Holiday Ornaments Using Jewelry Techniques
by Cindi Bernloehr.
I love the holidays and really enjoy creating handmade ornaments for our tree.
I have made bent & hammered wire (aluminum) shapes that look great and are so easy to make.
Each ornament used about 24″ of wire and end up about 4″ tall.
I have also added beads to give some “bling” and “sparkle”.
Last year I tried a new project using leftover brass wire to make a Hot Air Balloon.
The balloon is a glass ball that I painted with acrylic and distressed with some ink stain.
The “ropes” are 4 wires about 18″ long.
I make a loop in the center over a pencil and twist. Then I split the wires – 2 on each side and twist about a 1/2″ from the top.
Then I separate the wires, pairing them up with the pair next to it. I twist those wires about an inch down.
Then I split the pairs and twist the new pair again. (see the picture) I then attach the box/basket by wire wrapping each corner with the pair of wires next to it.
Add a paper doll and you are ready to hang on the tree.
Have fun and enjoy the holidays.