Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Shinies WIP: New Sculpted Tree

One of the things I wanted to do this year was to redesign my trees a bit. Take things further, figure out new ways to make them, add to them... things like that. That's actually how the Sparkle Forest got going. Taking the trees from chips to facets meant a whole new way of wrapping the stones in. That could very well have opened up a plethora of stone options. Pretty excited about that.

For the last couple of weeks I've been trying to find a way to wrap trees on large stone beads instead of cabochons. It seems it should be easier a task than it's turned out to be. Still working on that.

My last attempt ended up straying a bit. I'd set out to put a tree on a Bloodstone bead, but what I ended up with was a new full moon tree. A more sculpted tree than I usually make. I tried to get a bit more creative this time. So far, what I've ended up with is...

It has gnarls, and knots. :D It also has little torched balls on the ends of the wires that I tired to weave back thru the tree to fill in it and add more depth to the tree.

heehee, it has character and stuff. :D :D

And a biiiiiiiiiiiiig full moon.

It's not done yet. It's been in the tumbler getting all strong again because all the torch work made the metal too soft and funky. Next step is antiquing. I'm curious what all the knots and such will look like when it's finished. Looks cool in my head.

*Fingers crossed*

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Shiny Giveaway: LT3 Tree of Life Earrings

A few weeks ago, you may remember I was working on my first set of Sparkle Forest earrings. Actually, what I was really doing was making a custom piece of jewelry for Less Than Three Press. They asked me to make something for their birthday celebration (Happy Birthday guys!) so what I made was my version of of their web banner. :)

So this...

became this...

A pair of sterling silver, green Aquamarine Trees of Life with 3 pink Cherry Quartz flowers, and little hearts, because after all... they /are/ the way to your heart. ;)

That's what I see when I look at their banner.

Now it's time for their big birthday bash, and the trees are up for a giveaway, along with some other way awesome goodies. Yay! So head on over and check it out. It is WAY to awesome to miss!


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