The process of creativity begins with a problem. That may sound silly, but, from that thought/problem comes the idea for a solution followed by the action of solving that problem. Candace Jedrowicz takes you through that process from mental seeds to physical tree with this fun and easy tutorial.
Watch Candace’s Wrapped Wire Beaded Tree YouTube video tutorial!
14 gauge wire – 10″ or more
22 gauge wire – a roll of it
Round nose pliers
Chain nose pliers
Frame – optional
Charms to hang on the tree – optional
1. Cut 2 pieces of 4′ 14 gauge wire and fold in half. Fold a bent wire 2″ from the bend and bend in the opposite direction on both sides of the bend.
2. Pinch the two folded parts and twist. These will be roots. Repeat with the other 4″ wire.
3. Cut a 2′ piece of the 14 gauge wire and bend one end, twisting to make a 5th root.
4. Holding the roots together, begin twisting the tree truck wires together. Add as many extra wires as desired to add bulk to your trunk.
5. Decide where the branches will open up and separate them.
6. Cut 20 or more 2″ pieces of 22 gauge wire and fold them in half. Twist each for added strength and thickness.
7. Begin wrapping the smaller wires around the trunk, working upward and around the branches until you have the look you want.
8. To add charms, curl the ends of the branches, slide the charm on and secure by completing the curl. I made charms from purple flower shaped beads with gold bells and leaf beads.
9. To add into a frame make sure the roots and branches have a flattened back side
10. Make sure there are plenty of contact points between the frame, backing and tree for the glue to create a good bond.