Bendable wire is a great tool for the crafter. It is versatile, easy to use and, for many projects, less expensive than purchasing ready-made items. Wire can be small and intricate to work with, so be patient and keep trying different techniques to find the best uses you can for the tool.
Jewellery is a great way to use bendable wire. You can create necklaces, bracelets, earring and rings in all shapes and sizes. You have a variety of options, from putting beads on the wire to simply using the wire as the decoration itself and bending it into different shapes and designs. Use jewellery links to attach different pieces. Once you become skilled, try making sets of jewellery with matching pieces.
Garland can be used to decorate everyday items such as candleholders, vases, picture frames and mirrors. Place a small bead on the wire and then loop the opposite end of wire through the bead. This will secure the bead in place. Place a second, larger bead on the wire and then a third bead the same size as the first. Thread the wire through the third bead as you did with the first. Leave a space of 3 inches and continue with another group of three beads. Continue in this way until the garland is as large as needed and then wrap it around the desired item.
For this project, bend wire into a circular shape. Add beads and/or charms onto the wire. Don't fill the wire; add just a few beads to each. On one end of the wire, create a small loop, and on the other end, create a hook shape. The hook should fit securely in the loop and keep the circle closed. If you are making wine charms as gifts, consider using charms that are meaningful to the recipient. For example, buy a charm depicting a dog for a dog owner or a charm in the form of a pen for a writer.
Fairy or Butterfly Wings
Bend wire into the shape of fairy or butterfly wings. You can do either rounded or pointed wing tips. Consider strengthening the wire by wrapping multiple pieces together and then forming the wings. Attach the wings with wire. Pull pantyhose over the wings so that the open end is at the inside of the wing. Cut off excess material and tie or glue in place. Decorate wings with paint, glitter, beads and glue. If the wings are for a costume or dress-up piece, glue elastic or material to create shoulder straps. Create two loops wide enough to fit around the shoulders of the person the wings are for and glue to the centre of the wings. You can also hang the wings on a wall to create a butterfly wall decoration or use fishing line and hang them from hooks in the ceiling.
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