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A duel-function butterfly to satisfy your bookmark needs..
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).

Posted by Conn from San Francisco, California, United States • Published See Conn's 100 projects »
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  • How to make a wire wrapped pendant. Butterfly Bookmark/Pendant  - Step 1
    Step 1

    Start by making a small loop at the end of your wire.

  • How to make a wire wrapped pendant. Butterfly Bookmark/Pendant  - Step 2
    Step 2

    Then curve the wire up and begin to bend back in preparation for a loop.

  • How to make a wire wrapped pendant. Butterfly Bookmark/Pendant  - Step 3
    Step 3

    Complete the loop. This loop will mark the tip of your wing.
    Notice which part of the wire is on top of which part. This is important.

  • How to make a wire wrapped pendant. Butterfly Bookmark/Pendant  - Step 4
    Step 4

    Afterward, curve the wire back down and create a little hill along the edge of the wing.

  • How to make a wire wrapped pendant. Butterfly Bookmark/Pendant  - Step 5
    Step 5

    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.
    Again, notice which part of the wire is on top of which part.

  • How to make a wire wrapped pendant. Butterfly Bookmark/Pendant  - Step 6
    Step 6

    Cut the wire end short...

  • How to make a wire wrapped pendant. Butterfly Bookmark/Pendant  - Step 7
    Step 7

    and curl the end into a small circle.
    One wing done!

  • How to make a wire wrapped pendant. Butterfly Bookmark/Pendant  - Step 8
    Step 8

    Make the other wing by using your first one as a guide.

  • How to make a wire wrapped pendant. Butterfly Bookmark/Pendant  - Step 9
    Step 9

    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.

  • How to make a wire wrapped pendant. Butterfly Bookmark/Pendant  - Step 10
    Step 10

    Take your wire and bend one end into a swirl.

  • How to make a wire wrapped pendant. Butterfly Bookmark/Pendant  - Step 11
    Step 11

    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 and other antennae later after wing attachment.

  • How to make a wire wrapped pendant. Butterfly Bookmark/Pendant  - Step 12
    Step 12

    Use your thinner wire to wrap the bottom part of the wing to the bottom of the U.

  • How to make a wire wrapped pendant. Butterfly Bookmark/Pendant  - Step 13
    Step 13

    Wrap the wire along the small hill OR you could wrap the wire along the thicker wire below the hill. That will make the butterfly's wings harder to "flutter."

  • How to make a wire wrapped pendant. Butterfly Bookmark/Pendant  - Step 14
    Step 14

    Use the thin wire to wrap the top part of the wing to the upper part of the body close to the antennae.

  • How to make a wire wrapped pendant. Butterfly Bookmark/Pendant  - Step 15
    Step 15

    Cut the thin wire short and use pliers to press the end as flat and close to the body as possible.

  • How to make a wire wrapped pendant. Butterfly Bookmark/Pendant  - Step 16
    Step 16

    Repeat the previous steps to attach the other wing to the other half of the body.

  • How to make a wire wrapped pendant. Butterfly Bookmark/Pendant  - Step 17
    Step 17

    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. Bend the body's U so that the two wings are close together.

  • How to make a wire wrapped pendant. Butterfly Bookmark/Pendant  - Step 18
    Step 18

    Curl the other end to complete the other antennae, and your butterfly is finished.

  • How to make a wire wrapped pendant. Butterfly Bookmark/Pendant  - Step 19
    Step 19

    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!

  • How to make a wire wrapped pendant. Butterfly Bookmark/Pendant  - Step 20
    Step 20

    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!

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Kinhime Dragon
Kinhime Dragon · Denton, Texas, US · 662 projects
Reminds me of My Key to the Hall of Enchantments brooch, or Wire work fairy wings
Conn
Conn · San Francisco, California, US · 134 projects
Ah awesome! I really like that some of your projects are inspired by dreams you have; it's really creative of you.
Kinhime Dragon
Kinhime Dragon · Denton, Texas, US · 662 projects
Oh, my gosh it's such an honor to hear you say that
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CO + K User

This is adorable, love it!
Conn
Conn · San Francisco, California, US · 134 projects
Thanks so much for your nice comment! :3
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