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A different spin on your classic Tree of Life!
This project uses a teardrop shaped gemstone cabochon, which means a slightly different technique was used to make this pendant. The stone is quite small at 25mm, so this is a lovely dainty pendant!

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  • How to make a wire pendant. Teardrop Wire Wrapped Tree Of Life Pendant - Step 1
    Step 1

    Take 14cm  of 18ga wire, and make a teardrop-shape that is smaller than the cabochon. Then, use flat nose pliers to angle the tail ends off as per the photo.

  • How to make a wire pendant. Teardrop Wire Wrapped Tree Of Life Pendant - Step 2
    Step 2

    Using 26ga wire, make a weave (any weave will do, use your favourite!). Then, using round nose pliers make two small loops at the end of the 18ga wire.

  • How to make a wire pendant. Teardrop Wire Wrapped Tree Of Life Pendant - Step 3
    Step 3

    Take 8pcs of 20cm 26ga wire and fold each in half. Attach each piece of wire to the frame at the middle of the 26ga wire (at the bend) with two loops onto the 18ga wire.

  • How to make a wire pendant. Teardrop Wire Wrapped Tree Of Life Pendant - Step 4
    Step 4

    Optional: After attaching all 8pcs of wire, use flat nose pliers to kink the wires to make them look more like natural tree roots.

  • How to make a wire pendant. Teardrop Wire Wrapped Tree Of Life Pendant - Step 5
    Step 5

    Bring all the wires together, and twist as one to make the tree trunk. Use your stone as a guide to get the shape right.
    Roughly shape five branches by twisting multiple wires together.

  • How to make a wire pendant. Teardrop Wire Wrapped Tree Of Life Pendant - Step 6
    Step 6

    Using flat nose pliers, take the individual wires and kink them to look more natural.
    Put your stone in place to check the shape is working well.

  • How to make a wire pendant. Teardrop Wire Wrapped Tree Of Life Pendant - Step 7
    Step 7

    One by one, take each individual wire at attach it to the back frame with two wraps.
    It is easiest if you do the top two first as this will help hold the stone in place.

  • How to make a wire pendant. Teardrop Wire Wrapped Tree Of Life Pendant - Step 8
    Step 8

    After attaching all the wires, trim using flush cutters then carefully tuck the cut ends under the frame wire.

  • How to make a wire pendant. Teardrop Wire Wrapped Tree Of Life Pendant - Step 9
    Step 9

    Using either just your fingers or a pair of bail making pliers, shape the bail over so that the two loops are flush against the back of the stone.

  • How to make a wire pendant. Teardrop Wire Wrapped Tree Of Life Pendant - Step 10
    Step 10

    That's it! You may wish to shape the tree a little more, or kink the wires some more using flat nose pliers. Try to push the tree and all its roots and branches as close to the stone as possible.

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