Chain nose pliers (or you may find long needle nose pliers to be easier to use for this)
Round nose pliers
Optional: Nylon or rawhide hammer and steel block
If you get a strand of each color of the crow beads I listed above, you’ll have plenty to make this and the Wire Wrapped Wreath Ornament as well, with plenty leftover to make more!
You can use the colors I have listed, or choose any colors of your choice of the Crow Beads.
Working from the spool of 18 gauge wire — meaning, don’t cut the wire off the spool or coil start to follow your drawing of the tree. Leave about 2 inches extra wire above the tree.
At the first corner, place your chain nose or needle nose pliers and then bend the wire. You may find it easier to grasp the wire where the bend will go and then pick up the wire and pliers to make the actual bend.
Go to the next point and repeat.
Continue until you have the tree completed. Leave about 2″ of extra wire on the other side, too.
Fix up the shape however you would like.
Hold the tree where the wires cross with your fingers or you can use chain nose pliers and twist twice.
Hold one of the wires in round nose pliers.
Wrap the wire around one barrel of the pliers. Then straighten the loop so it’s centered over the tree.
Hold the loop in chain nose pliers. Wrap the wire around in the same direction you started. Then wrap the other wire around. Keep your wraps tight and even.
Cut off any excess wire.
Make sure the tree is still in the shape you want it and make any adjustments.
You can probably get away with not doing this step since you’re using 18 gauge wire. To make it even harder and stronger use a nylon or rawhide hammer and lightly hammer the tree.
Cut a piece of 20 gauge wire and wrap it around the bottom corner of the tree. Do a couple of wraps and make sure it’s secure.
Add crow beads to the wire. You can randomly do this, use just one color or create a design. (I did mine randomly.)
Wrap the other end around just like you did on the first end. Cut off any excess wire.
Just above that row, start another row and repeat.
Repeat until you complete the tree.
I used some of the raffia that the crow beads come strung on as a hanger.
Creativity Tips for More Customization:
Use all one color of crow beads.
Use every other color.
Bead around the edge of the tree (note, you’ll probably have to bead as you do the bends in the tree.
Create your own hook using wire.
Make the beaded wires diagonal instead of straight across.
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As a member, I’m participating in a free creative journalling journey called Comfort and Joy. We’re on Day 9 and I just wanted to show you few of my pages from what we’re doing.
One of the prompts was to journal about what has brought me joy this year. This prompt seemed overwhelming at first because I honestly have the most horrible memory. Once I started writing everything down it all came flooding back to me. All the wonderful trips we took, all the awesomeness of nature, all the fun I had this year and of course my favorite people. It brought me joy just to remember all of the joy of the year.
Yes there was sorrow and sadness this year (and one of the prompts was finding joy in unexpected places), but there was absolutely a lot of joy this year as well. There was even joy in the sadness of my year.
This year also was the year I started taking Jani Franck’s life changing courses. Two of my favorites were Follow the Butterflies (Click here to view more details about Follow the Butterflies) and Blooming Creatives. Follow the Butterflies was an adventure to find my creativity. Yes, I have a creative business and I teach others to be creative, but I wanted more. This eCourse took me on a journey — an adventure — to find it.
This year I left my corporate day job to work from home. I still do work outside of my jewelry making education business, but I no long have to sit in a cubicle and I no longer have bosses.
This year my husband, step-daughter and I went on a lot of fun trips. Some were in nature, some were in cities, sometimes we just enjoyed our hometown of Lititz, PA. We went to a few waterfalls, which are definitely my favorite part of nature.
This year I took a lot of photos. A LOT. My husband gifted me with the camera that I have wanted for years and I have put it to full use.
This year we spent more time with my parents and in their river front property in the summer. Since I can easily work anywhere now, I had a lot more freedom.
Day 7′s prompt was to create a map to take us from sorrow to joy. So I literally drew a map with some signs of what I can do to find joy again to refer back to when I’m sad again.
My favorites are making jewelry, writing, going for a walk in nature, taking photographs and believe it or not, cleaning and organizing. Lately things have been a little bit more hectic and stressful than normal (that always happens at this time of year for me.) Creating this road map reminded me that I have resources that I can use to take me back to joy. I don’t need to just sit and be miserable. I can do something about it.
What has the Comfort and Joy Journalling Journey done for me so far?
I have learned some things like there is no joy without gratitude. I often forget this.
I’m trying to remember to find the joy in the sorrows in my life.
A road map back to Joy when I am sad.
When I was writing out the things that brought me joy this year it occurred to me that I had a lot more joy than I thought. Sometimes I get stuck in sadness and sorrow.
I have created an artwork about how I think joy feels. To me, it feels like spring. It feels like flowers blooming and warm air.
This journalling journey is free to Bubbling Well members. There’s a free and premium membership for the Bubbling Well. I definitely suggest upgrading to the premium version because you get all of Jani’s courses included. It’s a huge value. She is a huge resource when you’re not only searching to be creative, but also to keep it going. On top of that, if you’re looking to have a creative business she is my top resource for that type of information as well! Click here to view more details about the Bubbling Well.
Are you making a lot of your Christmas presents this year? I don’t mean to scare you, but if you are it’s really time to get started if you haven’t yet. You’re quickly running out of time.
Every year I plan to make a significant amount of presents for my family and friends.
Every year I plan to start early and to get a head start on it.
Every year the week of Christmas includes me staying up late at night, flour in my hair or squinting at wire.
Sometimes things don’t turn out as I would like and it’s disappointing to me because there’s no time to remake or fix it. Sometimes I simply run out of time.
Ready to get started?
Jewelry makes a great present!
And jewelry that you customize for your friends or family yourself is the best gift!
Here are some ideas for jewelry you can make for gifts:
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#2 Christmas Tree Earrings. These new, unique earrings offer lots of chances for customizing. Think of what a great gift they would make for your group of girlfriends! Switch out different colors and vary the triangle shape.
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#3 Make Spiral Charm Necklaces. You can customize these with different beads or add other charms. (Free: click here)
#4 Glass Tile or Scrabble Tile Pendants. I have made these for family members with photos of their kids, I made tons of these for custom orders in my jewelry business with photos of loved ones, dogs, special places, special photographs, pretty paper, dictionary pages with a special word, sheet music, etc., etc..
#5 Altered Art Charm Bracelet. This makes a unique and thoughtful gift for the same reason as #4 – personalize the charms with photos of kids, pets, places or even sheet music if they are into music, etc. You can customize the colors and charms you add as well.
(Or get the whole Altered Art Jewelry Digital Program, which includes the Glass Tile Pendant, Scrabble Tile Pendant, Altered Art Charm Bracelet and Bottle Cap Pendant tutorials all in one!)
#6 If you’re new to this whole jewelry making thing and don’t have any tools yet, try the stretch bracelet. These always make great gifts! (Free tutorial here. Plus learn how to customize it here.)
#7 Can you sew in a straight line and want to really impress your friends? Try making Fabric Cuff Bracelets.
I hope this helps you get started on your Handmade Holidays! Remember, thoughtful handmade gifts are so much more meaningful than store bought. Plus you can skip that whole nightmare of shopping!
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*You could use any color that you like for the wreath!
For these ornaments, feel free to use the artistic wire you find in craft wire, silver plated copper, copper or any other wire since you won’t be wearing the ornament.
Wrap the wire around the can and leave a little extra wire on each side.
Twist the wire closing the circle. Twist twice.
Grasp one of the wires with round nose pliers.
Wrap the wire around the barrel of the pliers forming a loop. If the loop is off center, then straighten it.
Hold the loop in chain nose pliers. Using another pair of pliers wrap the wire around. Then wrap the other wire.
Cut a piece of 20 gauge wire. I usually work in about 15 to 20 inch pieces. It’s easy to add more wire as you go along.
Start to wrap it around the wraps from the loop and then once around the wire of the circle.
Slide a crow bead onto the wire. Wrap the 20 gauge of wire around the base attaching the bead to the base securely.
Add another bead and wrap the wire around the base.
A note on wrapping: There isn’t an exact science for doing this. I like to wrap in between each bead and then go back and wrap around the bead or 2 before the one I just added. You’ll get the hang of it and understand more as you make the wreath.
When you use up all your wrapping wire, securely attach the end to the base. Then cut another piece of 20 gauge wire to continue wrapping. Work the end in by wrapping it a couple beads in from where you started. Make sure the end isn’t poking out.
When you get all the way around, secure the end of the wire to the base.
Add a length of the raffia that the crow beads came strung on to hang the wreath ornament.
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