Introduction: Wire Jewelry for Play

About: Ann McMillan paints plein air oil and pastel paintings of the Bay Area. She is currently teaching too much at the Palo Alto Art Center and at her children's elementary school. In her free time, she designs …

My kids love making these bits of jewelry-- they often feature in treasure hunts or gifts for friends.

Step 1: Materials

Here is everything you need:

  • Pretty ribbon
  • copper or brass wire
  • "Gems" --can be pebbles or semiprecious stones for a more grown-up look. These plasic ones I bought at our local craft store in a batch of 200.
  • Scissors
  • Wire cutters

Step 2: Choose a Gem and Wrap Wire Around It...

It can be simple or fancy, I tend to tell my kids to think about wrapping a present.

Step 3: Finish the Amulet by Making a Hanger or Loop on It...

Loops can be parallel or perpendicular to the gem... it just depends on how you want the jewel to hang on the ribbon. I have come to favor a perpendicular loop, which is the option not shown here :>. Clip of the long ends of the wire and tuck the ends in so they don't snag on something.

Step 4: Add a Ribbon With a Neat Knot

Loop a bit of pretty ribbon to the amulet.

I have pictured my favorite knot here, which has the advantage of being adjustable. Here is an 'ible about tying this knot...

Step 5: Improvise and Post

We have made tree ornaments, wands, crowns and ninjago accessories with this method. Have fun!