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Catching Fire by RachaelsWireGarden Catching Fire by RachaelsWireGarden
Selling for $130
Here is the link to it on my etsy:…

Today marks the first year anniversary of Rachael’s Wire Garden! One year ago today, I opened my etsy shop and created this DA account. I have had so much progress this year, and am so excited to begin another one – hopefully the next year of my wire-wrapping brings many wonderful things!

This pendant was inspired by the book series and popular movies: The Hunger Games. I designed it after Katniss’s wedding dress in the second movie: Catching Fire. Originally, I’d put a black feather hanging from the bottom with little rhinestones on it, but I decided that it looked better without. I really wanted to incorporate the mocking jay part of the dress, because it was freaking awesome!

Made with fine and beautiful beads, I used Swarovski crystals, sterling silver, and Bali sterling silver. Bali is a special kind of sterling made on the island of Bali in Indonesia. It is all made entirely by hand by extremely skilled silversmiths.

The wire is the usual stuff, copper and silver-plated, which helps keep the cost down a little bit. The mocking jay bail that I used was actually a pin that I transformed =] I have not seen another pin like this, and therefore I cannot duplicate this pendant. It is truly a one-of-a-kind, and once it sells, it’s gone. Although, I am planning to maybe make a smaller and less expensive version of this in the future, if this design becomes popular.

I also used some of my photo-manipulation skills, by giving it a black background and adding some fire into the mix (fire stock by FrostBo ). It was EXTREMELY difficult to get a decent picture (I always seem to have troubles with that lol), and then I got this picture which was nice – except for the fact that it was sitting on my hand and the background was my green carpet xD. Soooo I took that stuff out!

Anyways, I’m pretty happy with the results from this. I hope everyone else enjoys it just as much! I've been waiting to post this since almost the beginning of January :heart:

Small version...
Mini 'Catching Fire' *SOLD* by RachaelsWireGarden

The Tree of Life symbolizes spiritual growth and wisdom, strength, protection, and connectedness. It is a healthy model that inspires the spirit and encourages hope in all hearts.

These are delicate, wire wrapped pendants that should be handled with care. Some of the stones, glass, or shells used to create the tree can break if handled roughly.
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jeweloflight Featured By Owner 1 hour ago
Love your work! 
Lentekriebel Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
RachaelsWireGarden Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014   Artisan Crafter
Thank you! =]
Lentekriebel Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
alysyl Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This one is simply Dazzling.  You have melded strength with beauty and clarity with fire.  I really enjoy reading the stories you put into your Tree of Life pendants.  I enjoy the bits of wire work I do but I don't have the strength or the drive that you do to create as many lovely and varied pieces.  I made a Tree of Life Pendant for my daughter's birthday but I have to say...whisper...yours are more unique.  It did come out beautifully though and she loved it.  Congratulations on 1 year on Etsy, you are on the right track.  You will go far.
RachaelsWireGarden Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014   Artisan Crafter
Wow... that is such a wonderful compliment - thank you so much :hug: I'm so glad you enjoy my work and even if you don't think yours are as "unique," I'd love to see them someday if you ever post them on DA =]

Happy belated birthday to your daughter, and I'm glad she liked the pendant you made her :heart:
Mikoto1 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist
Wow, I'm impressed! This looks truly looks amazing! 
Happy anniversary! You improved very much throughout that year.
RachaelsWireGarden Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014   Artisan Crafter
Thank you :heart: It makes me so happy to hear that =D I hope I continue to improve ^.^
Mikoto1 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist
You're Welcome! :D
Good luck!
xXKeloidXx Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
I really love the bird :O
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