Last week I had a wonderful opportunity to spend the day with some of my "local" art friends. We took a trip down past Detroit to Monroe to a place called Craft 2000. There I found this wonderful spooky wire tree, that I just had to have. I recently participated in a couple of charm swaps over at ArtCharms, a Halloween and Day of the Dead. I knew this tree would be perfect for either one.
I wish I had taken a picture of the tree before I coiled up the limbs. They were long strands. Which didn't work real well holding the charms up to the top. So I took my large bail rounders and went to town. This also added some volume to my tree.
The Halloween swap was the first to arrive so it has the honor of being on my tree. I am always amazed at what others create. Here are some closeups. You can get an idea of what awesome charms I received.
There is so much creativity in this group. I love to see everyones take on the theme. This was my first swap with them and I am delighted with my charms.
I should add in here.. that I had been looking for something to hang my charms on and had thought about a wire tree, but not really wanted to create on myself. Being the impatient, instant (well kinda) gratification person I am. A week ago I had bought a mini fake tree that was metallic lime green in color. I spray painted in navy blue, then some flat black. A little of green had peaked through. Now I liked this tree and it would do. But when I say this one, it was a must have. Plus I had two swaps coming.. so BONUS!!!!
Now patiently waiting for the next swap to arrive. What will I do with them.. hahaha...
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