When I started wire wrapping the thought of creating bookmarks never occurred to me. It was only when a friend requested I make her one that the thought crossed my mind, and even then I was stumped. How do you make a bookmark with stones and wire? How thick can the body of the piece be? Where can I wrap and where should I avoid wrapping to protect the book pages?
I thought for sure that I’d need to make a dozen to practice before discovering a design that worked. I was wrong. I quickly discovered a basic design which translates well to each bookmark I make. The body which goes into the book is a thick piece of copper wire, hammered into various shapes to provide rigidity and to make the bookmark lie flat. The part which hangs from the book is free hanging handmade chain, and is where I include embellishments like hammered swirls, wrapped stones, and various sized links.
Pyrite and Quartz and Iolite and Hematite Bookmarks.
I’ve gotten pretty fond of making them. The bottom on the body of the bookmark is probably my favorite part. It gives weight to the piece and enough surface area to keep the bookmark from falling out of your novel.