Mithril is a weeping willow tree made up of over 525 strands of silver plated copper wire that has been sealed to prevent oxidation. I used a new technique for this tree to allow the willow fronds to have movement, and to give a nod to the delicate leaves of the willow, I hand crimped each of the frond pieces before attaching then to the tips of the branches. The resulting tree is simply amazing.
Being a Tolkien fan, I could only give it one name … Mithril. In the book, “The Fellowship of the Ring” by J.R Tolkien, the character Gandalf said this.
“Mithril! All folk desired it. It could be beaten like copper, and polished like glass; and the Dwarves could make of it a metal, light and yet harder than tempered steel. Its beauty was like to that of common silver, but the beauty of mithril did not tarnish or grow dim."[
Tolkien also tells us…
The Noldor of Eregion made an alloy out of it called ithildin ("star moon"), which was used to decorate gateways, portals and pathways. It was visible only by starlight or moonlight…
This tree is amazing and sparkles like a diamond cut chain in most lights. Unfortunately, my photographic skills had difficulty catching that radiance until on chance video in very low lightings. Please take the time to view the complete video, on my website portfolio listing, to appreciate this tree. Since Weeping Willows generally grow near water, the base I chose for this tree flows with a liquid sensuousness that completes the overall beauty of this piece.
As with many beautiful things, Mithril is a delicate tree, and unlike my curled foliage trees, requires a gentle handling. The crimped fronds can tangle if treated without care. Because of this, I do not recommend displaying Mithril where children can be drawn by the sparkling movement to play with the tree.
You can learn more about the making of this tree on my website blog.
- 15.5W x 12.75D x 15.5H
22 & 24 gauge non-tarnish silver plated copper wire.
Mounted on driftwood.