Dragonflies - Layered Paint, Metal Wings and Wire Wings

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I think a have one table leg dragonfly left from the last batch, 
the rest have all sold, so I thought I would make more.  
You can see the last group HERE 

I used the same process but did different types of wings this time...

Corrugated metal wings...

I only had enough of this for one dragonfly...

I found these squiggly metal strap at Restore...

I made wire frames for the wings and bent the straps around the frame in a zig zag pattern...

....And did another with more of a striped look.

This one has all wire wings.

Again... made a wire frame and wrapped different wires around that...


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For these two, I used the last of my ceiling fan blades from the last set of dragonflies...

Those ceiling fan blades came in handy...
I also used them on this dog bed from an end table 

I cut the fan blades into more of a wing shape with the jig saw...

I made these look super distressed using paint and a block of wood....

You take a scrap of wood....

dunk it in some paint...

...and "paint" your surface with it.  
It goes on unevenly giving you a nice worn, chippy paint look.

You just layer....

and layer...

...and layer the paint,
 using whatever colors you like
The best part about this technique is you can't mess it up, you just "block" it on...
The hardest part is waiting for each layer to dry before
 you "block" on another color or you'll have a blended mess.

I made 3 beachy looking ones with wood wings...

I use screws to attach the wings to the backs of the bodies...

I used lots of different things for the eyes too... 
mostly stuff I had on hand... just pieces and parts

More rusty metal eyes

and more random metal pieces for eyes... 


These eyes are beads from a necklace.
The antennae are more of those awesomely awesome squiggle metal straps

I had enough copper plumbing strap for a pair of antennae...

For the rest, I used wire...I made them really oversized this time...Love!

Most of these are REALLY big...some almost 4 feet tall, including the antenna,
all waiting to go to my shop where I sell my pieces.

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