It looks a lot more classy than a scrap of paper in your book.
You can choose to make it simple, or add eyes, mouth and as much detail as you desire.
Step 1: Tools and Materials
2.5 mm Silver thread
1.5 mm Silver thread
Anvil or similar
400 grit sandpaper
Glass of water
Step 2: Eyes
If you want to make eyes, this is how I did it.
First, I shaped two attached eyes with a file from a 1.5 mm thick silver thread.
Shaping them like this makes it a lot easier to solder them onto the wire than if you make two beeds.
I am assuming you know how to solder silver if you have the tools for this.
If you want to learn about soldering silver, have a look at this instructable
Step 3: Make the Mouth
After sawing hammer the sides of the mouth carefully with the peening hammer. This streches the silver, and makes the mouth open.
Step 4: Shape the Neck
Step 5: Roll or Hammer Flat
As you flatten the wire, it is going to grow quite a bit in length. When using a hammer, it can easily warp because of this if you hammer one side more than the other. this can be used as a way to shape the silver if you pay attention too it.
When the silver is suitably flat, cut it to the desired length.
Step 6: Pattern
After hamering, sand it lightly with fine sand paper. I used 400 grit. This sands the oxidation of the high points and brings out the pattern.
Step 7: Pollish and Use