Introduction: Butterfly Pendant. Photos Only

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The wings started out as a square inch of 22 gage sheet metal. The antennae are a paper clip. The body is fashioned from a wood nail.

Butterfly wings have so many different shapes. After looking at a bunch, these wings are my interpretation of what they look like. I used the same method from my keychain monster for embossing.


 

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thegnome54 made it!(author)2011-08-19

I've been really inspired by your work, and I'm looking to start my own small metal projects now.

I'm concerned about longevity, though - do any materials keep a good shine indefinitely if well cared for? For example, if I fashioned something out of a nickel would it cloud up eventually from corrosion? I expect that your copper leaf pendant will eventually turn green (which happens to be appropriate!) but I want to be sure that my shine will last a long time before putting in the elbow grease to properly polish something.

Also, where do you get your old pennies? I have a huge amount and haven't found a single one that was old enough yet.

Thanks so much for your inspiration, keep doing awesome work and spreading the smiles!

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Mrballeng made it!(author)2011-08-20

Yes they do just fine. Nickel does very well. It's actually used in marine applications due to it's ability to withstand corrosion from sea water. Steel of course will rust if wet. But I have noticed polished steel does not rust compared to brushed steel. Polishing doesn't take that long so don't be concerned your going to sanding for hours.

My method for finding old pennies is as follows. Find the darkest penny in the bunch and look at the date. That works most the time for me.

Thanks for all the nice words.

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rustler_666 made it!(author)2011-07-01

This turned out so beautiful!

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taria made it!(author)2011-06-09

gorgeous...simply gorgeous and your right you can make almost anything out of something, it just take a creative mind and you defendanty have one of those.

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nanosec12 made it!(author)2011-06-09

Once again, another outstanding example of your creative and beautiful craftsmanship. 5 of 5

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mslaynie made it!(author)2011-05-25

Oh my goodness, congratulations!!

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snoopindaweb made it!(author)2011-05-21

Hi, Did You use Putty or something to hold all those parts to Solder.? Or 3 Sets of "Helping Hands"...HAR.! cOOl.!

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Mrballeng made it!(author)2011-05-22

The curve of the wings held it in the right position. All I had to do is lay it flat and apply the flame.

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snoopindaweb made it!(author)2011-05-22

Great Stuff, I used to be that steady HAR, of course a Flame and patience should do It. Thank You.! G-G

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dragonflydazd made it!(author)2011-04-18

i am not a butterfly person but i love this. you are very clever. this would look perfect hanging from anyones neck. i would definitely vote for it. can't wait for the instructable. i would love to try a dragonfly.........
thanks so much for sharing
dragonfly

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Mrballeng made it!(author)2011-04-18

Figuring out how to make it is the hard part. Actually making it isn't so tough. Thanks for the comment. I'll try my hand at a dragonfly next.

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GinnyBell made it!(author)2011-05-20

I love it! ! ! You are truly a gifted artist. Did you post the instructions? If you haven't, I'm really looking forward to trying my hand at the butterfly as well as the dragonfly. Pretty please with sugar on top.
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Mrballeng made it!(author)2011-05-21

Yes. It's under "steel butterfly pendant". Thanks for all those nice words.

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Keira_Yagami made it!(author)2011-04-18

Hmmmm, with a little bit of a longer body and a slight bit of work and you could make a Dragonfly the same way.

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fegundez1 made it!(author)2011-04-18

excellent looking was it difficult to make ? also dont be a slacker post the instructable pleeze i want to make one too

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Mrballeng made it!(author)2011-04-18

I'll have it posted by tonight.

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Gnara made it!(author)2011-04-18

Ahaha, when you said wood nail, i pictured a wooden nail..and was like "how did he make it look like metal!?!" ahaha

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