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Gem a tree


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Gem a tree

  1. 1. © IzzyGumbo 2010 WWW.PERFECTLYTWISTED.ETSY.COM Please do not distribute, lend or copy. Do not mass produce. Please always give credit to the Teacher. © IzzyGumbo 2010 In this lesson, you will learn how to create a very versatile wrap around a tear drop cabochon. Materials: • 16 gauge soft copper and /or silver wire, round, craft store • Glass bobbles, large favorite glass beads, craft store mosaic tile pieces, etc… Tools: Wire cutters Jewelry round nose pliers Small jewelry file 1
  2. 2. © IzzyGumbo 2010 Step1: From the copper spool, cut the following: 2 pieces, 12 inches long 2 pieces, 24 inches long 2 pieces, 36 inches long 1 piece, 9 inches long. Step 2: Trim the ends so that they are clean and flat. Use the file to remove sharp ends. Put all wire together, even at one end. Use the 9 inch wire to secure the bundle. Begin the first wrap leaving 5 inches at the bottom of the wire bundle. Holding the bundle together, start the first wrap with the 9 inch wire leaving 2 inches on the short end. Step 3: 2
  3. 3. © IzzyGumbo 2010 Step 4: Make three to four tight wraps moving ‘up’ the wire bundle, using the long end. Step 5: Begin to move each wrap half an inch apart as you continue to wrap up the trunk of the tree. 3
  4. 4. © IzzyGumbo 2010 Step 6: Make the trunk approximately three inches high. Step 7: Finish the upper and lower wrap using the flat nose pliers to secure the ends. Use the wire cutters to trim off any extra wire that you do not want protruding. 4
  5. 5. © IzzyGumbo 2010 Step 8: Spread out the bottom wires so that they bend straight out at the bottom of the wire bundle. Step 9: This creates the base of the tree and is surprisingly stable. Step 10: Using the round nose pliers, take a hold of the tree and one of the base wires. Create a loose spiral loop at the end and curl it inward toward the trunk of the tree. 5
  6. 6. © IzzyGumbo 2010 Step 11: Make three or four turns until you reach the center of the wire. Create a shapr right angle bend. Step 12: Repeat this with all remaining wires at the base of the tree. The spirals can either go all the same direction if it is easier for you, or you can alternate them for design. Create one spiral counter clockwise and another, clockwise, alternating their direction around the tree base. 6
  7. 7. © IzzyGumbo 2010 Step 13: The tree is designed to look ‘whimsy’ so don’t worry to much about being exactly perfect with the spirals. Don’t worry about the wires becoming ‘misplaced’ during this process. You can and will, reposition them in the next steps. Step 14: Once all the base spirals are made, use your hands to reposition them around the tree base to ensure that it stands upright. Spread them out evenly around the tree. 7
  8. 8. © IzzyGumbo 2010 Step 15: Create a slight downward bend at the center of each base wire. Push each up slightly, again making sure that they are spread somewhat evely around the center trunk. Step 16: This bend in each ‘tree root’ helps the wires to stay in position around the tree. Bend each spiral slightly down to touch the table. 8
  9. 9. © IzzyGumbo 2010 Step 17: Once done with the base of the tree, take the upper wires and spread them out and apart from each other. Step 18: SAFTY… when working with these wires, make sure to be mindful of where your eyeballs are at all times, in relation to the ends of the wires… 9
  10. 10. © IzzyGumbo 2010 Step 19: Take a piece of your decorative glass and one of the shortest wires. Hold onto the base of the tree, the wire and the glass bobble firmly in one hand. Using the other free hand, wrap the wire securely around the glass. Create four to five tight wraps to ensure that the glass bobble or bead does not ‘fall out’ of the wire. Step 20: Using the round nose pliers and the remaining two inches of the wire end, create a loose, small spiral. Bring the spiral up near the glass, leaving a small edge off of the glass. This is where the earrings will hand from. 10
  11. 11. © IzzyGumbo 2010 Step 21: Because the wires are different lengths, be mindful of which one you are using. Longer wires can hold more then one piece of decorative glass or glass bead. Continue to wrap glass into each wire remembering to leave a spiral end as the ‘hanger’. Be whimsical adding random twists and bends into the loose wire as you go. Keep in mind that the tree is designed to hang earrings from, so as you wrap, think to leave ‘room’ along the wires, in between each bead or glass bobble. I like to make random spirals as they work best for adding strength AND as places to put my earrings. 11
  12. 12. © IzzyGumbo 2010 Step 22: Another way to wrap the glass onto the wire is to begin at the outside end. Using the round nose pliers, create a small spiral for hanging earrings. Take your glass bobble and hold it along the wire. Then simply turn the glass into the wire, making tight secure wraps, moving inward toward the trunk. Stop about 2 inches from the center and create soft bends in the ‘branch’. 12
  13. 13. © IzzyGumbo 2010 Step 23: The following are larger images for visual help and ideas. 13
  14. 14. © IzzyGumbo 2010 Step 24: Once all branches are done, use your hands and eyes to gently bend and position each branch so that it’s cute ☺ and enjoy! These are great fun, easy to make and a fun place to hand your earrings! DESIGN IDEAS: Create a forest of trees, different heights only means making the wires in the bundle longer or shorter. Add more for a ‘bigger, fuller’ tree. Use combinations of large glass beads (HINT! Remember the whole must be large enough to fit the larger wire), use glass bobbles, use craft store mosaic tiles… anything that strikes your fancy! Use smaller wires and ‘wire on’ smaller gemy beads, or bead leaves… the ideas are endless. Enjoy them! Feedback and comments are always welcome. ☺ 14