Craft Wire Star Ornament
Designer Sara Oehler

Materials

18ga Non-Tarnish Silver Plated Soft Flex Craft Wire
8mm Green Crystal Bead - 1 pc
Red Ribbon

Tools

Olympus-Lite WigJig
Olympus Super Peg
Nylon Jaw Pliers
Round Nose Pliers
Chain Nose Pliers
Nylon Tipped Hammer
Cutters

Instructions

Step 1: When using a WigJig, you will make your first loop with your round nose pliers. Place the loop on the small metal peg. Guide the wire around the pegs in your chosen pattern as you spin the WigJig. When you turn the jig and guide the wire, the jig will make lovely and fluid lines that can be repeated time and time again.



Step 2: Work harden the design after you pop it off of the WigJig. Work hardening your wire actually changes the molecular structure inside the wire. It is the process of manipulating the wire to lock in the design and stiffen the wire so that your design will stay in place. Also, I straightened the wire with the nylon jaw pliers each time I made a turn on the WigJig. This offered straighter lines and extra work hardening.



Step 3: Next, use the craft wire to create an ornament hanger. In this case, I used a wire wrap loop to connect to the star, strung a bead and then made my hook on the WigJig using a 7/16 in. super peg. Find directions for creating an ornament hanger here.



Step 4: The hanger should be work hardened too. This is a little trickier when there are beads to avoid. Hold the bead off of the surface in order to avoid it and pound the hanger with your nylon tipped hammer.



Step 5: If you like the ornament as it, you won't need any ribbon. I happened to have a little polka-dot red ribbon that I added to make it a little more decorative.



Projects not intended for children under the age of 13. The information on this instruction sheet is presented in good faith, but no warranty is given, nor results guaranteed. Soft Flex® Company disclaims all liability from any injury to anyone undertaking the construction of this project as a result of improper safety precautions.