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Fun with swirls!
Tree of life pendant is one my fav and always wanted to make one. As I'm really into swirls these days, so I couldn't resist and had to make a swirly tree of life pendant. If you're new in making swirls with wire this might seem a bit tricky at first but once you get handy with swirls it'll seem easy ^_^

I hope the tutorial is helpful :)

Posted by Muhaiminah Faiz from Sylhet, Sylhet Division, Bangladesh • Published See Muhaiminah Faiz's 192 projects »
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  • How to make a wire wrapped pendant. Swirly Tree Of Life Pendant - Step 1
    Step 1

    Hold the 18 gauge wire from one end without cutting it from the bundle,
    make a loop on that end,
    Make sure that the loop is big enough to get a chain through it.

  • How to make a wire wrapped pendant. Swirly Tree Of Life Pendant - Step 2
    Step 2

    Leaving the loop, wrap the wire tightly around any round object of at least 1.5 cm radius,
    Wrap the wire twice around the round object,
    After wrapping it twice leave 2 cm extra and cut off the wire from the bundle.

  • How to make a wire wrapped pendant. Swirly Tree Of Life Pendant - Step 3
    Step 3

    Bend the loop into 90 degrees and coil the extra 2 cm wire below the loop as shown in the picture.

  • How to make a wire wrapped pendant. Swirly Tree Of Life Pendant - Step 4
    Step 4

    The base circle I made was of 2 cm radius, so I made a little guess and took 6 pieces of 22 gauge wire, each of them being 18 cm long.

  • How to make a wire wrapped pendant. Swirly Tree Of Life Pendant - Step 5
    Step 5

    Hold all the 6 pieces of 22 gauge wire together,
    Leave 4 cm of the wires straight and then twist 2 cm of the wires together as shown in the picture.
    The twisted part would be the trunk of the tree.
    Stop twisting the wire when the trunk reaches its required length.

  • How to make a wire wrapped pendant. Swirly Tree Of Life Pendant - Step 6
    Step 6

    Place the twisted wires on the base circle, keeping the 4 cm straight part of the wires outside the base circle.
    I created the root system of the tree using these extra 4 cm.
    Carefully coil 1-1.5 cm of the extra wires around the base circle to make the root system.

  • How to make a wire wrapped pendant. Swirly Tree Of Life Pendant - Step 7
    Step 7

    Use the rest of the wires to make swirly patterns.
    Use the flat nose plier to flatten the swirls with the base circle.

    Swirly root system complete!

  • How to make a wire wrapped pendant. Swirly Tree Of Life Pendant - Step 8
    Step 8

    Time to make the swirly tree branches.
    Start from one side.
    Hold a wire from any one side, use the looping plier to make a small loop on that wire, near the trunk.
    Circle the wire 2 times around that loop to make a swirly pattern.

  • How to make a wire wrapped pendant. Swirly Tree Of Life Pendant - Step 9
    Step 9

    Make another loop near the swirl, by winding the wire to the opposite direction of the previous one.
    Again, circle the wire 2 times around the loop to create another swirl.

  • How to make a wire wrapped pendant. Swirly Tree Of Life Pendant - Step 10
    Step 10

    Try to make 2-3 swirls on each branch.
    Keep doing the same until you've created swirls on all 6 branches (wires).

  • How to make a wire wrapped pendant. Swirly Tree Of Life Pendant - Step 11
    Step 11

    While making swirls on the branches don't forget to keep 4 cm extra on the wire otherwise you won't be able to complete the edge.
    After completing the swirly branches coil 1-1.5 cm of the remaining wire around the base circle,
    Use the rest of the wire to make swirly pattern and bend or rotate the swirl to flatten it with the rest of the swirly branches.

  • How to make a wire wrapped pendant. Swirly Tree Of Life Pendant - Step 12
    Step 12

    After coiling the edge simply attach the pendant with a chain or string through the loop on the base circle.

    Enjoy!

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