for Using Butterfly Wing Canes
By Alan Vernall
|Wing canes of the
type described in my previous article (see pcPolyzine
November 2003) may be
used in a great variety of ways. I’ve been asked to give details of the
jewellery and ornaments that I’ve made with them.
usually made in the form of a complete butterfly, i.e., a body with
placed between two cane slices to create the whole animal.
by taking a
length of coloured wire and twist it around a small rod former to
create a ‘Y’
shape (see photo) Next, take a small piece of a dark clay (gold, brown
black) and wrap it around the lower part of the ‘Y’ of wire, so that
arms protrude from the
clay, as antennae. Then the wing slices are
either side of the body. The whole assembly is then placed on a flat or
slightly curved surface depending on the required angle of the wings.
stage, features of the body can be pressed into the clay.
also be formed about an armature of wire that has been sharpened and
through the loop at the base of the ‘Y’. The sharpened point of the
become a stickpin in the finished brooch. If 1mm brass wire is used for
armature, then standard 1mm stickpin caps can be used to retain the pin
protect the wearer of the brooch. The caps are obtainable from jewellery findings suppliers at reasonable
If no armature
was used, then after baking, a standard brooch pin can be attached to
of the butterfly using epoxy glue or TLS.
Necklaces: The same general
technique as above is used if the butterfly is to be made into a
Instead of a wire mount or a brooch back, some other means of attaching
chain is used. One can either, drill small holes near each of the
and attach jump-rings, or, instead
of the antennae-wire,
the body could be
formed around an eye-pin with the eye protruding from the top. The
then be hung using the eye of the pin. Another, possibly better method
a butterfly pendant is to twist two eye-pins together at their straight
so that when they protrude, they resemble antennae.