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Teardrop Tree Of Life Pendant

By: Michelle Lambert from mybeads.com
Updated March 25, 2020
Teardrop Tree Of Life Pendant
Teardrop Tree Of Life Pendant

"In this tutorial we are making a stunning Tree of Life pendant, using a gemstone teardrop cabochon and wire. Making this style of pendant using a teardrop cabochon is a little different, so we hope you enjoy this tutorial! This project doesn't require any special tools, just standard cutters and flat nose pliers. The stone is quite small, at 25mm, so the finished pendant is lovely and delicate. We call this a beginners project, but it is a little fiddly! Time to complete is approximately one to two hours. "

Project TypeLearn a Technique

Bead TypeGemstone, Wire

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Bead Technique UsedChainmail/Wirework

Bead Project TypeOther

Beginner

Materials List

  • Gemstone Cabochon 25mm
  • 18ga Artistic wire
  • 26ga artistic wire

Instructions

  1. Take 14cm  of 18ga wire, and make a teardrop-shape that is smaller than the cabochon. Then, use flat nose pliers to angle the tail ends off as per the photo.

  2. Using 26ga wire, make a weave (any weave will do, use your favourite!). Then, using round nose pliers make two small loops at the end of the 18ga wire.

  3. Take 8pcs of 20cm 26ga wire and fold each in half. Attach each piece of wire to the frame at the middle of the 26ga wire (at the bend) with two loops onto the 18ga wire.

  4. Optional: After attaching all 8pcs of wire, use flat nose pliers to kink the wires to make them look more like natural tree roots.

  5. Bring all the wires together, and twist as one to make the tree trunk. Use your stone as a guide to get the shape right. Roughly shape five branches by twisting multiple wires together.

  6. Using flat nose pliers, take the individual wires and kink them to look more natural. Put your stone in place to check the shape is working well.

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