Table Leg Dragonfly with Beaded Wire Wings, Recycled Art

table leg dragonfly beaded wings
Update as of Spring 2016, I'm no longer making the dragonflies.
I sincerely appreciate all the past orders, thank you!
Please visit my new online shop featuring my coastal and 
nature themed mosaics. 
I used to make dragonflies long before I first blogged about them
and would use wire for the wing shape and cover with window screen 
and attach beads or glue painted canvas to the wire wing form.

recycled art dragonfly with beaded wings
I don't have an instructional but I made the wings with thick wire,
then filled the insides of the wings with thinner wire and glass beads.

beaded dragonfly wings
There's no real method to the bead placement,
I kind of add them in a random pattern.

copper wire for dragonfly antenna
Copper wire antenna and metal pieces for the eyes...
Please...no more emails telling me dragonflies don't have antenna!
These are whimsical creations and I added big swirly antenna to some of them. 😃

table leg recycled art dragonfly
He has a pretty turquoise blue body...

Lucy Designs dragonfly
I also added a metal piece at the tail for a pop of color,  believe it is a
washing machine hose clamp.

table leg dragonfly beaded wings
This style is quite a bit more time consuming to make but 
he turned out great.

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Thanks for stopping by!

Table leg dragonly with seashell wings, Beach Dragonfly Recycled Art

recycled fan blade dragonfly
Update as of Spring 2016, I'm no longer making the dragonflies.
I sincerely appreciate all the past orders, thank you!
Please visit my new online shop featuring my coastal and 
nature themed mosaics. 
Here's a dragonfly I made a while back with seashell wings and I 
never wrote a post about it but wanted to share with you...

seashell recycled dragonfly art
I added a shell finial at the bottom by drilling a small hole in the shell 
and attaching with a screw

shell dragonfly
I used ceramic tile adhesive to attach the shells
  
recycled art dragonfly
I used a fun metal piece for the eyes and brick tie antenna...

attach wings to recycled fan blade dragonfly
I get lots of emails and questions about how I attach the wings so here's
a photo of the back. I use screws, predrill your holes! Depending on your
table leg or spindle, you just have to play around with placement of the wings
in order to have 2 screws per wing.
Thanks for stopping by!

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Croquet Mallet Dragonfly Art, Recycled dragonfly art

croquet mallet dragonfly
Update as of Spring 2016, I'm no longer making the dragonflies.
I sincerely appreciate all the past orders, thank you!
Please visit my new online shop featuring my coastal and 
nature themed mosaics. 
Croquet Mallet Dragonfly...

croquet mallet recycled art
I saw this set at Restore and immediately thought "dragonfly"...


hand painted croquet mallet design on dragonfly wings
I cut the wings out of Luan and painted with the same
stripes that are on the handle of the mallet...

croquet mallet dragonfly art
I normally screw the wings in from the back into the table leg or spindle but since 
the mallet handle is so thin, I drilled two holes through the wings and mallet,
inserted a machine screws and attached with wing nuts in the front...

croquet mallet wickets
I even used the wickets that came with the set to make the antenna,
I drilled two holes through the "head" of the dragonfly and 
inserted the wire wicket...

recycled croquet dragonfly
I gave them a little curl at the top with pliers.
Please, no need to email me to tell me dragonflies don't have visible antenna!
These are whimsical creations and I like adding the antenna :)

hand painted croquet mallet dragonfly
Thanks for checking out my croquet dragonfly.

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Dragonfly art, recycled table leg dragonfly art in Peacock and Zebra designs

hand painted peacock feather art
Update as of Spring 2016, I'm no longer making the dragonflies.
I sincerely appreciate all the past orders, thank you!
Please visit my new online shop featuring my coastal and 
nature themed mosaics. 
I just finished two peacock dragonflies with textured wings...

hand painted dragonfly
I painted the body black and added dots and stripes...

textured art
I used Flexall, type of joint compound, for the wings.
I applied the Flexall, then made the larger part of the pattern using my 
fingers and the outer edges with a notched squeegee. 

drawer pull recycled art dragonfly head
Copper strap antenna and a drawer pull for eyes...

peacock feather art dragonfly
Here's another peacock...

textured peacock feather
and the wings have a green background...

attach dragonfly wings fan blade dragonfly Lucy Designs
A pic of the back since I get so many emails and questions
asking how I attach the wings.
I use screws, 2 per wing.

zebra hand painted design
I also made a few more zebra designs since the last ones went pretty 
quickly, and some of these have already sold too.
You guys must love zebra and animal prints as much as I do!

spindle dragonfly body
This guy has vintage glass knobs for the eyes and a
recycled lamp harp for the antenna....

If you want to use harps in this way, 
you will need a vice to bend them since they are super thick and 
reeeeally hard to bend.

hand painted zebra dragonfly
I love painting zebra print! You can search my page for "zebra" and
 see lots of zebra things I've made in the past,
including yellow zebra.

hand painted zebra butterfly
I made another zebra butterfly...

recycled house numbers butterfly antenna
I used  "#9" house numbers for the antenna on this one...

wood butterfly body
The body is a chair leg and I added a smaller piece of wood on top
with mismatched glass bead eyes....

wings on wooden butterfly
I cut the wings out of Luan, sometimes called "Underlayment".
And another pic of how the wings are attached...
don't forget to predrill your holes first...trust me

zebra dragonfly art
This is a dark brown zebra dragonfly, 
he's already on his way to his new home...

I used a metal piece on the body...

do dragonflies have antenna
More mismatched glass bead eyes and copper plumbing strap
for the antenna....Did you know that dragonflies really only
have very tiny antenna that you can hardly see?
I have been reminded of that many times with emails from people LOL.
In my mind, these are whimsical creations so I think a few 
swirly antenna are perfectly fine 😎

table leg butterfly art
Then I made a black and white zebra butterfly with the
coolest carved wood body...

lamp harp as art piece
More lamp harp antenna and glass bead eyes...


recycled metal pieces in mixed media art
I added this unknown metal piece because I thought it looked funky

black and white funky dragonfly art Lucy Designs
Since I'm on to the black and white, I'll show you 
this one too even though it's not a zebra or a peacock...

painted wooden dragonfly body
He has a fun painted polka dot body...

silverware antenna dragonfly art
I bent and curled silverware for the antenna.

ceiling fan blade dragonfly
The wings are ceiling fan blades that came with these decorative
brass pieces on the ends, I cut the holes out with a 
hole cutting bit on the drill.
Thanks for stopping by and checking out the dragonflies!

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Mixed Media Butterfly Art Recycled Art, Funky 5ft Butterfly

giant wooden recycled butterfly
Update as of 2014, I'm no longer creating these giant butterflies.
I sincerely appreciate all the past orders, thank you!
Please visit my new online shop featuring my coastal and 
nature themed mosaics. 
this is another project that has been sitting in my
garage for about a year waiting to get his wings and today was the day.

(I'm sorry you had to see my fence that needs to be pressure washed)

picture frame molding giant butterfly
This wasn't my first oversized piece...
Do you remember this recycled giant butterfly I made?

recycled butterfly art
It's a big one...as in a little over 5ft wide.

plywood wings cut out for giant butterfly
I cut the wings out of plywood...
in hindsight, I would not have used 4 separate wings but...

wooden plywood wings for butterfly art sculpture
Since I did make separate wings, I attached it all together 
on the back with a wood cut out, wood glue and screws

wood shims in herringbone pattern for butterfly wall art
I took extra long wood shims and glue and started making a 
herringbone pattern with them.
I also used shims on one of my dragonflies, they are fun and inexpensive to work with.

wood shims on plywood for butterfly art
This is how it looked before I cut the wing shape out.

wooden shims applied to wood cut out wings
from the back...

wood shim herringbone pattern butterfly wing
I cut the edges of the shims off with the jigsaw following the wing shape.

recycled galvanized metal fence post caps
One happy day, I found this big box of metal chain link fence post caps
at Restore for 7 bucks for the whole box.
I thought I could incorporate them in the design somehow.

large hole cutting drill bit
As luck would have it, I had a hole cutting bit the exact size as the metal caps

wooden recycled art butterfly wings
I made a design around the edge for the caps.
I didn't cut all the way through with the hole cutting bit, but made
areas where I could place the caps...I applied glue and
pounded them in with a rubber mallet

large wooden butterfly wall sculpture art
The body is flat...

wooden finial on butterfly body
I added a finial to the bottom

metal brick ties recycled art
I added brick ties to the body...

recycled metal star shape
I had saved this galvanized star that used to be a lid to a candle and it fit 
perfectly behind the body of the butterfly...
it pays to be a hoarder sometimes

wooden butterfly body
You can see the star and brick ties on the body in this pic

galvanized metal recycled into art
I had these large metal I have no idea what they are  pieces
 and combined them with rusty nuts for the eyes...

giant wooden butterfly
I used a large wrought iron piece for the antenna...

wooden shims in pattern for wings of butterfly
Gave the whole thing a gray-whitewashed-driftwood colored finish...

over sized wooden butterfly art in whitewashed gray
and it was done!

hand made giant wooden butterfly
I hung it on my fence to get photos but it is indoor use only.
This butterfly had a metamorphosis!... Check out his new look here.

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I still have items and reduced original paintings in my Etsy shop as well.

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