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Tree Of Life Buckle by Cloud-Dragonz Tree Of Life Buckle by Cloud-Dragonz
The Tree Of Life is derived from old Celtic customs, forests of the old world were vast covering whole countries. When a tribe would clear land for a settlement they would always leave one tree in the center, to them this was called in irish "crann bethadh" Tree Of Life. Trees touch all three realms of existence, the heavens with branches, the underworld or spirit world with roots and the mortal world with their trunks.

The metal is Shibuichi 75% copper 25% silver, I won't be casting in this metal again though, the silver absorbed O2 and the copper turns that into oxides. Plus it looks almost the same as tin bronze. I used a clear specialty lacquer for preserving the patina on bronzes and other metals it is exterior grade so it should wear well.
You can visit my Etsy shop @ www.bronzesmithdesigns.etsy.com I have the same item but in a different better wearing metal here this item is currently listed on my shop for sale! (not in Shibuichi)

The piece weighs 120 grams, 11cm wide by 6cm tall.

A dd! thanks everyone especially ~CryoSphinx and ^FrockTarts for suggesting and awarding This DD!

I apologize for not responding to everyone who wrote a comment this doesn't mean I am any less grateful, just so many Thanks!
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Tree Of Life Buckle by ~Cloud-Dragonz ( Suggested by CryoSphinx and Featured by FrockTarts )
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torbjornbjerck123 Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  New Deviant
This is the best tree of life I've seen. How can I buy this?
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:iconcloud-dragonz:
Cloud-Dragonz Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
I have an etsy store I sell them through, www.bronzesmithdesigns.etsy.com, For the buckles I don't have them listed, but I do cast on request.

   Sam.
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menapia Featured By Owner May 5, 2015
Very eye-catching work, is this a commercial design or just a one off piece?
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:iconcloud-dragonz:
Cloud-Dragonz Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Its not one off, I make a mold for replicating the pattern, I'm not sure if I could call it commercial but I know what you mean :)
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:iconalesthewoodcarver:
alesthewoodcarver Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Well done!
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:iconcloud-dragonz:
Cloud-Dragonz Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks =D
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:iconjesitel:
Jesitel Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is truly amazing!!!!
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:iconcloud-dragonz:
Cloud-Dragonz Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks :)
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:iconjesitel:
Jesitel Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You are very welcome! Clap
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:iconalfihar:
Alfihar Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Thats amazing... I love the scroll work
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:iconcloud-dragonz:
Cloud-Dragonz Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks :)
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:iconnoctiluna:
NoctiLuna Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very very beautiful, love the fine details!
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:iconcloud-dragonz:
Cloud-Dragonz Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks =D
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:iconnoctiluna:
NoctiLuna Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Is it difficult to get into all this wax model and metal casting technique? I have no clue about metal working but would love to make some pendants... I already considered metal clay, that seems very user friendly even for inexperienced people...
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Cloud-Dragonz Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Metal clay is a great place to start, also there are several casting houses that will cast your wax design for you (I have never gone this rout before), the one thing pmc doesn't have is a carvable design material, its clay so clay modeling systems would apply, that being said there are a lot of pmc artists on da that do amazing work :)
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NoctiLuna Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I see :) Actually I' more of a modeling person because taking material away from a 'block' to get a carved object creeps me out!
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Cloud-Dragonz Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Well that and you don't have to deal with sprueing and casting, riogrande.com sells a lot of pmc equipment.

Sam.
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NoctiLuna Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the link, I looked it up, but I'll rather order from an European site because of shipping and customs : )
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:iconcloud-dragonz:
Cloud-Dragonz Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yea that makes sense, didn't know your located in Europe
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:iconbertw63:
bertw63 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW! This is really cool! great job! :)
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Cloud-Dragonz Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :)
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AzizrianDaoXrak Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Hi there! This is just a friendly little note to let you know your piece has been featured!: [link]

Please consider taking a look at the other pieces and faving the article to help support the other artists :)
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Cloud-Dragonz Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Awesome thanks! Ill take a look.
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AzizrianDaoXrak Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
^^ You're welcome! Hope you enjoy!
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:iconunanineill:
Unanineill Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
Is it possible to buy the tree of life belt buckle to be shipped to Northern Ireland ?
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:iconcloud-dragonz:
Cloud-Dragonz Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yes, I have shipped to germany before, and the UK.
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:iconjupiterfairy:
jupiterfairy Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
It is beautiful
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:iconcloud-dragonz:
Cloud-Dragonz Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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TheOneTrueSimon Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This. Is seriously fucking impressive. Great work :)
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:iconcloud-dragonz:
Cloud-Dragonz Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Tyvm :)
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VictorianRedRose Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Not like it's not said before: but simply gorgeous :heart: What an awesome amount of craftmanship, all in one 'little' piece of belt buckle :D
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Cloud-Dragonz Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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VictorianRedRose Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're very welcome :D
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:iconpreviterror:
Previterror Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
That is spectacular.
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:iconcloud-dragonz:
Cloud-Dragonz Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :)
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yuilovepainting Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
so beautiful!
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:iconcloud-dragonz:
Cloud-Dragonz Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ty :)
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druid-owl Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning work, ive added a request for this to be featured in :iconthedruidscircle: :)
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:iconcloud-dragonz:
Cloud-Dragonz Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ty :)
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:iconlakemutt:
lakemutt Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Student General Artist
Stunning!
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cassandra667 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
beautiful work.
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Khaybrother86 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
Lovely work.

I know you said that you won't be smelting any more shibuichi but have you ever considered trying again with a more tradition patina? There are some fantastic things you can do with these alloys. Especially when it comes to combining different grades of shibuichi, silver, copper and/or shakudo.

3grams each equal parts rokusho and cupric sulfate in 1 to 2 liters of water is a good starting point. The silver in these alloys can patina yellow if you do not pre soak them in diakon before patina bath..

I apologize if you already know of this already.
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Cloud-Dragonz Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
No I did not know this, one reason I didn't like it was the buckle gets a lot of ware and this varnish I was using doesn't last very long, plus silver gets expensive when used in this quantity, I might try it again sometime but not soon, next on the list is white bronze :)
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Khaybrother86 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
kinko work (soft copper alloys) patinas are usually easily worn off by heavy usage. Especially if it sees any greasy fingers. Although the natural patina that can develop due to being handled can be rather pleasing. It just takes time.

I will send you a note with a bit more info so you can have some fun doing some future experimentation.
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mac2010 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Superb!! :)
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:iconmdlymee:
mdlymee Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Kurczę, niesamowita robota! Uwielbiam rzeczy tego typu.
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mdlymee Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Pf. Sorry. :) Amazing work! I love this kind of stuff.
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Bard24 Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
It's not for sale anymore :(
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:iconfrocktarts:
FrockTarts Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Your work has been featured here. :love: [link]
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:iconcloud-dragonz:
Cloud-Dragonz Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
why thanks!
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