This ornament was inspired by the star from our recent ornament exchange. It is fairly simple, but requires a few jewelry-making tools to complete. This is what you’ll need:
4 x 6″ piece of wood
20 gauge silver plated wire
24 gauge bronze wire
assorted beads in blue and gold
flat and round nose pliers
You first need to make a jig by drawing your temple shape on the wood. Pound the finishing nails where the outline changes course. It is important to use nails with a small tapered head, so the wire will slip off the jig easily. Beginning at the top middle spire, shape the wire over the nail, then under the next, then over the next, etc, going around the jig twice, then cut leaving a long tail.
Slip the end of the wire under both middle spires, connecting all the loose ends, then shape an oval to form the hanger, and wrap the wire around the connecting section several times. Crimp the end of the wire close, so it doesn’t stick out.
Snip off another length of wire and wrap tightly around that same connecting section, then twist down the side of the spire, sliding beads on as you go. Go all the way around, then finish off again at the connecting section.
Now it’s time to make Moroni! Gather your supplies.
Slide some ribbon through the top of the Moroni figure, and tie to the top of the temple loop. Then make a knot with the ends of the ribbon to create a loop to hang from the tree. You could at this point make another small bronze loop to attach the bottom of Moroni to the connecting piece of the temple, or if the circle is tight enough, you can just wedge it in there.
Hope you enjoy.
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