I must say, I am very glad to get this project finished and posted. I am still trying to repress the memories of the day I went to Hobby Lobby to buy the materials. Ya know those obnoxious parents who brings grumpy kids to the store, just so they can run around crying and wreaking havoc? Yep. That was me.
We quickly learned that these little glass gems are very much breakable. It takes quite a bit of force to get the job done, though. Simply dropping a bag of them on the floor probably won’t do a thing. But chucking a bag across the room, or beating it against a metal shelf, will surely do the trick.
I really wish I didn’t know that.
But let’s just shake that off and get to the deets…
For this craft, you’ll need:
Thick wire – able to bend, but only if effort is applied
Thin wire – bends easily
I bought what I thought was some good, strong wire for the frame of my ornament. As I took it out of the package, however, I realized it was actually pretty flimsy. So make sure you buy the right kind! The best would be the packages that have a sample of wire sticking out, so you can feel how strong it is.
Because mine was a little pathetic, I took 2 pieces of wire and twisted them together to create something that would be stronger and easier to work with.
When it comes to the shape – choose whatever you want! Sophie opted for a butterfly, which was simple, so I was happy about it. If you want to make something more complex and don’t trust your artistic skills, you can use an image as a template. If I wanted an elephant, I’d google “cartoon elephant outline” or “elephant silhouette” and print out a large image to trace.
Thankfully, the butterfly was doable, so I skipped that step.
Once your ornament is in the right shape, use the thin wire to attach some glass gems. Just wrap it around the edge as an anchor, then wrap it around the bead a few times. Make sure you space out the wire so there aren’t any holes big enough for the bead to fall out. Then anchor it back to the outline and keep going!
Glass gems come in all kinds of colors, and the shapes you can make are endless. So get creative and have fun with it!
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