Beaded Dragonfly Tutorial, wire and glass bead table leg dragonfly art DIY

table leg dragonfly how to
Update as of Spring 2016, I'm no longer making the dragonflies.
I sincerely appreciate all the past orders, thank you!
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nature themed mosaics. 
My latest beaded wing dragonfly, or see one of my other beaded wing dragonflies..
I wanted to share a tutorial on how I make them so you can create your own.

It's a lot of arrows, hope you can understand it...and excuse my
painted up hands, I was working on other projects at the same time :)

beaded wing dragonfly DIY
Paint your spindle or table leg that you will use for the body and drill 3 holes
towards the top of the body. You won't be able to paint it after you've beaded.

The middle hole needs to be bigger than the other two
since it will need to accommodate 3 passes of the wire.
I use approx 12 gauge wire, it needs to be pretty sturdy.

wire for beaded dragonfly wing
The wing structure will be made with one continuous piece of wire.

For wings that are about 12" long each, I estimate and cut approximately 
9 feet of the heavy duty wire. You can find rolls of this all purpose wire
in the picture hanging sections of home improvement stores.

I'll go ahead and tell you it will be like wrestling a baby alligator working
with that length of wire and getting it to cooperate but just take your time
and it will all come together!

creating wings for table leg dragonfly
Make the loop to keep the wire from coming through the other side...


DIY tutorial beaded dragonfly art
After you've made the loop on the left, make a wing shape and 
thread through the top right hole, into the body and come out
at the top left hole...

tutorial for table leg dragonfly with wire wings
Make another wing shape out to the left then thread the wire
back through the middle hole

how to create wire wing dragonly
This is how it should be so far...two top wings and the end of the wire
coming out the middle hole on the right side.

recycled dragonfly art
Make another wing shape and thread end of the wire through
 the bottom hole from right to left...

table leg dragonfly art Lucy Designs
This shows the wire coming out of the left bottom hole.
Make another wing shape and ...

thread it back through the large middle hole to the other side.

DIY table leg dragonfly beaded wings
This is the end of the wire coming out the middle hole on the right side...
If you estimated correctly, you'll probably have around 9" left.
Better to have some left than not enough!

how to create dragonfly art
Cut excess and make another loop to keep the wire from coming out...

table leg dragonfly with wire wings
You'll end up with something like this, adjust and shape the wings as needed...

beads for beaded dragonfly art
Gather your beads...I use glass beads and about 30+
medium sized beads per wing with a few smaller and larger beads
mixed in as well.

beaded dragonfly tutorial
Get thinner wire to thread the beads, approx 20 gauge is what I use...

I use wire in a lot of projects and this is a spool I already had
so it's what I used.  It just needs to be thin enough so it
will thread through your beads

beaded dragonfly wings
I cut smaller pieces of the thin wire at a time and then start winding
and weaving the wire onto the wings adding beads as I go.
I don't have a particular method, just kind of create as I go along

tutorial glass bead dragonfly wings
You'll end up with something similar to this and that's it!

table leg dragonfly art
I added shell button/beads for the eyes on this one...

recycled art
Uncoiled metal conduit for the antenna...
This is a fun material to use, I also used it in my

brick ties in recycled art
I used a wavy brick tie to embellish the body...

beaded dragonfly art
Another wing view...

how to make beaded wing dragonfly
He's ready to go.
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7 comments:

  1. Now he is really cute!

    :)
    mikky
    www.todaloos.com

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  2. I laid my creative side down many years ago. I love looking at your DIY stuff, it is sturring something on my insides...I am going to find my happy place again and go to work making cool and fun stuff. Linda

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  3. I laid my creative side down many years ago. I love looking at your DIY stuff, it is sturring something on my insides...I am going to find my happy place again and go to work making cool and fun stuff. Linda

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  4. I am in such awe of your creative talents! I'm still trying to find the right key to unlock mine...LOL! Thanks for sharing such an awesome tutorial for these beauties! Blessings!

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  5. Absolutely love and appreciate the tutorial! You are so kind to share with us! Love your work and all your little embellishments. I do the bead work for pendulums in my clocks and it is such fun. Never thought of using it for wings!

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  6. I forgot to check the email for follow up comments! Guess I am untrainable at www.carolynsfunkyfurniture.blogspot.com Lol

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