Stars are good for wishing and they have always been an exciting and romantic symbol. They twinkle in the sky and even shoot across it sometimes. Since we moved to the New Mexico Rockies, we have developed a whole new relationship with them, because from this altitude, you feel you could actually reach out and touch the the stars.

Since stars have so much going for them as symbols, they make wonderful embellishments for all kinds of artwork, or they can be made fancy enough to be the artwork all by themselves. This is a very quick and simple start to star making.

All you need is some wire and your wireworking tools.

Step 1. Decide on an approximate diameter for your star - let’s say 1.5" As a rule of thumb, the length of the side of each point will be 1/3 that diameter which would be 1/2" for this sample star.

For a 5-pointed star, make an “Eye Pin” 10 times that length (in our example that would be 5 inches) plus at least 2" for a tail. Do this measurement after you have made the loop in your eye pin so the loop does not count. It is helpful to make little marks on the wire with a Sharpie marker to act as measurement guides. We made a mark every 1/2" until we had 10 sections.

Step 2. Starting with the looped end and using your chain nose pliers, make a zig-zag of your wire with each zig and each zag measuring 1/2" until you have 5 points in a row. Use the very tips of the pliers to make the sharpest corners you can at the points of your star.

Your results will not be perfect - espoecially the first couple times you try it.

Step 3. Bend the zigzag around and insert the remaining tail of the wire through your eye pin loop. Make a sharp bend back and wrap the tail around itself once. This secures the star.

This sounds like a simple move, but actually, now is the time when you will find out how imperfect your measurements were! Don’t panic. Just work with your sections of wire until they are as evenly spaced as they can be using your hands and your pliers. Then tell yourself it’s supposed to look handmade anyway and relax with it.

Step 4. There are many things to do with the leftover tail. Putting a loop in the end makes a hanging star. Adding beads before looping the end makes an interesting ornament. Bending the tail back into the center of the star and making a spiral or squiggle turns the star into a “clip” type bookmark or a charm to be added to something else with a jump ring.

Beads can be added during the process of making the star body - just at the points or all over. Possibilities are endless.

As with anything, practice makes perfect (if perfect is what you are after). We prefer things to have a little “personality” and to be a bit different each time we do them. Once you get a shape you really like, you can hammer the finished star to get that faceted surface that reflects light in very interesting ways.
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