Sunday, 21 April 2013

Handmade Monday: Tree of life

This week I've mostly been experimenting with tree of life pendants.  I've not tried them before, but I know they are popular, so thought I'd have a go.

My first attempt with lapis lazuli chips and bronze wire.


Hubby pointed out, after admiring it, that there aren't many bright blue-leafed trees around.  I think that is now it's unique selling point!  I just like blue and brown myself...

Then this one is a little more experimental

I wanted to set the glass beads in a sort of bezel of wire, which kind of half-worked.  The finished piece is very delicate, and I had to add lots of scaffolding at the back to reinforce it.  I need to work on the idea, so watch this space for more mutant trees in weird and wonderful colours!

Just as a PS: A few crafty folk and blog readers have bought this bag charm in the past, and it sold again last night.  I have more of the beads on order, so it will be back, but is just available for pre-order at the moment, with an estimated mid-May delivery. 


Here's a link to see what others have been doing this week for Handmade Monday. 

Alison x

25 comments:

  1. I like the brown and blue too. If you are colour blind you would not see the difference. The colourful one is beautiful too - I hope that you do find a way of making it work.

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  2. These are amazing! The colours are really pretty :)

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  3. the second one is sooooo pretty. amazing work

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  4. I really like both of those 'Tree of Life' pendants, but the second one the most I think. I made one in the same pattern a while back and found it very satisfying and enjoyable to make.

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  5. Love your trees of life. It is funny as I can't think of a blue tree either, but it still looks great.

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  6. The tree of life image is a really strong one, I love the blue and copper. Check out the Ceanothus, it's a beautiful tree or shrub covered in blue flowers. The second one is brilliant, very different and lovely and colourful.

    Jan x

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  7. Those trees are just gorgeous!

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  8. I soooo love the blue, both trees are goregous!! xx

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  9. The blue one is lovely. Very talented.

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  10. I think the colourful second tree of life works really well- love the swirls of wire around the beads- reminds me a little of one of Louise Mead's tree paintings.

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  11. Well you are called Blue Forest!! I love the blue and copper brown the best - it is a stunning piece of work. Love it.

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  12. the colourful one is amazing - beautiful

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  13. I like the multi coloured one best but they are both beautiful

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  14. oooh i love tree of life pendants and yours are gorgeous! I agree that the deep blue of the lapis looks amazing with the copper wire. The one with the coloured glass beads is really fun and definitely something a bit different and eye catching!

    Your bag charm is gorgeous too and perfect for crafters! x

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  15. I love the blue but the swirly bezels on the second make it even more special - more like that please!

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  16. Really beautiful trees - the brown and blue one is gorgeous. Hope you have a good week.

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  17. The tree of life pendants are beautiful I especially like your 'experimental' design. Lovely bag charm as well.
    Ali x

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  18. These pendants are beautiful, I especially like the second one.

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  19. I love both pendants, and I think the colourful leaves are perfect on both, good luck with the designs and developing them further :-)

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  20. I love trees of all sorts and do like your tree of life pendants. The second one is particularly eye catching but I can imagine it being a lot of work.

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  21. Great work. I really like the colours and the wire work in the second one :)

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  22. Wow, your tree of life pendants look amazing. I love them both - I too love blue and brown together.
    Love, Andrea xx

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  23. The bag charm is great. I love the positive message. I also agree with you on the lapis lazuli tree - I like the blue and brown too!

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  24. Gorgeous tree-of-life pendants. I'm now a follower to your blog.
    Ana (aka Acbeads)
    http://acbeads.blogspot.com

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