Tuesday Treasure: Wire Ojo Pendant

God's Eyes

God's Eyes (Photo credit: Kevin H.)

Do you know what an ojo is? (I see by a quick search that the official name is ojo de Dios, but we always just called them ojos where I grew up.) It is a little home decoration made of yarn and wood. They are meant to protect the maker from evil spirits.

I learned how to make these in school in New Mexico, and I always thought they were pretty, but I never got good enough to make the really complicated ones (like in the picture to the left).

But the other day, I was playing with wire at my worktable, trying to solve a design problem for a new product (that’s still a secret!). Soon I realized that I could use my very thin wire for wrapping and some thicker wire for the supports, and I could make an ojo from wire!

Ojo Pendant: Wire God's Eye for Necklace

Wire Ojo de Dios

I finished this one with blue beads and wire wrapped loops, so it is very strong and secure for wearing as a pendant on a necklace. {I will be making more soon with purple beads for a mobile or hanging sculpture.)

This project has been a lot of fun, taking a skill from my childhood and turning it into something new and interesting.

Don’t forget, my Zibbet store is full of paper and metal creations for you.

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