Thought to have originated with the Ojibwa tribe, dreamcatchers were believed by Native Americans to capture bad dreams, to be burnt by the sun in the morning, whereas good dreams filtered through the centre hole into the dreamer's head. The popularity of dreamcatchers has moved beyond the Native American culture into mainstream society. They are often found accenting rooms or hanging from rearview mirrors. While traditional dreamcatchers are typically made using leather, beads and feathers, beautiful dream catchers also can be created using copper hoops and wire.
Cut a piece of wire long enough to be used for the entire centre webbing of the dreamcatcher.
Wrap the end of the wire so it is fastened around the metal hoop at one point. Metal hoops can be purchased at craft stores. Metal bracelets, known as bangles, can be used as dreamcatcher hoops.
Leaving a little bit of slack in the wire so it swoops slightly toward the centre of the hoop, wrap the wire once around the hoop at a distance of 1/8th of the circumference of the hoop from the starting point, threading the wire through the swooping portion to stabilise it. Repeat this step until there are a total of eight points where wire is fastened to the bangle, including the original wire attachment. Do not cut the wire.
To begin the next row of webbing, wrap the wire in the centre of the nearest piece of wire that swoops from the hoop. Do the same, in order, with the remaining swooping wires that are attached to the hoop, until you have reached the end of the row.
Repeat Step 4 until there is only a small hole left in the centre of the dreamcatcher. Fasten the wire and cut it.
For additional embellishment, add glass beads to the wire as you are wrapping it around the bangle. You can also add wire-wrapped beads that hang from the bottom of the bangle. Feathers are added in traditional dreamcatchers.
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- For additional embellishment, add glass beads to the wire as you are wrapping it around the bangle. You can also add wire-wrapped beads that hang from the bottom of the bangle. Feathers are added in traditional dreamcatchers.