How to wire wrap tree of life


Wire Wrapped Tree of Life Tutorial [STEP BY STEP]

I’m so excited to have finally finished this wire wrapped Tree of Life tutorial – perfect for any DIY wire jewelry making enthusiast!

In this post, I will show you how to make a tree of life pendant, step by step.

The tree of life is a symbol that has been used throughout history in many different cultures. It often represents the idea of rebirth or regeneration, as well as the interconnectedness of all life.

In some traditions, the tree of life is also seen as a symbol of wisdom and knowledge.

This Tree of Life wire wrap tutorial is quite long with over 90 photos so I definitely recommend grabbing the printable version. You can print the tutorial at home and store in a binder for easy reference.

This wire wrap tutorial is best suited for the advanced beginner or intermediate wire-wrapping artist.

WIRE WRAPPED TREE OF LIFE TUTORIAL

LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE

MATERIALS + TOOLS
  • 18″ – 16 gauge copper wire (dead soft)
  • 16 strands (5″ each) of 24 gauge wire
  • 14″-16″ of 24 gauge (for bail)
  • Large cabochon (mine measures 1.5″ x 2″)
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • 6-Barrel Pliers
  • Heavy duty cutters
  • Anvil or bench block
  • Hammer
  • Liver of sulfur (optional)
Materials required for wire-wrapped Tree of Life tutorial

Step 1

First thing is to make the frame of the Tree of Life pendant.

Line up the mid-point of your 16 gauge wire and start forming the wire around the cabochon (fig. 1a, 1b).

Carefully wrap the wire around each side of stone until wires cross at the top (fig. 1c, 1d).

Once you release the frame, the wires will bounce back a bit, leaving a gap around the cabochon (fig. 1e).

The gap is IMPORTANT. It should be big enough to accommodate the 24 gauge wire that you will be wrapping around the frame on all sides.

fig. 1afig. 1bfig. 1cfig. 1dfig. 1e

Step 2

Once you’re happy with the size of the frame for your Tree of Life pendant, you can hammer it lightly – this helps the frame keep its shape (fig. 2a, 2b).

Once hammered, you can use a Sharpie to add marks where you will bend both bail wires in place (fig. 2c).

fig. 2afig. 2bfig. 2c

Step 3

Using a pair of needle nose pliers, grab one of the bail wires (on the Sharpie mark). Make a straight bend. (fig. 3a, 3b, 3c)

fig. 3afig. 3bfig. 3c

Step 4

Repeat on other side and keep it as symmetrical as possible – this can take some practice (fig. 4a, 4b, 4c, 4d).

fig. 4afig. 4bfig. 4cfig. 4d

Step 5

Using your long piece of 24 gauge wire, make a couple wraps on one of the bail wires to anchor it (fig. 5a).

Start wrapping around both wires (fig. 5b).

From time to time, I use my finger nail to push wires together (fig. 5c).

Keep wrapping both bail wires until the wrap is approximately 1.25″- 1.5″ long (fig. 5d).

fig. 5afig. 5bfig. 5cfig. 5d

Step 6

Using wire cutters, trim excess wires and tuck ends in with needle nose pliers (fig. 6a, 6b, 6c).

fig. 6afig. 6bfig. 6c

Step 7

Using your needle nose pliers, carefully bend the bail forward slightly (fig. 7a).

Using barrel pliers, form your bail (fig. 7b, 7c).

Using needle nose pliers, make a bend in wire so it comes flush with the frame (fig. 7d, 7e, 7f).

fig. 7afig. 7bfig. 7cfig. 7dfig. 7efig. 7f

Step 8

Using your fingers, bend the wires outward, as shown (fig. 8a, 8b).

Now bend both wires inward, keeping both as symmetrical as possible (fig. 8c).

Cut excess wire, leaving about 0.5″ from crossing point (fig. 8d, 8e).

fig. 8afig. 8bfig. 8cfig. 8dfig. 8e

Step 9

Using round nose pliers, form loops at the end of each wire (fig. 9a, 9b, 9c). This will complete the back of the pendant.

As you can see, this creates 4 connection points. This is where the branches and roots will attach the back to the frame (fig. 9d, 9e).

fig. 9afig. 9bfig. 9cfig. 9dfig. 9e

Step 10

Gather your strands of 24 gauge wire. Find the mid-point and start twisting them together. This will start forming the trunk of the tree of life pendant (fig. 10a, 10b, 10c, 10d).

fig. 10afig. 10bfig. 10cfig. 10d

Step 11

Once you have a couple of twists done, place on your cabochon (fig.11a) .

This is just to give you an idea of how much room the trunk takes. Make sure you leave yourself enough room for your roots and your branches.

Spread out the branches and roots to give you a visual idea of your design. If your trunk is too long, untwist the trunk a little (fig. 11b, 11c).

fig. 11afig. 11bfig. 11c

Step 12

Once you are happy with your root and branch coverage, carefully move your branches upwards (fig. 12a).

Place a piece of masking tape over the top part of trunk and the branches. Wrap the tape around to secure the cabochon.

Make sure that you do not cover the bottom connection points.

These will be connected to the frame with the roots. Using your fingers, carefully spread out the roots (fig. 12b, 12c, 12d).

fig. 12afig. 12bfig. 12cfig. 12d

Step 13

Now it’s time to start with securing your roots.

First we start with the connection point on the left of the Tree of Life pendant.

Using the last root on that side, feed the wire through the connection point and the frame.

Make 2 loops to make sure it is secure (fig. 13a, 13b, 13c, 13d).

fig. 13afig. 13bfig. 13cfig. 13dfig. 13e

Step 14

Attach a second root – this will make sure the connection point is well secured.

Make 2 loops (fig. 14a, 14b).

Repeat the process on the right side of the pendant – secure 2 roots with 2 loops each (fig. 14c, 14d).

fig. 14afig. 14bfig. 14cfig. 14d

Step 15

Now that both connection points are secure, start securing each root to the frame (fig. 15a, 15b, 15c).

fig. 15afig. 15bfig. 15c

Step 16

Using a pair of wire cutters, cut all excess wire and tuck in with needle nose pliers (fig. 16a, 16b, 16c).

fig. 16afig. 16bfig. 16c

Step 17

Using your needle nose pliers, carefully make some kinks in the roots. This takes some practice.

Once you have a grip on the wire, twist your wrist to make the kink. Do this for all root wires (fig. 17a, 17b).

Carefully remove tape from your pendant (fig. 17c).

fig. 17afig. 17bfig. 17c

Step 18

Now that your roots are done, it’s time to work on the branches of your Tree of Life pendant.

Place a piece of tape over the roots, making sure that the connection points are not covered (fig. 18a).

Spread out your branches – move them around until you are happy with the layout (fig. 18b, 18c).

Secure your first branch on the right side of the pendant. Wrap your wire around the connection point and frame. Make 2 loops (fig. 18d, 18e, 18f).

fig. 18afig. 18bfig. 18cfig. 18dfig. 18efig. 18f

Step 19

Secure a second branch with 2 loops to the connection point (fig. 19a, 19b).

Repeat the process on the other side, securing 2 branches to the connection point (fig. 19c, 19d).

fig. 19afig. 19bfig. 19cfig. 19d

Step 20

Now it’s time to secure the rest of the branches. Start on one side and work you way around. Tie each wire around the frame with 2 loops (fig. 20a, 20b, 20c, 20d).

fig. 20afig. 20bfig. 20cfig. 20d

Step 21

Using a pair of wire cutters, cut each wire and tuck the ends in with needle nose pliers.

Work your way around the frame (fig. 21a, 21b, 21c, 21d, 21e, 21f).

fig. 21afig. 21bfig. 21cfig. 21dfig. 21efig. 21f

Step 22

Next, carefully remove the tape off the pendant (fig. 22a).

Using your needle nose pliers, add kinks to all the branch wires, like you did for the roots.

Your Tree of Life pendant is now complete! (fig. 22b, 22c, 22d)

fig. 22afig. 22bfig. 22cfig. 22d

FINISHED TREE OF LIFE PENDANT

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How To Make A Tree Of Life Pendant

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Ellie from 'Ellie's Handmade Art' shares with you a lovely tutorial on how to make a tree of life pendant, using our beautiful apatite chip beads.

This project can be made using your favourite gemstone beads and your choice of wire, whether that's silver, gold, brass or copper.

Follow along with Ellie's steps below and buy all the tools and supplies you need online to get making. Share and tag us in your tree of life designs over on Instagram and Facebook for a chance to feature!

About Our Guest Tutor, Ellie

Ellie has been making jewellery since 2014, creating intricate wire wrapped designs. Taking inspiration from nature, Ellie creates one of a kind pieces using ethically sourced gemstones and runs a successful Etsy shop, selling her creations.

Using your 20cm piece of 1mm wire, wrap around the bracelet mandrel. Where the wires cross, take your flat nosed pliers and create a right-angle bend in one of ends of the wire.

Hold your wires firmly against the bracelet mandrel and with the other end of the wire, wrap around the tall wire piece firmly 2 or 3 times to secure into place, this will create your pendant frame. Using wire cutters, cut the tail off of your wrapping wire leaving the tall wire still standing proud.  

Using flat nosed pliers, gently squeeze the cut wire to sit flush against the tall wire, this will ensure there are no rough edges to catch on clothing etc.

Once you have done this, use your fingers to bend the tall wire down towards the mandrel. 

Place round nosed pliers at the base of your wire and wrap around the pliers, you will need to take out the pliers half way round and reinsert them to get a complete full loop. This loop will become your bail.

Grip the loop in your flat nosed pliers and wrap the tail around the base of the loop to secure it in place. 

Take your five pieces of 30cm 0.4mm wire and bend each of them in half. Take a piece of the wire and hook this around the wire at the bottom of your pendant base.

Wrap the 0.4mm wire around the 1mm wire 4 or 5 times. Repeat this step with the other four 0.4mm wires. 

Take all the wires between your fingers and gently twist these together. Once you have about 2cm of twist you can create bends with the wires either with your fingers or using flat nosed pliers.

Once you have formed your trunks separate out your wires until the are all fanned out. 

Now for the fun part!

Start adding your gemstone nugget beads on one wire at a time. Attach the 0.4mm wire to the 1mm wire by wrapping around 5 or 6 times.

Add the beads on evenly to each side of the tree one wire at a time until you have filled and attached every wire. 

Using flat nosed pliers, take each wire and anchor to the back of the pendant base. You can make these tighter by moving the wire back and forth a couple of times with your pliers, do this to each wire.

Once you have done this, use wire cutters to cut the wire leaving approximately 1mm of wire. When you have cut all the wires use flat nosed pliers to secure the wires in place. 

Your tree is now complete. Add a chain or thread and you are ready to go! 

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Simply attach a ready made chain to complete your tree of life pendant! We have lots available in a range of metals, lengths and styles to suit your style.

The products used in this project are suggestions to inspire you. Products used were compatible at the time of making but do be aware that stocks can vary, so do use your own judgement as to the compatibility of each item when making.

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House of Beads. Wire tree with beads

Miniature trees or bonsai came into our lives from the East and quickly gained popularity. This explains the high cost of miniature artificial trees in the retail chain. It is not difficult to make wood from beads. Master class will tell you how to do this. Such products are recommended to be installed where a person strives for well-being, harmony, prosperity. A small tree can stimulate mood, give optimism and confidence.

Step-by-step master class

Such products are not just a decorative item in the interior. They are able to accumulate the energy of the sun, fire, water and direct them in the right direction. The curved trunk symbolizes greeting. A guest who finds himself in a room where there is a bonsai will instantly forget about the negativity with which he could appear on the threshold of this house.

It is also a symbol of prosperity, therefore such crafts are called a money tree. To make it, you need to prepare:

It is not necessary to have beading experience. Trees bonsai are made quite simply and do not require special skills.

1. Cut the wire into pieces about 40 centimeters long.

2. Put a bead in the middle and twist it carefully. Make a few turns. If small beads are used, you can use three beads at a time, as in the example in the photo. Make the turns carefully, observing symmetry.

3. You will need 100-120 such improvised branches.

4. No pattern for the bead tree is needed. Everything is quite improvised. It is not necessary to adhere to the proposed option. Next, add a few more beads on the wire to each branch. A branch with more beads looks more realistic.

5. Now connect the three prepared branches by twisting with pliers.

6. Using the suggested step-by-step instructions, assemble three large branches. Try to keep them the same size.

7. Using pliers, connect three branches to form the trunk of the future tree.

8. Form a stem 3-4 cm long. Divide the wire into three equal pieces. Next you have to do the roots.

9. Divide each marked part into two separate groups and twist them. Three, four turns will be enough.

10. Divide each hotel group into three parts again. Make three turns and divide again. Do this until you reach the edge of the wire. Thus, it turns out to make powerful, branched roots.

11. Cut off the excess with wire cutters. The tree can now be placed in a jar and secured with gravel, sea pebbles.

But the bonsai will look more original on a large cobblestone or in a decorative planter. It is “planted” on a stone with a glue gun.

In order to fix a tree in a pot, it is necessary to insert it inside and fill it with a solution of gypsum, alabaster. Decorate the top with artificial moss or decorative pebbles. The barrel, to make it look more realistic, is wrapped with brown tape and varnished.

3 ideas for developing creativity

Using the technique proposed in the master class, you can make a variety of trees. This is a significant gift for a loved one on the occasion of a celebration or just a source of additional income. These items are in high demand and sell out quickly.

1. Classic Yin-Yang birch. For the manufacture of white and black beads were used. Instead of a bead, eight beads of a single color are strung on each wire. Make two separate trees. They are fixed on the basis, the branches in the crown area are intertwined with each other. It is fixed in a container with a solution of alabaster. The top of the "primer" is painted with acrylics after the mortar has set.

2. From black pearls. Bright pearls with iridescent overflow will make the tree not only beautiful, but also rich enough. Decor in the form of bullfinches was purchased separately. Such a bonsai will be a symbolic gift for a pearl wedding (30 years) or just an expensive gift for any occasion.

3. Pine crown is made of green beads. Eight beads are put on each wire. Everything else is done as suggested in the master class. The tree is "planted" in a planter stand. Filled with alabaster solution and decorated with artificial moss.

Having mastered the technique, even a novice needlewoman will understand how interesting and exciting it is. A hobby can quickly turn into a profitable business.

we make an interesting interior decoration from an old bicycle wheel

The tree of life is symbolic in almost all cultures and religions. It unites heaven, earth and the underworld, acting like a bridge between the worlds. In Norse mythology, the tree of life is called Yggdrasil, and the gods live in the branches, watching over us mere mortals below.

In Egypt, the sacred plane tree guards the threshold between life and death, and the Maya believe that the tree of life is supported by heaven. The Herero people of South West Africa believe that the spiritual tree has magical powers and that the first people climbed up roots from the underworld to settle on Earth.

I have always been fascinated by these stories and trees hold a special place in my heart. They are so majestic, their roots are buried deep in the earth, and their branches reach up to the sky. So I decided to repurpose a bicycle wheel to make one and remind everyone that everything is connected: all religions, all cultures, all people on this earth.

Origin

There is no doubt that the origin of the tree of life predates the Celts, as it is a powerful symbol in ancient Egyptian mythology among others. There are various drawings associated with this symbol, but the Celtic version dates back to at least 2000 BC. This is when drawings were found in Northern England during the Bronze Age. Apparently it also predates the Celts by more than 1000 years.

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According to the ancient Celtic druids, the tree of life had special abilities. When they cleared the area for settlement purposes, a single tree would remain in the center, which became known as the tree of life. It provided the population with food, warmth and shelter, and was also an important meeting place for high-ranking members of the tribe.

Since it also provided food for animals, this tree was believed to take care of all life on earth. The Celts also believed that every tree was an ancestor of man. It is said that Celtic tribes will only inhabit those places where such a tree is present.

What you need to make a tree of life

To make a tree of life you will need a bicycle frame and a roll of 12 gauge black wire. 12 gauge wire is about 2 mm (1/12 inch) thick. I love using jewelry wire to create art. She is very easy to work with. If you can't find jewelry wire, regular wire will do. It's just a little harder to turn.

The amount to be used in the process will depend on the size of the bicycle wheel or which round shape you are using. You will need scissors to cut the wire.

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If the frame still has spokes, then you should definitely remove them, and then get to work.

It is advisable to lightly sand the bicycle rim to remove any traces of rust. And then wipe it down before painting it black. Of course, you can paint the blank in any color that you like. But I think black is perfect.

Tree of Life Making Process

Measure the diameter of the band and cut the jewelry wire into pieces that are approximately 1 3/4 times the diameter of the band. Approximately 60 to 70 pieces will be needed. The more pieces that are cut, the wider the trunk of the tree will be.

Now you need to connect all the strips of wire together and twist them tightly from the center, from where the middle line would have to form the trunk.

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Making tree roots

When the workpiece is ready, it must be divided into short wires into about five groups. It's okay if you can't get the groups to be the same thickness, this will add an organic wood look later on. Agree, because even a tree does not have everything perfect: roots, branches, leaves - they are all different in thickness, patterns and sizes.

Then just twist the wire to form the roots. Try to make sure you twist the wires in the same direction so you don't unravel the previous twists.

Gradually continue placing the tree of life on the rim. Periodically it is worth checking whether everything is going according to plan, whether you are satisfied with the shape and appearance.

Creating branches

Now we need to do the same for branches. It's okay if some wire pieces overlap and add some kinks to the wire or bend it. This is even for the better, an imitation of how branches grow on trees will be visible. Each tree will look different, so don't worry about getting the job done perfectly.

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The tree of life that stands in our little house looks completely different. To attach the tree of life to a bicycle rim, you need to put some wires through the holes where the spokes should have been and twist them together.

It's time to hang up the result

I hung up the product using some woolen thread.

As a decoration, I added a swing on one of the branches. I made it from a wheel from a toy car. But if you feel like you can do something different or more interesting, then you can always make miniature swings to complement the branches.


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