Beads and Butterflies

Alison's Crafty Adventures

Tree of Life necklace November 9, 2011

Filed under: Beading — Alison @ 8:59 pm
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The Tree of Life is a concept that’s been featured in myth, folklore and religion literally all around the world. Since ancient times, people have used variations on the theme. Connecting all things – the realms of the spirit, the physical, the divine and the mundane – the roots of the tree and the branches touch all things and bring them together in harmony.


In the 13th to 6th century BC, the tree of life decorated fortresses and the armor of ancient Armenians which is not surprising since it symbolized immortality. The tree of life is also in the Bible’s Book of Genesis and was a part of the old Norse religion. More modern uses of the symbol include the tree of life in science (phylogenetic tree) which is used to depict evolutionary lines and the anatomical term arbor vitae (Latin for tree of life) for the branching tree-like appearance of the brain’s cerebellum.


I used this tutorial for my necklace, which has very detailed step by step instructions and pictures, but there are lots of other pictures out there as well.


Tree of Life necklace


Birds nest necklaces October 6, 2011

Filed under: Beading — Alison @ 2:37 pm
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This is one of the crafts I’ve seen on Pinterest and actually made (as opposed to the many more crafts I’ve pinned and not yet made!). The tutorial I used is here, but the basic premise is to thread your beads onto the end of the wire, wrap the wire round the beads several times (it can be a bit tricky holding everything in place), then wrap the wire round the bits you’ve already wrapped and tuck in the ends. Then just add on a jump ring, or make a loop from the wire and thread your chain through that. I used a much thinner wire than in the tutorial (because it’s what I had) but I like how they came out. And the great thing about this craft is it doesn’t make if they end up looking a bit messy because they just look more realistic!


Blue birds nest necklace

Purple birds nest necklace