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.

Step 1: Tools and Materials

To make this tree you will need:
      -Wire cutters
      -Knife   (Optional)

~ Materials:
      -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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    5 Discussions


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Wonderful! Am inspired to grow my own version. Will share when done.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Incredible. What will I discover next on instructables? This is real art with intention to inspire. I'm afraid I made one but someone thought it was trash scrap and tossed it away into the dumpster. Hurt my feelings so I won't do another.

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    8 years ago on Introduction

    Nice, I like the way you used two different colours of wire, the fruit is pretty cool too.

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