots, but for about 6 in. Bend the branches inward to form the spreading arms of a tree.
Step 5: Adding Some Flavor
You could stop here, but you would have a really boring tree. To add some spice, take the single strands and wrap them around the trunk and interweave them into the branches.
* Another cool idea, if you have a brazing torch, try melting the trunk so the colors blend more. I think it would be really cool, but I am currently out of O2 for my torch, and can't try it.
Step 6: Fruit...
To give your tree even more personality, add some fruit. I have used nuts here, but on other trees I have used batteries, scrap metal, etc. You could even make this into a pen holder for your cubicle. Use your imagination. To attach my nuts, I looped the nut and twisted the wire around itself. To add this into the tree, just weave it in like you did with the single strands.
Step 7: Find a Place to Plant Your Tree
When you plant your tree, you want to have it just where you want it. I like putting mine on lamps, bedposts, desks,...
When you have found your place, use the roots to stabilize and hold the tree in place.
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