What You Need:
- Nuts, bolts, washers, or screws
- Thin craft wire
- Claps, necklace chain, or earring hooks (found at craft stores)
- Paper and pencil
What You Do:
- Collect and clean hardware that your teen wishes to use in her jewelry.
- Next, encourage her to sketch a design that creatively combines different hardware pieces. Invite her to come up with a cool pattern or a unique way of overlapping the different pieces. Coming up with a plan beforehand will make the later stages easier.
- Now, ask her to lay the hardware out to match her design.
- Have her use the craft wire to hold the hardware pieces together. She can do this by cutting a piece no more than 6 inches in length and wrapping it around two separate pieces of hardware. This should create a tight attachment.
- After wrapping the wire, twist the loose ends together and trim any excess wire.
- She should repeat this process, attaching additional pieces of hardware until the piece is complete.
- Have her attach the finished ornament to the jewelry chain by threading the chain through part of the hardware, or creating a loop of wire and using that as a hook.
An alternative method to wiring the hardware together is threading it onto a necklace chain or string (like beads), and creating a unique pattern in this manner.