Twisting wire can easily be scaled up to make trees with little beads or even gemstone chips at the end for leaves. actually has two tutorials, each of which approaches the process literally from different directions.

The tree tutorial by Elizabita uses jewelry wire (shown above) makes use of 24G. wire. She makes her trees rather like the way I made my Swarovski flower bouquet jewelry from yesterday's post starting from the beaded ends of the branches and working down to the trunk and then separating the twisted wires again for the roots.

Poi_pai 's wire tree sculpture, the second Instructables tutorial gets you started at the trunk. You are then free to position and decorate the branches as you wish.  This instructor's example has a tiny origami crane on one of the branches. Like the first tutorial, you can use a rock as a base or make it free-standing. on Craftster posted this lovely bonsai wire tree with a dish base. The tutorial is picture-rich which is a bonus as I often come across tutorials or jewelry posts without any images!

Perfectly Twisted has a wonderful free gem tree tutorial that's fun and funky!

Twisted wire trees make lovely sculptures or even as jewelry displays. Consider making small ones for miniature railway enthusiasts. You can get brown coated copper wire and perhaps stick some paper leaves on. That would be so cool right on par with cousin Barbara's amazing beads and jewelry findings as dollhouse accessories.

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