February 24, 2012

Table leg recycled Dragonflies in Graffiti, Pink Parisian and Tin Tile Wings Designs

Thought I would show you a few details of my latest dragonflies.
Update as of April 2016, I'm no longer creating the dragonflies,
thank you for all your past orders. 
Please visit my new online store featuring my mosaic art 
in coastal and nature themes and coastal ornaments.

To see all the dragonflies I've made in the past, 
click the dragonflies/butterflies section 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
I 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.

Wing closeup 

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 the stencil wing dragonflies.

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  1. Hi Lucy! I so enjoy seeing your art. You are one creative lady :)

  2. How did you attach the wings (ceiling fans)

  3. what size are the legs? I really want to try to make one for my mother. She is 85 and loves butterflies and her birds. Thank you for any advice you can give me.

    1. Hi Melinda, you can really use any size. I've made super large or mini ones using a small spindle from a chair. So any size can work :)


I've moved to Lucydesignsart.com to focus on my mosaic art. I'm no longer creating dragonflies or mermaids.

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