By Request: Tree of Life Beading Tutorial

Howdy folks! We finally have a weekend that is not booked to the gills. ūüėÄ I have a project laid out on my bead board ready to string and I think I will let my daughters use some of my “good” beads (I have a couple of leftover¬†turquoise¬†beads my daughter Lila has been eyeing) If you have some free time this weekend maybe you¬†would¬†like to try making a¬†tree¬†of life pendant:

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I made a bunch of these a couple of weeks ago using 1.5″ key rings as my base because it’s what I had on hand (make do, or do without right?) and after I¬†made¬†about a dozen I grabbed a few 2″ key rings to try and I like them even better! Also I think they are¬†easier¬†for a beginner to use. I recommend watching the video in full screen to see better detail of the wire work but it is pretty easy. You don’t need to jot down notes because you can print my free pdf Tree of Life tutorial here. So sit back, relax and learn something new!

I have some exciting news, I have ordered new spring-loaded nylon jaw pliers yesterday and paid less than $3! Consumer Crafts is having¬†their¬†annual 25% off friends and family sale and their prices are already really low (I am in no way¬†affiliated¬†with them but I order from them¬†several¬†times a year, it is a great lace to get supplies for classes and buy art gift sets for presents) They have good deals on copper wire too ($2 a spool after coupon code) and I found 12 packs of 22 gauge colored copper wire that were $14 at the craft store for $4! If you are a beginner in need of tools that have some great deals, they have a $30 set of 5 jewelry pliers for $12 and most of their pliers are $3-$7. You get free shipping on orders over $100 so you might want to team up with a friend to get your order up to that point. I also picked up some Darice embossing folders for $2.25. They also have some chip beads for $1 a strand and they sell the key rings too, you can¬†probably¬†find all of the supplies I used at consumer crafts. Be sure to use the coupon code: ccfandf13 to get 25% off everything including sale prices but the sale ends Sunday night. Gee, I’m not¬†affiliated¬†but maybe I should ask for a commission LOL! I just wanted to pass on a great deal, oh and they sell the new¬†spectrum¬†noir markers for half the price of the craft stores too.

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Well that’s all for today. We have the big Easter Egg Hunt to go to today at the school but other than that the weekend is wide open, gotta love that! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Tutorial: How to attach ribbon ends

Howdy folks! With all of the wire¬†wrapped¬†pendents I have been making lately I needed a simple way to showcase them. I am going to sell them at a craft fair but I would rather sell a necklace than just the pendent on it’s own. Also I did not want to put anything on them that would detract from the pendant. The answer: Ribbon!

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So with ribbon you can just tie the ends together with an overhand knot (I do when using crinkled seam binding), make an adjustable knot or in the case of this velvet ribbon I used ribbon ends and a clasp. They are inexpensive (a 36 pack was a couple bucks at Joanns), they look elegant and they are easy to use.

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Here is a video to show you how:

I really like how¬†you¬†can use any clasp you like with the ribbon ends and you can use any ribbon you have that is¬†moderately¬†thick, not so good for sheer ribbon¬†unless you¬†were¬†using a double strand I think as the teeth need something to grab. Also I found a new tree pendant tutorial to make this¬†simpler¬†tree, I’m not sure what one I like better, on this pendant you start by wrapping 6 strands or wire at the top and adding beads for leaves then twisting the trunk together.

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Well, that’s all for today! I am looking forward to working in my studio today after 2 days of the kids home from school due to the snowstorm. I¬†might¬†even get around to filming the¬†original¬†tree of life pendant tutorial that was requested:) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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