Stars are so twinkly and so magical, it’s no wonder I’m drawn to starry themes when I get crafty. Stars are fascinating, especially when added to earrings, bracelets and necklaces. This wire star technique is so simple, you can easily create a few stars of your own. All you’ll need is wire and jewelry making tools.
You can make your stars simple or dress them up with beads. You can add starry accents to your jewelry and home crafts or dangle them from gift packages. Before you go starry wild, begin by making a pair of simple earrings. You or your teen can create them inexpensively with wire and a pair of ear wires. You can add beads if you choose and it still shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes.
- Wire Cutters
- Hammer and anvil/block (optional)
- 20 gauge wire
- Ear wires
- Beads (optional)
Choosing your wire
The choice of wire is up to you, but I recommend that you begin with copper or blackened steel from a hardware store. They cost around $7. each for a 50 foot package. Copper and blackened steel make really cool jewelry and when you’re ready, you can move on to more expensive sterling silver or gold filled wire if you choose.
Make your stars
Cut a nine inch piece of wire for each star. Each piece will make a five point star approximately 1 & 1/4 by 1 &1/4 inches high, with a little length left over to wire in beads or other details.
-Create a zig-zag pattern by using your pliers to bend nine angles in your wire. (see illustration 2)
-The first angle should be at the1 inch mark.
-The next 8 angles should be at1/2 inch intervals.
-Use your fingers to curve the angles into a five point star. (see illustration 2)
-Make your points sharper by shaping the angles with the edge of your pliers.
-If you want a flat wire texture, hammer the points and angles after you curve them into place.
-Don’t hammer your wire with one piece on top of another. It will weaken your wire.
-Lay the 1 inch section over the star and curve the tip into place at the base of the top point.
-Use the longer leftover wire section however you choose: cut it off and curll the end into place to make it a simple start or…
-Use it for decorative effects: wave it, then fold it across the star. Add a bead or two or twirl it round and round.
-File or sand rough edges to make them smooth.
-For Bolder stars, use16 gauge wire.
-For smaller stars, use 7 inch pieces of 20 or 22 g wire. Bend the first angle at 1/2 inch and the next 8 angles at 1/4 inch intervals.
What can you make with a star?
A pair of earrings
Make two stars the same size. You don’t have to finish them off the same way (see illustration 1), just use the same kind of wire. Add beads. Make swirls or waves or twirls with the extra length of wire. Add a pair of ear wires to finish them off. For a different look, dangle them from a piece of chain before adding the ear wires.
Add a jump ring or bail to a large star and dangle it from a chain. For a fancier look add beads and wire trim. (see illustration 4)
Start with a simple chain. To make one yourself, follow the instructions in “Make a Wire Bracelet Even a Grandma Could Love” and make it long enough for a necklace. Use jump rings or figure 8s to dangle different sized stars from the center 6 inches of your chain. Add whimsical details with beads and swirls.
Gift package accents.
Wrap your gift package then tie it with twine or thin ribbon. Finish it with a bow, then tie stars onto the loose ends.
To make large stars for your Christmas tree, use 12 inches of wire per star. Bend 9 angles at 2 inches for the first angle and the rest at 1 inch intervals. Finish according to above instructions.