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Got done with another tree!! just in time for my first ever exhibit at the craft fair this weekend!! I'm so excited!! :iconveryexcitedplz:

So this tree is made out of this fabulous metal called brass.. which in turn does NOT want to bend and twist *bangs head on desk* Oh how I fought with this tree!! and the bright side I did drop it 2 times and you can't tell!! XD (never again brass)

the base is a music box with a metallic finish, which in itself was a night mare to paint...

I hope you like it, every comment & :+fav: is much appreciated. ;) Full view for best quality :D


For more of my Twisted Trees click this :pointr: [link]

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BlairsWireBonsai Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Awsome! How did the art fair go? I just submitted a application for my first one. I have no clue on how to price my work.
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Roses-to-Ashes Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
To be completely honest... it was horrible. lol But to be fair that was somewhat my own fault.. I booked a booth at a very small town event.. the whole thing was held in a gymnasium of a school.. lol I had the most expensive things there and everyone wanted cheap nick-knacks. I needed a bigger venue for my craft.
I priced my trees on how much time it took... more time consuming trees cost more...
Good luck with your event! Let me know how it went. Your trees are beautiful!
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BlairsWireBonsai Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Mine is the Jonquil Festival in Georgia. Gets about 15,000 people. Hope they accept my application.
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Roses-to-Ashes Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow!! a big one!! You should do wonderfully then. :) All the best of luck to you!
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Hawkheart29 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow! This reminds me of the gold, silver, and diamond forests in the fairytale The 12 Dancing Princesses. :heart:
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Roses-to-Ashes Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!! :)
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Hawkheart29 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome.
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weinrot93 Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're trees are very cool! They look much better than the one I made some time ago. :D
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Roses-to-Ashes Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! :heart:
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weinrot93 Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome! :)
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AuraKiss Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know that it is not helpful at the moment but perhaps for a future project it might help. During my day job I work with brass and nickle on a pretty regular basis. So if you want to work brass wire without tearing your arms and hands to crap you need to anneal the metal.

So basically you need to find a fire safe container and remove all plastics, paper and so forth off the brass wire. That means if it is on a plastic spool unwind it off the spool and wire it together in a loop. Put it in or on the fire safe stand (the best is fire brick which is used in welding) You get a hold of a torch- even a propane handheld torch will work as long as it can stay lit for at least 10 minutes. You need to heat up the metal until it just starts to turn red. Now the warning of this is because you are doing old style annealing the metal will no longer be bright and shiny. It will be black or browned. Do your thing! twist it, turn it, and make it work. Then after washing your hands several times it's time to shine it up! a bit of polishing rouge and it makes it faster to have a polishing bit for your drill or if you have a polishing wheel,

Okay really the best thing to do is research your metal- even if you have to research it online. You can find ways of tarnishing or aging metal, making it easier to work with how to weld in gems or other things.

Keep up the great work!
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Roses-to-Ashes Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for those tips.. Ive been wanting to make a tree that was tarnished/burned look to it and you told me how!! :) When I bought that brass wire.. well I was 99% sure I was buying yellow colored copper wire instead. lol boy was I surprised.. I have to say it was a good experience working with something other than copper or steel and it made me think different on how to bend it and make a tree.

Thank you for your tips!!
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AuraKiss Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Course if you age the brass after you get your sculpture done then spray it down with a clear gloss metal lacquer you might be able to preserve age where you want it.
This seems to be a pretty decent way to age brass.
[link]
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Audrey-Dugan-Art Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student General Artist
It is BEAUTIFUL !

Congratulations!!

Uhhh I love it, sad I am such a Starving Artist I would buy them ALL and look at them enchanted everyday :love:
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Roses-to-Ashes Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much!! :hug:
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Lost-in-the-day Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Amazing!
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Roses-to-Ashes Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!! :)
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toeki Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i like the crinkled ends instead of pearls or stones that are usually used.
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Roses-to-Ashes Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!! I like not using beads and keep trying different ways to twist or crimp them :)
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lettym Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So lovely. :)
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Roses-to-Ashes Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :)
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Rhonda-Young Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It is absolutely beautiful, gorgeous, stunning...did I leave anything out? LOL! :love:
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Roses-to-Ashes Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:aww: Thank you!! I'm so happy you like it so much!! :heart:
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Rhonda-Young Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :hug:
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Industrial-Pop Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Isn't the silver gravel fun! I just completed a tree with it today myself ;) It makes for great graveyard scenes :)
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Roses-to-Ashes Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
First time I've used gravel, unfortunately the silver I had wasn't metallic enough so it got painted when I did the base as well :) will use it again though! :)
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Industrial-Pop Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Try using some glossy finish Mod Podge; it'll create a more silvery effect, and it acts as sealant once fully dried ;) It's easily applied with a brush too, but I prefer a small bottle with a pour spout built into the cap.
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Roses-to-Ashes Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
never heard of that stuff before.. but I will keep it in mind!! Thanks for the tip! :)
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Industrial-Pop Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Anytime! :D
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Lilo1990 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
very beautiful! I love it!!!!! :D
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Roses-to-Ashes Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much!! :)
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Lilo1990 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :D!
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Antarasol Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
There might also be softer sorts of brass wire. At least I've got some which bends fairly well. Better than a "silver" wire that I also bought and rather behaves like a spring ...

The tree is really superb though :D And even if the wire was difficult to work with, the shine is great and the structures are very nice too. I like this wire tree a lot!
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Roses-to-Ashes Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
that's what this wire was doing.. it was a spring!! horrid stuff compared to copper.. I mistakenly bought it thinking it was just gold/yellow "colored" copper wire.. my lesson on reading better XD

Thank you!! It did keep me busy for a while, 30guage brass wire is a time keeper XD :hug:
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
That's wonderful. I don't even like brass to wrap pendants with. But I do anyway since I like the color :D
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Roses-to-Ashes Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh its a wonderful color!! just too.. springy lol Thank you!! :hug:
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
I can't imagine doing something this tight with it, springy indeed :salute:
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Roses-to-Ashes Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:P it was a good time keep that is for sure :) its springy-ness does have its advantages though.. its not easily.. bent out of shape.. Ive dropped the whole tree twist and hardly any damage!! :P
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
Wow, that is a serious save!
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Roses-to-Ashes Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
lol indeed! ;)
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LittleNespa Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
very pretty ^^
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Roses-to-Ashes Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :aww:
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oasiaris Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It looks nice and shiny ^^
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Roses-to-Ashes Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!! the base is almost a mirror finish :)
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oasiaris Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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Muady Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
Oh ive been wanting to try making one of these myself... im going to horribly cut up my hands arent i...
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Roses-to-Ashes Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
not really.. if you use softer wires like copper or in this case brass its usually not bad on your hands, the steel wire tends to be more viscous though lol
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Muady Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
Does things like copper hold its shape tho?
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Roses-to-Ashes Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh yea.. very easily.. its just a matter of twisting it tighter,
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Muady Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
I see... im gonna have to think on this
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