Intro: Wire Jewelry for Play
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.
- 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!