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Twist a tree pendant

Twist a tree pendant
The ring at left is from Beading Dreams; the ring at right was made following step 1.

Remember those money trees they sold at trinket shops back in the day? I always loved them and wanted to incorporate the concept into jewelry. You can also interpret this pendant as the Tree of Life, an ancient symbol that has been used to represent everything from human origins to the connectedness of all life on earth. Choose colors in seasonal shades or play with the whole rainbow!


Necklace 16 in. (41 cm)

  • 150–175 2–3 mm crystal, gemstone, cubic zirconia, or faceted glass round beads or rondelles
  • 40–45 mm hammered ring, or 10 in. (25 cm) 16-gauge wire and cylindrical object
  • 7 ft. (2.1 m) 26-gauge wire
  • 16 in. (41 cm) chain, 2–5 mm links
  • 2–3 4–5 mm jump rings
  • lobster claw clasp and soldered jump ring
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • bench block or anvil (optional)
  • hammer (optional)

Silver hammered ring from Beading Dreams, Check your local bead store for supplies. 


Twist a tree pendant 1
To make a hammered ring: Cut a 10-in. (25 cm) piece of 16-gauge wire and wrap it around a cylindrical object. Make a right-angle bend with one end and wrap the other end around it several times. Trim the wrapping wire. With the remaining end, make a plain loop perpendicular to the ring. Place the ring on a bench block or anvil. Hammer both sides of the ring.
Twist a tree pendant 2
Cut 14 6-in. (15 cm) pieces of 26-gauge wire. Holding the wires in a bundle, begin twisting them together 1 1⁄2 in. (3.8 cm) from one end. Twist for 1⁄2 in. (1.3 cm). Splay the wire ends above and below the twist. Use roundnose pliers to form two kinks in the twist.
Twist a tree pendant 3
Place the bundle inside the ring with the short “root” wires at the bottom. Pinch together two adjacent root wires and twist them together loosely. Wrap both ends around the ring two or three times. Trim the excess wire and tuck the ends. Repeat with the remaining root wires. With the tip of your roundnose pliers, kink the root wires.
Twist a tree pendant 4
Pinch together two or three adjacent “branch” wires and twist them together two or three times. Separate the wires. On one wire, string enough 2–3 mm beads to reach the ring. Wrap the end around the ring, trim the excess wire, and tuck the end. Repeat with the remaining branch wires.
Twist a tree pendant 5
Cut a 16-in. (41 cm) piece of chain. If using a pre-made hammered ring, open a jump ring and attach the pendant and the center link of chain. Close the jump ring. If you made the ring, open the loop, attach the center link of chain, and close the loop.
Twist a tree pendant 6
On one end of the chain, use a jump ring to attach a lobster claw clasp. Repeat on the other end, substituting a soldered jump ring for the clasp.
Use larger beads for fuller branches. The autumnal tree has 2 mm round crystals, while the rainbow tree has 2 x 3 mm rondelles.
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