Gwyneth

I live on the west coast of Wales, in the UK. I've been crafting in one form or another as a hobby for a long time, but since ill health and disabling conditions curtailed on the activities I can do and forced me into early retirement I've been doing more crafting. This blog is a record of the crafting I've been doing. I've found that, with some adaptations, there are crafts I can do even when confined to bed, such as making cards using die-cut elements. In addition to the cards that I make for uploading to CUP, I've also made bilingual wedding stationary for family members and lots of other different types of card, some of which can be seen on my website. In this blog I'll try to note how easy or difficult any particular card has been to make. In addition to making cards I make some bits of jewellery (when my hands allow) and knitting. I use to knit with needles and make everything from cabled patterns to socks, but I can no longer hold up and manipulate needles, so I've swapped to knitting on looms/knitting boards the last couple of years and am having fun trying out lots of new yarns to get different effects as oppose to complicated paterns.

3 Christmas Cards

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Nov 162018
 

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3 Christmas Cards

While I was busy makeing my batches of Christmas cards earlier this year one of the carers who come to help Mam and I asked me if I could make some cards for her that were personalised.  She wanted one each for her two grandaughters as well as one from the dog to her husband.

These are what I made.

She saw me using an image of a mole, from a Hunkeydory collection that I’ve had for a while, and immediately thought of their dog who is always finding moles and presenting them to her husband.  She wanted something a bit more ornate than the flat card I was working on at the time, and for it to be personalised to Dad.

There were several mole pictures in the collection so madeing something for her wasn’t a problem.  The card is around 8″ square. I had the matching background cardstock so put that inside.  I cut a panel out of the front and taped acetate in it’s place.  Before I added the two decorative panels onto the front, which were cut from the A4 background sheet I used inside, I cut two more strips of acetate that were longer than the gap. These were also stuck across the front but bowed.

Once the decorative panels were in place I put one strip of red liner, ultra racky, tape dow the center of the topper and stuck it to the center of the top bowed acetate.

I then die cut a Happy Christmas and glued it to the bottom strip of acetate so it looks to be floating.

 

You can see the 2 items floating in this photo just about. Sorry my photos haven’t turned out the best.

I then die cut the letters DAD and stuck them onto the right hand side panel using 3mm deep foam tape.

And this is what the card looks like from the front.

I made a box to ptesent this card in because of the dimension.

Next it was a card for one of the grandaughters.  The carer liked the image of a little girl on the stairs from another Hunkeydory collection.

This time I made an A4 size card.  I stuck a whole sheet of A4 cardstock that matched the chosen image on the ouside of the card, and a matching insert inside.

I put decorative line peeloffs all round the outside a few mm in from the edge and then set about die cutting the little girl’s name and Happy Christmas out of gold and green cardstock  for the Happy Christmas I stuck the gold version onto the green slightly offset and stuck the words directly to the card front using wet glue.

I did the letters of the name the other way around – green on gold.  After a discussion with our carer about whether she wanted the letters of the name on straight or at jaunty angles she decided on jaunty. So I stuck them on with foam tape to give them dimension.

I also used different depths foam tape to stick on the framed topper.

I also put together two A4 sized envelopes for this card and the next. Think they came pre cut from Kanban.

Next it was on to the second grandaughter’s card.  She isn’t 1 yet so 1 Christmas was needed somewhere on the card together with her name.  The cute Santa image, from another Hunkydory collection, chosen by the carer has a Christmas greeting on it, and I had a coordinating background cardstock for this one as well.  This time I stuck a sheet of foil patterned cardstock onto the A4 base card and then trimmed the coordinating cardstock before attaching it to the card with fingerlift tape so that it was framed by the foiled first sheet.

This time I cut the greetings and name out of white Adorable Scorable and another sheet of the same foiled cardstock, and I stuck the foiled offset over the white for all the lettering.  The Christmas wad stuck directly to the card and the other letters and the topper were stuck on with foam tape.

And here we have the finished card.

Had to take the photo in more gloomy conditions than I’d like because all the foil lettering just gave a lot of glare in brighter sunlight.

That’s it from me for today.  Have a great day whatever you are doing.

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Another Tree

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Nov 142018
 

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Tree In A Glass

After I showed you the second, boxed, tree in my blog post of the 31st October – here – I decided to make something similar but presented in a different way.

One of my nephews has been to a few sales with his father and bought the occasional box of bits and pieces.  His idea is to sort and sell on – I believe he has managed to sell on a few bits, but amongst what he’d got was an assortment of glassware, part sets of different type.  And as part sets he wasn’t going to be able to persuade anybody to buy any of them (unless he found somebody with the same glassware who wanted to replace broken ones that they had) so he is looking for ways to give “added value” to some of the glassware to make them into ornaments, candle holders, etc., and then try to sell them.

And of course that meant bringing 5 of them over to me to see what ideas I could come up with.

So – tree in a glass anyone!?

Of course, the tree is much smaller than the previous ones in the display box, but it is made in a similar way.

I cut lengths of 0.5mm coloured copper wire about 6″ long, threaded clear, silver lined, seed beads to the middle, folded the wire back on itself and twisted it a few times by the bead.

I then twisted the single bead branches with another, and worked together clusters until I had the whole lot twisted together to form the trunk of the tree.  I kept on holding it up against the glass to guage width and height, although of course the “branches” could be bent in any way to fit inside.

I separated out the wire ends and twisted them into roots.

I wrapped them around a stone.

The roots were attached to the bottom of the stone with hot glue.

I used a small bit of glue to put some Yorkshire Dales Gilding Flakes inside the bottom of the glass.  I then used Pinflair Glue gel to attach the stone to the bottom of the glass, leaving it set before doing any other work on the creation.

I then set about making a “lid” for the glass.  The purpous of the lid was to hold a battery operated tealight upside down so that the light would shine onto the top of the tree.

I worked in ScanNCut Canvas to create the pieces needed.  A circle just the same size as the glass top and a circle just a fraction larger than the outside of the rim of the glass top.  Then strips of cardstock long enough to go round each circle, around 2.75cm deep, with a score line some 1cm from the side and snipped into the score line.

Once cut out, I used the side of a table to start a curve in the paper strip to make it easier to put around the circle.  I folded over the snipped pieces and stuck them around the circle using another Pinflair glue.  This was done for both sizes of circles.  Once done I checked that the smaller size just fit over the top of the glass and then put a hole in the center for the bulb of the tealight to go through. I then put the second “cap on over the top”.

I decided it didn’t look right with a white lid so painted the two caps with copper paint and left them to dry before re-constructing.

I also made a perspex box to present it in.

Now my nephew wants to know how much such an item should be sold for – any ideas crafters?

(Tealight – approx. 43p; Wire – approx. 42p; Cardstock – approx. 30p; Beads – approx. 2p; Glue and Tape – approx. 10p; Glass – pennies! Acetate – approx. 35p)

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Welsh Symapthy Card

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Nov 122018
 

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Welsh Sympathy Card

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A couple of days ago I posted the first in a series of posts about 3D printing. You can see it – here.

Today’s post is a bit of very clean “mixed media” LOL – made of cardstock and PLA+ filament.

I went online to a site called Thingiverse and downloaded the file for a Celtic Cross by lorenmcconnell.

This was then sliced in Ultimaker Cura and printed using nephew’s current 3D printer – a Creality Ender 3 Pro (more on 3D printing and how he got this in a future post) – using white PLA+ filament.

I was very impressed with the detail achieved an such a thin item.

I then used a Tattered Lace corner die to cut into the corners of a sheet of white, linen textured, cardstock that had been cut to slightly less than A5 in size.  I also cut some layers using other Tattered Lace dies – Tattered Lace Strung Lace Diamond Die and an oval die.  All out of the linen textured cardstock.  I even made the base card from the same cardstock.

I used some foam tape to attach some of the layers and wet clue to attach others.

I finished off by adding a peel off greeting “Gair o Gysur”.

This is what my card looked like after it was finished.

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My nephew and I have more posts planned on his ventures into 3D printing, including the construction of the 3D printer used for the cross element on this card, so please keep an eye out for those.

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3D Printing 1

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Nov 102018
 

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3D Printing

For Your Information – This is a long post but it does contain pictures if you want to jump a bit.

When I showed you my second woven basket – here – where I’d topped the canes with 3D printed items that were designed to be fridge magnets, I said that I’d used my nephew’s 3D printer and that he wanted me to write a few posts, with his help, about 3D printing.

So here we are with the start of my nephew, WMGs, 3D printing experiences.

My nephew learns a lot about such things on the Internet and decided he wanted a 3D printer.  He spent time looking at posibilities that were in his budget.

One afternoon, after spending some time on my computer going through his wish list and prices with his father, he came to me and asked me if I would order what he wanted from Amazon (I have Amazon Prime so it would be free delivery. Also Mam and I are at home the vast majority of the time, whereas neither of his parents can be guaranteed to be at home to take delivery). He had money in his money boxes and bank account to give me cash to cover the cost.

I couldn’t refuse, so the order was placed straight away for one Monoprice Select Mini 3D Printer v2 and one reel of white PLA+ fillament.

Now when he researched this printer originally there was a far higher percentage of 5 star reviews, but you will notice that only around 50% of the reviews are 5 star now.  That is because when it prints it is a great little machine with good quality prints, but when it breaks down (and I would always expect a small proportion of any machinery to break down during the first year) the support from Monoprice is non-existant. I am telling you this now in case you are tempted – although this was nephew’s first 3D printer, and what he printed from it were very good, it isn’t the printer he has now which I used to print the tops of the basket canes, so hold fire for further posts if you are thinking of getting a 3D printer.

The printer arrived quickly, as expected, and as soon as WMG came over after it had been delivered he got it out of the box, set up (had I mentioned that he also wanted to keep it here in our study rather than takeing it home with him because he reconed we had more space and he would be able to set it printing when he comes here to do his homework after school each day?), and his first print set to go.

His first print was a cat. The prepared file for this was on the microSD card that came with the printer.  Unfortunately there was no instruction manual, not even a setup guide, in the box, but my nephew had watched so many YouTube videos about it that he know exactly how to work it.

The printer also came with a sample, small, roll of fillament, which is what used for the first print.  A white cat that WMG painted on a pink nose and collar before he gave it to his grandmother.

We were all impressed with how this looked.

He then printed it again with the fillament we had bought.  And that printed out well also.

Now came the issue of what he could print out next.  The microSD card came with a “slicing” software called Ultimaker Cura on it. (Software that prepares a 3D item file in a format that tells the 3D printer what to lay down for each layer to build up the item). So I installed the latest version of this software on my computer.

But we needed items to put into the software. And WMG knew exactly where to go to find items. A site called Thingiverse.

This site has a wide variety of “things” designed and uploaded by a lot of different people. With a whole lot of free to download things, which come with a variety of different licences for use – some you can use how you like including selling, while some are only for personal use, so each one needs to be checked individually – my nephew is so excited to try out new things.

So, off my nephew went, downloading what he wanted to try printing.

Here are a few of the things he printed first.

I also found a site called Pinshape where I searched for some thing such as novelty fridge magnets.

This is him with his printer watching a horse print out for his mother’s birthday.

And a look at those plus some more of the things with WMG.

(I have to appologise to the creators of some of these items as, with so many similar things on the site, and my nephew not having kept a note of the link to the direct page of the thing, some of what he made isn’t credited, but the things he made that are on show in these photos are – Flipflop fridge magnet; Planetary gearbox, Number fridge magnets,Whistle, Cranc casing for radial crank engine, Straw Cup, Horse – if you know the website address of any of the items on show here please leave a message with the info so I can update this post. More info is now being kept on name and maker of each item he downloads so everything he downloads from now on, and then 3D prints should have a direct link to the source.)

(Cube, Sphere, train and space shuttle – were found in the Windows 3D section files on our computer so believe they came with the PC.)

And this is what he printed for me for my birthday.

(Printable Rose Flower – by Jerrill)

Unfortunately things started going wrong with the printer! Firstly the on/off switch stuck in the on position and the machine could not be turned off except by switching off at the mains. As we could get it off that way we kept on useing it until a further problem prevented printing completely as a blockage prevented the fillament feeding through to the hot print head.  As there were no tools, or trouble shooting info, in the box when it was delivered, we contacted Monoprice via a contact E-mail address on their website.  No helpful information was forthcoming and I was told to contact Amazon to sort out a return.

Amazon were fantastic. A return was organised quickly and a new printer was soon on the way out to us.

Please come back to my blog in the future to find out what happened with the replacement printer.

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November’s Calendar Page

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Nov 082018
 

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November Calendar Page

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If you’ve not a regular visitor to my blog you may not know about the blank calendar from Papermill Direct that I gave to my mother as a gift right at the begining of the year – which I’m decorating for her month by month.

I’m trying to use a variety of papercrafting styles, with a little but not a lot of dimension (because too much dimension would mean it would push the calendar out when flipped over the next month). You can catch up with my previous calendar pages by visiting my posts about them if you want. I’ve not blogged the early months of the year, but you can see the post for April – here, for May – here, for June  – here, for July – here, for August – here, for September – here, and for October – here.

Some months I ask my mother what she would like on her calendar for that month and she tells me ehat she wants – like last month she wanted my nephews in their school uniform.  This month, however, she told me to surprise her with whatever I wanted.

I’d just received the Pollyanna Pickering “Best of Breeds” volume 2 CD-ROM and immediatelly thought the Border Collie would suit.  I printed out a whole page of the “sketchbook” type image.

This is a large proportion of the image I chose.

I decided I wanted to frame the image in some way, but decided against using further items from the CD-ROM. Instead I reached for my Tattered Lace Brambles die and matching digital artwork (From the Bohemian Garden collection – though I only bought the bramble flowers and fruit dies)

I printed out a background onto good quality paper and the image for the die onto 250gsm cardstock.

I then cut out two of the images.

I used lots of fingerlift tape to attach the image to the background and Pinflair Glue Gel to attach the bramble layers in two opposite corners.

I put lots of fingerlift tape onto the back and attached it to the calendar.

This is what the blackberries look like when layered up a bit – I didn’t use all the little bits.

The image when it was all stuck together looks like this.

And this is the whole calender, as displayed with a file for appointment, prescription, etc., paperwork beneath.

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So, that’s the November page done.  I’ll be back early next month with the December page so time to get my thinking cap on.

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Another Scarf

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Nov 042018
 

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Another Scarf

When I made the crochet blankets for the bunk beds in the spare room (you can read about makeing the blankets – here) I had bought an extra ball of the yarn just in case I’d miscalculated and needed a bit more for the project.

The yarn I used was Caron Cakes yarn in a colour called Funfetti.

As I didn’t need the spare ball of yarn for the 2 single bed sized blankets I put it to one side over the summer.  But as soon as it started getting darker and colder at night, and I couldn’t go out into the garden to sit and watch my fish late into the evening, I picked my crochet hook back up and started crocheting a scarf with the yarn.

I usually make scarves by chaining a small number of stitches, about 20 depending on yarn weight and crochet hook being used, and then crochet treble stitches into each chain and then carying on with dozens of rows of treble stitches until the scarf is long enough.

But this time I decided to work in the other direction – by chaining around 190 stitches, and making these the length of my row, so only 20 or so of the very long rows were needed to make the scarf.  I decided to work lengthways, rather than widthways, like this because I liked the effect of the colour changes how they appeared in the blankets, and I thought that doing short rows would make for more of colour blocks along the scarf rather than each colour carying on along the length of the scarf in narrow bands.

I’m not saying that I’d make all scarves using this type of yarn this way, but I do like how it’s turned out.

This is a section of the scarf along it’s width.

And this is a picture of the whole scarf haning over a table edge.

It weighs a fraction less than the 200g ball as there wash’t quite enough left for a whole row at the end, but I think it is wide enough as it is.

What do you think?  Please do leave a comment and let me know.

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Nov 022018
 

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A Basket And Some Fridge Magnets

I showed you the first basket I wove with sock yarn in my post – here.

I’d bought two pre drilled, round, basket bases at the same time, together with enough sticks to glue in the holes to make a second basket framework. I wanted to make the 2nd one a bit different looking, but still wanted to use up more of the balls of sock yarn I’d started using for the first basket.

I still wanted to work with four yarns at the same time, so this time I took the two balls of brighter yarn and pulled the yarn from the center and the outside of each to begin weaving them together as a cluster together.

This is what the part with 4 threads of the brighter yarn woven together onto the framework.

Once I came to the end of the two brighter balls of yarn I took the grey balls of yarn and took the end from the outside and the end from the inside of each ball, to give me four ends to tie in and finish weaving to the top of the canes.

This is a closeup of the grey part.

I stopped weaving just a little before the top to allow me to work on the fineals.

I decided this time to do something different for the tops of the canes.

One of my young nephews saved up to buy himself a 3D printer. (More about that in future posts as he wants me to blog about that, with his input, once we get the photos we’ve both taken collected together.) One of the things he’s downloaded and printed out for me are a variety of fridge magnets, and amongst those are different cone type ones with a ball shape on top (Thingiverse Cone Fridge Magnetsby Carsten4P). I reconned that these would make great tops to my basket canes and they come pre designed with a hole in the base to glue in a magnet – which I thought would make them perfect for sticking onto the canes.

I first printed out one of each type in white (that just happened to be the colour of the fillament he had in at the time) and showed them to my mother, together with the basket, for her input on which one I should use.

She liked the one with the straight sides before the taper best. But the cones were slightly too big I thought.

So we printed out a batch of them, at 90% size, this time in black fillament to go with the project.

Once removed off the “raft” I heated up my glue gun.

I half filled the recess in each cone with hot glue and put it on top of a cane, holding it until the glue had cooled and set, which didn’t take long for each one.

Once I’d gone all the way round with the cones I finished weaving the yarn to the top.

To hold the top yarn in place, to stop the small risk of a yarn jumping over the stopper cones, I gently pulled the top yarns down and put a blob of hot glue on the cane.

And then I lifted the yarn back into place so that it stuck firmly to the cane.

And this is what the basket looks like when complete.

Now of course I wasn’t going to let my two test ones in white go to waste, so while my glue gun was still hot I put a blob in each and pushed in a magnet.

And up they went on the fridge.

The pen holder magnet and the two flip-flop ones were previously printed out by my nephew, but as I said in the begining of this post, I’ll be doing a post or two with my nephew about his 3D printing in the future.

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So that’s another creation ready for Christmas.  I’ve now got to collect together a few goodies to put in it.

 

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Another Boxed Tree

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Oct 312018
 

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Another Boxed Tree

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In my blog post a few days ago – here – I showed you a wire work tree in a display box I’d created.  I also said that when my mother saw my first one she immediately asked if she could buy it from me, and asked me to make her a second.

I made the tree and display box the same way as previously, the only difference being that I used Amazonite semi precious bead chips instead of Ruby Zoisite ones. And not all the cardstock were exactly the same colours as used for the first one.

I won’t go through all the steps to create it again, just tell you to have a look at my previous post if you want more info.

I don’t think I’ve quite captured the colous correctly in the following photos.  The light wasn’t the same as previously I don’t thknk. But the following photos show you the finished item.

Looking onto the display box before putting on the lid.

Side view.

Front view.

Other side view.

Looking from the top with lights on. You can just see the lights shining to see their spacing.

Front with lights on.

 

 

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Oct 292018
 

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Dreamcatchers

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I showed you the first Dream Catcher style wall hanging I made a week or so ago.  You can see it – here.

Sticking to the same white cotton yarn, together with different sized metal hoops from the same packs, I then made a few more.

I did give you a sneaky peak of these before – here, but I’ve now finished making them.

Each is slightly different, and I also added clear and white seed beads and faux pearls as well to one, keeping to the white look.

Here are what I’ve made.

For this one I used one of the largest rings from the pack.  I started this time by wrapping the cotton yarn all the way around the ring. Where I finished and started I tied it off and created a loop for hanging. I then proceeded to wrap the yarn from side to side sround the covered hoop, but wrapping each time off center so that I was left with a clear area in the middle.

I then proceded to work my way around the hoop, knotting the yarn as I did so, and stepping in a bit for each row, until the whole thing had an interesting pattern on it.

I then made dome tassles by wrapping the white cotton yarn atound my hand and tieing off before cutting and removing.  This time I cut the tastles straight across the bottom, rather than at an angle as I did for the previous one.  These were hung from the bottom of the hoop.

I then took some white cotten thread and proceeded to sew on some clear, silver lined, seed beads around the central hole and in a circle a bit further in.

I tied a knot at the bottom of each end of the yarn that was holding the tassles in place and used the thread to sew a couple of white faux pearls and some seed beads to each knot.  I finished by opening out the ends of the yarn.

And this is what it looks like when finished.

For the next one I took two rings from the pack of rings. I put them together so that they were touching at one point and started to wrap the same cotton yarn as I had used previously around both.

I did this for about an inch and a half until the gap between them got a bit much before continuing to wrap the yarn all the way around the largest ring.  When I got back to where I had started I wrapped a few more times over both rings before going all the way around the second ring.

I then built up a pattern by weaving between both wrapped rings

and then knotting a bit until I had a hanging that looked a bit like a new moon.

Rather than make tastles for this hanging I decided that it would be a moon and stars hanging. So I took 5 pre cut and drilled, wooden star shapes and painted them with white acrylic paint.  Before the paint was dry I sprinkled on some Nuvo Sparkle Dust – Snow Glow.

I did the same on the other side.

To attach the stars to the bottom of the moon I used some fine, white, tigertail, beading wire held in place with crimp beads.

I think this picture shows the glitter on the stars better.

And here is the finished creation.

I have one more of this type of creation on the go, and might even make some more. Keep an eye out for future posts about them.

Some are earmarked as gifts for specific people, but if I make more I may have some to sell. Any idea what I should charge if I do decide to sell some?

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Oct 272018
 

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Wire Work Trees

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Having showed you two slightly different Tree Of Life style wall hangings previously – here and here – this time I have another one that is similar, but smaller, and possibly more suitable for hanging in a window as a sun catcher.

I used another hoop from the packs of metal rings I’d bought, this time one of around 3″ inner diameter. I used silver coloured 28 guage wire and clear, silver lined, seed beads. I also used some thicker silver coloured beading wire from the same pack as previous trees.

As with my previous Tree of Life style wall hangings, I cut lengths of the thin wire.  These were put in a bundle together and twisted together to form the trunk of the tree. I then twisted smaller number of threads together to form roots which were then wrapped around the bottom of the ring, separating the twisted clusters out a bit.

For the branches I twisted small numbers of wire threads together, shapeing them, and then splitting out each wire thread.  I then started adding the seed beads one at a time, twisting the wire around some of the beads to keep them in place, before twisting each wire end individually around the metal ring.

The piece was finished off by winding around the whole ring using the thicker wire, including makeing a loop.

I also made a small box from 300gsm mottled cardstock to present it in.

I’m going to add some tissue paper for it to lie in.

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For the standing tree, in a display case, I took a real of 0.5mm coloured copper wire and cut it into lots of lengths of about 15″.  As I was putting together the tree I realised that I hadn’t cut enough so had to go back and cut some more. I’m afraid that I have no idea how many I cut, I just went for fow many I thought looked right in the end.

I then took a string of Ruby Zoisite semi precious stone chips and threaded one onto the centre of each length of wire and twisted about an inch so that the stones were held in place.

The next step was to take a couple of the twisted wires and twist them together. Then adding another twisted wire, and making a good handful of “branches” with two or three stones on them.

It was then a case of twisting two of the branches together until I had several of those, and finishing off by twisting the larger branches together to make the tree “trunk”.

Which left me with lots of dangling single wires coming out the bottom which I separated out onto small clusters and twisted to make the “roots”. These I wrapped around a stone.

For the display case I took an A3 sheet of construction weight Acetate and cut out three panels, for two sides and the front.

I took several sheets of A4 cardstock from my stash, which included a sheet of pale blue, mottled looking cardstock, and several sheets of Adorable Scorable in a variety of colours.

I chose a dark breen card for making the inside of the base, into which I cut a small hole so the stone with roots would be dropped to give to more stability.  A very pale green was chosen for the outside base.  The mottled light blue was cut as a background to the back of the display box and a sheet of white Adorable Scorable was cut the same size to form the outside of the back. A very pale blue Adorable Scorable was used to make the top and the two corner posts.

After cutting out and scoring the pieces where necesary I used the red lined, ultra tacky, double sided tape to secure the corners of the inside and outside base, as well as the top.  The inside base was dropped into the outside base. The same tape was used to secure the tabs on the side acetate panels to the back panels, sandwiching the acetate tabs between the inside and outside back panels.

The next step was to attach the corner pieces to the front edge of both side panels before putting tape on the other side of both panels and attaching the front acetate to one.

I then heated up my hot glue gun, used wire cutters to chop off some of the wire ends so that there was only about 1 cm of each “root” wrapped under to the bottom of the stone rather than the mess of wire.

I then hot glued the roots underneath the stone, put extra glue underneath, and dropped the stone into the hole in the inside base so that it stuck to the inside of the outside base. This gives the tree extra stability. (If the tree isn’t going to be placed in a display box then extra glue can still be put on the bottom of the stone to level out the humps and bumps of the stone and wrapped around wire. Put it either on a piece of card it can be left on, or put it on a silicone, or similar, mat that can be pealed off.)

I then eased the sides of the display box into place and, after checking that everything was fitting right I peeled off the final piece of red liner backing and stuck the last corner in place.

I held the outside base sides slightly away from the acetate to drizzle some hot glue in before pushing the sides back in until secure.

I then used glue dots to attach a string of lights inside the lid, keeping them a little inside the outer edge so they wouldn’t be in the way when the lid was put on, and keeping the on/off switch/battery pack outside with a bit of wiring.

I also put a nick in the top corner of the back where the wireing was going in under the lid.

Then it was simply a case of poping the lid on and using some more sticky dots to hold the battery pack switch to the back out of sight.

Then a final look around my creation

… before turning on the lights.

The actual lights are not visible unless you go down a bit and look up.

As soon as she saw this one my mother asked whether I was going to sell it, and if so, would I make another one as she wanted to give them as gifts to two people.

So I’m working on a second one now.

I’d like to ask you all what do you think I should be charging for this. Obviously Mam will be getting Mates and Family Rates, but if I make more, what will be a fair price to charge. (Display box is 6″ top to bottom and 6.5″ across the front)

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