How to make a crystal bead wire tree sculpture.
To make this wire crystal tree sculpture I went through the process of visualising the tree before even starting the assembly. In the post I will briefly go though the process of how it was made, but first the stats of the tree.
- Height- 260mm/ 10″ tall
- Wire- Silver coated copper wire, 0.315mm diameter. Approximately 190 meters of wire used.
- Lilac Beads- 700 beads, 8mm diameter.
- Base- Real driftwood
Step 1- Get together the beads and wire. I use around 70cm for each strand and 3 beads per strand. Measure out the wire before you start and place the beads in a bowl so they don’t get lost everywhere!
Step 2- Thread the beads on to the wire making a leaf type pattern. There are a wide range of patterns you can choose, this tree was made with beads in batches of 3 and then three branches added together to make a cluster of three, so 27 beads in each cluster.
Step 3- Once you have your clusters it’s time to make some bigger branches, this is done by taking clusters and adding them together again. As you can see in batches of 3 again.
Step 4- Once you have made all your branches, you should have around 15 to 20 branches depending on how you decided on the tree design, these then need to be twisted together again and to slowly form the tree shape. Take some time looking at pictures of trees and their branching structures on the internet or in books to know how they branches out. Once you have it assembled I like to squeeze all the branches together like in the picture below to make the next step easier
Step 5- Twisting the roots is a time consuming process and is hard to explain. Basically you are taking all the wires from the bottom of the tree and dividing them into batches. I tend to shoot for around 8 initial batches and then sub divide them down in half over and over again until I get to the thinness of root I desire. There are other ways to making roots that look more natural, again research on how roots spread will assist in getting the right look. Roots are rarely straight so now in the time to make them more informal.
Step 6- Once you have your roots made you can then go ahead and start fanning out your branches to compose the tree. I initially just spread them out and try to get the tree balanced compositionally.
Step 7- Mount your tree onto the base you have chosen, the tree I made here is glued to the base for stability.
Step 8- Now I do a final styling on the tree, this means tweaking the branches so they are not straight, adding any informal look I want to the trunk, adjusting the leaf clusters so they look natural and make sure the tree looks it’s best.
The final tree in all it’s glory! It turned out exactly how I expected and am very happy with the result.
So there you have it, this is the process of how I make a wire bead tree sculpture. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to ask.
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