I finished a new custom tree of life pendant today. This one is on a carnelian cabochon. I'm pretty excited about how it turned out.
This one was a bit different than my others. It has the most wires/branches I think I've ever done, which was quite a challenge actually. There is only so much room on the frame to tie to ;) To make matters more difficult, I wanted no space between wraps, to define the canopy, while leaving..enough space between branches to be visually appealing, and not utter chaos.
Easier said than done.
And all those roots! Sheesh that was roots a plenty. Not sure why those were such a struggle, but they sure were. I just could NOT get them right! 3 or 4 tries/scraps later and we had winner winner chicken dinner.
The biggest difference with this piece was the woven bail. I didn't want the round, orange stone to end up looking like a pumpkin,, and I felt the regular bail I make on my trees just screamed pumpkin stem on this one. I also had to be careful not to swirl anything with this bail. Pumpkins have those swirly tendril things...don't they? Hmm...now I'm not as certain as when I was making it lol. Either way...NO PUMPKIN TREE!
I also wanted to make sure it could be worn on my customer's viking knit chain. I feel viking knit needs a bigger, more intricate bail.
Looks pretty cool on that bad boi chain,, yeah?
I've only done a woven bail on a cab tree once before, and truth be told...I didn't love it. Weaving on square wire is not like weaving on round wire, which is what I use when I weave. Square is more...cumbersome. Less flow, I guess. Darn corners and all. Anyhoo, the last piece looked alright, from the front, so I thought I'd give it another shot. But the back side of that piece... I don't know. I just didn't love it.. And the bail wires ran the full length of the stone. My customer likes to play with their stone so I didnt want to cover it so much this time. Plus, this stone is somewhat see thru, and I wanted as little showing thru as possible.
So I redesigned it and I think it came out just right for this piece.
All in all, I feel like its a perfect Samhain or October Hunter's moon piece. Which...wasn't actually what I meant to make but...*shrugs*... the tree is what the tree wants to be.
How do y'all like it? Iz good? I'd love to hear your thoughts. :)