I’ve seen people making these tree of life pendants for a few years now, and never really got the appeal. I guess it’s because I can’t see the pictures, but I saw a pretty descriptive tutorial about one a while back, had all the materials for it, and decided to give it a go. I wound up with this:
Seeing one in person, I get it a bit more: I know this one isn’t perfect, but I really like the way the trunk and leaves turn out. That nice, thickness to the roots looks really pretty, and I think adding some wrinkles at the base of them so it looks more natural looks really nice. Since I was working with what I had on hand, I didn’t really have properly shaped beads for it (I really think some leaf shaped chips, or maybe little flowers would look nice) but my 4 MM turquoise had to do. Since my branches weren’t even, I just decided to do some filigree leaves on 2 of the branches since I couldn’t fit a bead on them lolol.
So yeah, I’m glad I did one just to see how it looks. I get why people like them, it just isn’t’ my style and I don’t see myself really making any more of them in the future. I like all the techniques used for making them, though, and might use them in other designs. I just much prefer that medieval, Victorian style that’s more fantasy themed. I will say, though: I really love how the branches look when they’re finished!