Intro: Butterfly Bookmark/Pendant
Tired of lacking a bookmark whenever you're in dire need of one? (and hate dog-eared pages? God forbid..) Like to wear necklaces with butterfly pendants? Then this is the perfect project for you!
I came up with the design for the butterfly a while ago when I was fiddling with some leftover copper wire from a physics project. The bookmark function didn't occur to me until I was scrambling for one, and I later thought it would look nice as a pendant (I like wings; just look at my username). My pragmatic side loved the practicality, and my inner bookworm just said "Finally." before shoving her nose into another novel.
And thus you have the duel-function butterfly in front of you. It's as perfect as a love story; I know (humor intended).
Step 1: Materials
- thick and thin wire (I used 20 and 28 gauge silver-colored wire.)
- jump ring (or make one with your wire)
- necklace chain
- pencil and paper
Step 2: First Half of Wing
Note: The pictures will be far more useful than the typed instructions below.
Begin by making a small loop at the end of your wire. Then curve the wire up and make loop to mark the tip of the wing. Afterward, curve the wire back down.
Step 3: Second Half of Wing
Make a small hill along the edge of the wing and start a curve for the second half. Make a loop like in the first half to mark the tip of the bottom part of the wing. Then curve the rest of the wire as shown above in the pictures.
Step 4: Other Wing
Make the other wing by using your first one as a guide.
Step 5: Body
Arrange the wings next to each other and use a pencil to draw a template for the butterfly body so you know how long it has to be. The design for the body is basically a really long and thin U with two circles/swirls (antenna) on top.To make that, take your wire and bend one end into a swirl. Then use your template to bend the place where the bottom of the U will be. Only do this part for now; you'll finish the body later after wing attachment.
Step 6: Attaching Wing to Body
Use your thinner wire to wrap the wing to the body (see the pictures above) .
Step 7: Attaching Other Wing
Repeat the previous steps to attach the other wing to the other half of the body.
Step 8: Finishing Body and Antenna
Once you've attached both wings, cut short the wire still attached to the body, making sure you leave enough room to curl the end to complete the other antennae. Then, as you may have guessed, curl the end to complete the other antennae.
Step 9: Final Touches
Insert a jump ring through one of the spirals of an antennae and then use it to attach the butterfly to chain for a necklace.
Anndddd you're done! Now when you're in dire need of a bookmark, you can just open the jump ring, remove the butterfly, and use it to save your page.
NOTE: I think it'd be a good idea to add another small charm or bead to the necklace so that when you do remove the butterfly, your necklace won't just be a plain chain. Just a thought.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and find it useful!