Wire and Glass Bead Amulet
By: Lisa Stowe & Michelle L. Dozois
Age: 4 and up
Watch out, Tiffany & Co. These dazzling homemade jewels can be worn as necklaces — or turned into key chains for anyone who prefers to pocket their bling.
What you'll need:
- 22-inch piece of 18-gauge artistic wire
- Large glass or plastic bead, at least 3/4 inch in one direction, like Cristalier Rock Beads Smaller beads (optional)
- Needle-nose pliers
- 34 inches of jewelry cord or split key ring
How to make it:
- Have your child fold the wire in half.
- Have him insert a toothpick into the fold. Holding the wire firmly just below the toothpick with one hand, have him twist the toothpick around 2 to 3 times to create a small loop from which the necklace cord or key ring can hang. He can then thread one end of the wire through the hole in the large bead until the bead rests against the wire twists under the loop.
- He can now wrap one end of the wire in a random pattern around the bead, then wrap the other end of the wire around the bead and the first wire. (Have him add smaller beads to the wire as he folds, if desired.)
- An adult should then bend the wire ends into little curlicues with the needle-nose pliers to finish.
- Have your child thread the wire-wrapped amulet onto a jewelry cord to make a necklace, or onto a key ring.
Originally published in Wondertime magazine.