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So I finally did it; I finished my first (and probably only ever) solid 18k gold moon tree pendant!



I hope that the gold market falls drastically (and soon) because a) it will mean that our economy is doing well, and b) I will get to play with more yummy buttery 18k gold wire! There's really no other wire that feels like it. I've had this wire sitting around for a couple of years, feeling scared of it and looking for just the right stone/s to use with it. Then, on 7/7, this rainbow moonstone called out to me. Do you see the little 7 in the stone? I like the number 7.

Here is my favorite moon tree of all, though:



I wrapped it during the lunar eclipse of June 2010, and had the moonstone cut especially for this tree. It was a magical experience.

Most of my moon trees are crafted during special times, such as full moons and lunar eclipses. This one was crafted during a lunar eclipse which occurred during a full moon in 2009 (it is blue for the obvious reason, and has not been repeated):



I started making moon trees in 2008, and am still not tired of them. It looks really complex and cool, but it is actually quite easy. I get a lot of email from people who want to know how to add a moon to their tree of life pendants, and they are always astonished how easy it is! The secret is that it is not a cabochon, but a flat round bead. All you do is:

1) Make your tree of life pendant as you normally would from a tutorial (google for free tree of life tutorials, and there are also a couple of demos on YouTube) or your own imagination,
2) Place the flat round bead where you would like your moon to be,
3) Run a wire through the flat round bead, and connect each end of the wire to opposite side of your pendant's frame (artistically weave the wire through the tree so that it is hidden as much as possible - this pattern varies according to the size of your tree and your bead)
4) Wrap each wire end around the frame 3 times or more (depending on your design), and
5) Finish your tree pendant as usual.

Enjoy!

Comments

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cosmic_reverie
Jul. 11th, 2012 07:28 pm (UTC)
Beautiful! I've just joined this community and I'm really enjoying your posts. I haven't worked much with wire but now I may have to learn.
ethora
Jul. 11th, 2012 07:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I used to post a lot to this community up to a few years ago...and then I got too busy to even look at LJ. This place is about sharing the love, and nothing else, and I've missed it. It feels good to be back. :)
lemonlies
Jul. 11th, 2012 08:28 pm (UTC)
The June 2010 pendant is amazing. Simply stunning. I'm absolutely in love with in.
ethora
Jul. 11th, 2012 09:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I was glad to get a good picture of this tree before it went bye bye. Sometimes I wish I still had it. It's so hard to find good quality moonstone, which is why I had to have some made for me. Still, that one was special even among all the amazing stones I was lucky enough to get my wire twisting little hands on.
zombiefruit
Jul. 11th, 2012 09:04 pm (UTC)
My husband is finicky about the moon (he's Pagan), and he's finicky about jewellery, and he's finicky about crafts.

So take it from me that it's a HUGE compliment that I showed him your trees and he was COMPLETELY charmed.

We're buying one for his mum for Christmas. SO THERE.

(Please don't stop making them, ever!)
ethora
Jul. 11th, 2012 09:50 pm (UTC)
What a HUGE compliment, thank you (and him) so much! :)
irynan
Jul. 11th, 2012 10:09 pm (UTC)
Lovely tree-)
ethora
Jul. 11th, 2012 11:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much. :)
nightchild01
Jul. 12th, 2012 06:58 am (UTC)
Beautiful!
ethora
Jul. 13th, 2012 04:50 am (UTC)
Thank you...as are your birdies. They look familiar...I think I remember you from the budgerigar group.
nightchild01
Jul. 13th, 2012 09:07 am (UTC)
You're welcome. I am member on the budgie group (am I still? It's so quiet over there that it's almost like I'm not). And thank you for the complement on the birdies. I've currently got a damp conure on my laptop.
ethora
Jul. 15th, 2012 04:00 am (UTC)
Yeah, I now realize we are LJ friends. Its just been so long since I've read my friends list! I used to post a lot about Sunshine The Bird...and then Winston the One Winged Budgie in the budgie group. Sadly, Winston dies earlier this year. He inhaled a seed hull, and there was nothing that could be done. :(

Conures are wonderful, especially when damp on a warm day. :)
nightchild01
Jul. 15th, 2012 09:31 am (UTC)
I remember your birdies! I'm so sorry that Winston died. Poor little guy. :(

Conures are really adorable, but less so when they're cranky from taking a bath that they took of their own free will.
skywookiee
Jul. 12th, 2012 03:29 pm (UTC)
So, the stones do have a hole... I think these are my favourites. Moonstones are so pretty!
ethora
Jul. 13th, 2012 05:06 am (UTC)
Thank you. :)

Yeah, moonstones (and pretty much all feldspar) is my favorite too. Earth is the best artist, hands down.
Charlotte Bearne
Aug. 3rd, 2012 11:17 am (UTC)
Moon Trees
THANK YOU! I've seen your work on Moon trees and tree of life on youtube and loved every piece. You inspired me to make my own moon tree pendant and i'm glad you put the instructions up because i would just sit infront of the image and just thing "how do they do it?". I did think that it was to do with putting the wire through and wrapping it but its the fact you hide it soooo well. Just keep up the good work<3
Mary Caminante del Cielo
Nov. 12th, 2017 11:27 am (UTC)
arbol de la vida
no encuentro el enlace para el tutorial, me lo puede facilitar ? gracias
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