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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  1. Lizbeth – thanks for sharing about the ojo! My husband is from Albuquerque, NM, and when he was in grade school he wove an Ojo that we always put at the top of our Christmas tree. Kind of a blending of traditions! I love your idea of wearing these as jewelry!


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