I felt like creating something to celebrate the wonderful sunshine we're having, so I came up with this pretty sun catcher.
It's really easy, though you might need to stop for a few supplies. Here's what you need:
- Wire; one thicker than the other (I used black 12 gauge and 24 gauge. The higher the number, the thinner the wire. My 24 gauge wire is a double-twisted variety, but you can use whatever you want.)
- Wire cutters (Mine work great and were from the dollar store!)
- Beads or crystals (The smaller ones were on a pick from the wedding department of my craft store for $3.49, and I have lots of beads left over.)
*** Important! Be sure your thinner wire will fit through the holes on your crystals/beads. You can usually test it out at the store before you buy.
What to do:
- With the thicker wire, form a heart shape. It doesn't have to be perfect here. Just get the basic shape. The two loose ends should form the top center part for hanging the larger crystal.
- Get your beads ready. I simply unwound the wire holding the pick together and slid the beads off.
- Then wire the beads to the heart form with the thinner wire, wrapping a few extra times at each bead. I just eyeballed where they should go, trying to get the beads spaced somewhat evenly.
- Twist the loose wires at the top into a small loop for the larger crystal.
- Using a small length of thin wire, thread the larger crystal and twist the wire. Then attach that to the loop on the heart form.
- Next you'll want to use a short piece of thin wire to make another small loop at the top for hanging the heart.
- Then tidy up the form to get the heart shape you like, and it's time to hang it up. I hung mine with plain fishing line, and that's it!
Now sit back and enjoy your pretty little sun catcher!