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Wire tree crafting at Crater of Diamonds


Greetings from Crater of Diamonds State Park! People often like to keep the rocks and minerals they find at the Crater and display them at home. There are many creative ways to show off these natural souvenirs, and one option is to use them in a decorative project such as wire crafting.

Wire crafting is the ancient practice of making ornamental figures and sculptures of wire and other components. Many crafters incorporate outdoor elements—rocks, crystals, sticks, and more—into their designs. The process may seem complicated, but through practice and patience, almost anyone can make beautiful creations inspired by nature.

From 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, Crater of Diamonds State Park will host a fun, hands-on wire crafting workshop. We’ll discuss the art of wire sculpture, and participants will make a 6” wire tree out of copper or brass, beads, and a rock base from the park. Attendees may also bring their own beads or other decorations to add to their creations.

Workshop cost is $30 per tree, including a non-refundable $15 registration fee due by Friday, May 5 (the remaining $15 will be due on the day of the workshop). Participants may also bring a guest, free of charge, to help with crafting and assembling the tree.

Supplies are limited, and a minimum of three participants is required. For more information or to register, call Crater of Diamonds State Park at 870-285-3113 or email CraterofDiamonds@arkansas.com by Friday, May 5.


Most recent significant precipitation: April 11, 2017

Diamond finds for the week of April 9, 2017 (100 points=1 carat):

April 9 – Preston Speakman, Dallas, TX, 11 pt. white

April 11 – Martha McAdams, Mountain View, MO, 6 pt. yellow; Michael Green, Rapid City, SD, 9 pt. white; James Green, Memphis, TN, 2 pt. white

April 12 – Amy Jackson, Greer, SC, 17 pt. white

April 13 – Piper Hall, Palmyra, MO, 23 pt. brown, 27 pt. white; Kevin McGarey, Witchita, KS, 18 pt. brown; Scott Deshotel, Elta, LA, 75 pt. yellow

April 14 – Camille Danna, Haynesville, LA, 3 pt. white, 4 pt. white

April 15 – Janet Breitigam, Chattanooga, TN, 5 pt. white