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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Another Boxed Tree

 Posted by at 08:00 am
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 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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Lots Of Projects On The Go

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Oct 122018
 

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Sneaky Peak Of Projects I’m Working On

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Hi Crafty Friends and other blog visitors.

Over on my Facebook profile wall I posted a few days ago that, “I have been doing bits of lots of different crafting lately, but most are unfinished or not yet given to the person who is to receive them, so you’ll have to wait a bit to see blog posts about my latest creations“.

Most are still unfinished, and those that are finished still haven’t been passed on to the recipient, so I decided to do a little post today to give you a sneaky peak of what I’ve got on the go.

Rather than drag consumables and half made projects from one room in the house to another, I have different things on the go in different areas of the house.

In bed, while watching TV of an evening, I’ve been crocheting bright scarves.  Still got to finish the crocheting and then tidying in the ends on those.

I think the best descriptionn is – Bright with fluffy bits!

Then, in the sitting room while supervising one nephew doing homework I’ve been working on some tassles from white cotton yarn.

Which I still need some more of to decorate some Dreamcatcher style wall hangings I’ve been working on.

I have a few different formats I’ve started on, in slightly different styles but every one all in white – they still need to be finished off.

I want to add some seed beads and faux pearls to one, perhaps more of these, and add more tassles.

Then, while sat chatting to my mother for a bit each day, I’ve been doing a bit of “basket weaving” using sock yarn to weave around the framework.

I need to finish this and add some paper beads to the top of each cane to prevent accidents.

Then there’s one quilling project that I’ve finished and another I’m working on.

Some wire work with semi-precious stones.

And some decoupage on cards.

There’s still the “Big” work in progress project of creating two single bed quilts for the spare room as well.

So that gives you an idea of what I’ve been up to, and why I’ve not been posting many finished objects lately.

Hope you come back and keep an eye out for the posts that are to come to show what these items look like when completed.

Have fun crafting.

 

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