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Thuya Burl Pendant by Nambroth Thuya Burl Pendant by Nambroth
This is a piece of Thuya (also spelled thuja) Burl that has been cut and polished into a cabochon shape. I then wrapped it with Argentium sterling silver. The cool this is that unlike a gemstone, this has a lovely subtle wood smell to it, similar to cedar.

A burl is a tree growth where the grain has grown in a deformed manner, and is often a rounded outgrowth that can look like a big unnatural lump on a tree though often they form underground where they cannot be seen. It contains small knots from dormant buds that some tree species can then sprout at need. In many tree species burl(s) can be malignant and can cause the death of the tree.

FAQ stuff, please read before asking:

- Yes! I do sell these! They are for sale on my personal site: [link]

-I hand wrap these pieces with nothing more than my fingers and some bitty pliers.
-I purchase the stones already cut and polished from rock and gem shows.
-My silver is purchased directly from a precious metals silver refinery.
-I use several different gauge and shaped wires in each piece.
-My methods are unplanned and haphazard and I do not plan on creating tutorials on how to make these. If you want to learn wire-wrapping there are already some good tutorials out there if you search on Google.</B>

Thanks for looking. :)
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wolfofdesire Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010  Hobbyist
pretty
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Xerces Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wonderful coloured cab, and such a dramatic wrap for it! well done :)
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Little-Vampire Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous work with that stone, it has a really lovely shape and it looks great wrapped with argentium sterling silver!
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iri157 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010
Oh, wow!!
Ok, this is my favourite!!!
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JillDragon Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thuja wood doesn't just smell like cedar, it is cedar. Thuja is the genus name for cedar.

It makes for a lovely piece and your wire-wrapping always looks so fine and delicate. :)
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poorlittlekittens Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010
YOUR GOING TO MAKE ME CRY FROM BEING POOR
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Glaisne Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010
A beautiful piece! Exceptional job on wrapping too!
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
It's so gorgeous - you really have such a sharp eye for just the right curves and twists.

And out of curiosity I started reading more about burls after seeing this piece. As it's essentially a deformity that can grow to great size, burls are kind of like...tumors. It's like tree cancer. :D But wow there are some AMAZING works created by burls! This included ;D
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Nambroth Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010  Professional General Artist
Yes! It is very much like tree cancer, for some trees. But for others, it can be amazing... look up costal redwood burls! It's so cool. NATURE IS SOOO COOOOL. *flail*
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I just looked up some coastal redwood burl stuff, and the texture in it is amazing! I didn't think wood like that was possible, but looking at how it's formed, it makes sense! It's not orderly like the rings of a tree with the occasional branch here or there - it's a big swirly mishmash of bulby wood, which results in amazing texture.

Agreed, nature is amazing! :D I learn something new and amazing every day.
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Esteryn Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Completely impressed, this is so fine, and i can just imagine the soft wooden smell ! *-* congrats
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julianwilbury Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Student General Artist
I find it fascinating that you've made such a beautiful piece with what is essentially...a mutant growth that could be harmful to the tree. There's a strange sort of contradiction when you think about it that way; something that well, to be blunt, sucked for the tree is now something beautiful and prized. Sort of in the same vein as a pearl (but in my opinion, much prettier; I find pearls overrated. :P )

I'm beginning to say pseudo-deep stuff I must need sleep. But my main point still stands- it's lovely, despite the unlikely origin.
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Nambroth Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010  Professional General Artist
Yeah, it's interesting isn't it? Though to be fair not all burls are malignant. Redwood trees have actually depended on their burls for survival over the millenia!
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miskitaky Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010
:) good job
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RocCenere Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love your metal working Nambroth, these are really beautiful.
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peridot-magelette Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010
it's nice to see your jewelery again. i would so love to buy a piece someday.
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peridot-magelette Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010
wow, lovely!
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NeverLoseLove Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010
beautiful!!
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emilysodders Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
They lovely! I didn't know what a burl is either! Thank you for the explanation!
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kaede-kit Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010
Beautiful!
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wood and metal - what an unusual but cool combination!
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Willow141 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ive been wondering... what shaped wire do you usually use for the swirled details? O.o Is it square?
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Nambroth Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Professional General Artist
I use several different shapes in each pendant. :) Some is square, yes.
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ChronoMortae Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010
You are amazing. It's just so freaking awesome~
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
How beautiful that is!
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Goldenwolf Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, that's -really- pretty! I love that its a piece of burl in cab form ^.^ Fantastic job!
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broshsara Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010
Very beautiful!
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Godsproject73d Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010
lovely and rich. Those are the terms that come to my mind when I see this.
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september28 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Student General Artist
This might sound odd, but thank you for explaining what a burl is! I've seen the term "burled wood" and other references to it but never looked up the definition. Now I know! This is gorgeous, by the way. Your jewelry pieces always make me think of my mom. She would probably wear everything I've seen you make! It makes me happy.
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