Thought I would show you a few details of my latest dragonflies.
To see the others I've made in the past,
just click the dragonflies/butterflies link on the
left under Categories
I spotted these graffiti inspired metal plaques at Michaels craft store
and thought they would make interesting wings.
I cut wing shapes out with tin snips.
To further distress the metal, I beat the daylights out of them using a hammer,
chain, pliers and anything else I had within reach.
I rubbed a little brown paint on then wiped off leaving the color
in the dings I made.
A random swirled metal piece I put on the tail...
These are...well, not really sure what they are!
They seem to be made out of clay and they aren't buttons but
little decorative pieces that I thought would be fun to use for the eyes.
Here's another version made with the metal plaques.
For this dragonfly, I used 4 metal vintage ceiling tiles that I had on hand
for these wings...don't have a "before" pic.
I used the same process of cutting out wing shapes with tin snips but on
these I kept the existing tile color and painted the dragonfly body to match.
Funky little finial I had that I put on the end of the tail.
Vintage escutcheons for eyes and metal drawer pulls for antenna.
I cut these wings out of ceiling fan blades then painted.
Base of soft green with swirls, topped with distressed pink and
random fleur-de-lis stamped images. I gave it an
allover brown wash at the end to tone it all down.
More vintage metal drawer pulls for antenna and eyes.
I hope you aren't tired of my dragonflies because I will have a few more
to show you soon using a fun technique with stencils and patching
compound. Update...see them here.
I am no longer creating these dragonflies but visit my Etsy store
to see what I'm working on these days.
Thanks for stopping by!