Trying new crafts is one of my favourite things. A few weeks ago I finally got round to making the Brass Himmeli star craft kit from Geo Attic. Originating from the Swedish word for sky or heaven, himmel, the Himmeli are a traditional Finnish ornament, a mobile decoration that is traditionally made out of straw, or reeds. They are typically suspended above the dinner table during the holiday season, ‘dancing’ with the drafts. It is thought that the larger the Himmeli, the larger the crop in the coming year. I couldn’t wait to try making the brass himmeli star and adding to our homemade decorations.
Simple Brass Himmeli Star decoration
I couldn’t wait to try making one of these geometric mobiles so bought myself a craft kit, the Brass Himmeli Star craft kit from Geo Attic.
There wasn’t a lot inside the kit – instructions, brass rods and wire. All I needed to supply was scissors. I sorted the wires to the different lengths and got started. I found the first few pieces quite tricky and felt like I had rods and wire everywhere.
Then the shapes started to come together and I could see what I was making.
When I had three points I was able to stitch them together with the wire. Sometimes it was a little tricky to push the wire back through the rods.
The great thing about working with wire is that it’s flexible, so if my star was looking a little wonky I could re-position the rods. I also added a few short lengths of wire to strengthen some of the points where several rods met. It took about an hour to make my brass himmeli star but I imagine a second one would be quicker.
I love how it turned out. I left one long length of wire so it can be hung, or I might add it to the top of our tree.
Have you ever tried making a brass himmeli star before?