Making Beaded Dragonflies

Several months ago my grand-daughter was watching some movies on my computer and came across a beaded dragonfly tutorial I had downloaded from You-Tube. She created a couple and insisted that I do it with her. Well, ever since I have been making them into earrings, put them inside bottlecaps, broach/pins, barrettes and I even may make them into key chain charms. Once, you get the basics down you can experiment with different size and types of beads. I think the basic thing to remember is that the top wings are longer than the bottom wings so keep count as you go. In real life dragonflies do not have curling antenna but it looks pretty cool when you have them.

I prefer 26-gauge wire and seed beads for those that I am making into earrings and larger beads and 24-gauge wire for things like broaches and barrettes. I also like to mix up the colors for the top and bottom wings. Sometimes the same colors for everything but the middle tips. The lighter colors on the bottom and darker colors on the top makes for a dramatic effect and using bicone crystals for the bottom of the tail and head beads are nice as well.
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Beaded Dragonflies

DragonFlyPins (8)Several weeks ago I bought some vintage Japanese pearls that were purportedly from the 1970s. Someone was cleaning out their mother’s beading supplies after she had passed and had a bulk quantity of various types and styles of beads. Now, I love working with pearls and crystals so I decided to buy some and use them on a couple of projects. One in particular was introduced to me by my granddaughter who was staying the summer with us. She watched a You-Tube video on my computer that I had downloaded last year but never got around to viewing yet. After several viewings she made a very nice dragonfly that she wanted to attached to a pin back and give to her mom. So, we got to work experimenting with colors, shapes and sizes of beads and produced about 15 different ones. Some we made into broaches and others she made into key chain charms. When I posted the pictures online a cousin wanted one immediately so we mailed it off. Then I posted a couple online to sell and my granddaughter gave the rest away to her friends at a birthday party.
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