Dragonflies recycled art with Metal and Wire wings

wire wing dragonfly art recycled 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 had this great rusty wire with tiny little stars attached to it and really wanted to use it,
so I wrapped it around metal frame wings on a dragonfly.
I love the way it turned out and it sold right away...yay!

recycled dragonfly sculpture
I used old zipper pulls for the eyes and a put a rusty key on the body too.

rusty wire with rusty stars
Isn't that wire fun?

In the Jeweled Dragonfly post, I described how I make the 
wire frame for the wings

table leg dragonfly with wire wrapped wings
For this one with the lacy wire wings, 
I used the same wire frame design as above but this time 
wrapped it with thin rusty wire

using recycled elements in art
I added a vintage pulley at the tail

woven wire dragonfly wings
Woven wing detail...

wire wing dragonfly lucy designs
Here's another woven wire wing dragonfly...

metal key recycled art
An aged key at the tail...

mixed media dragonfly recycled art
A latch for the eyes and the last little bit of my starry wire for the antenna...

metal wing dragonfly art lucy designs
For this one I cut wing shapes out of a sheet of corrugated metal using
tin snips...

lucy designs dragonfly art
An aged brick tie for the antenna and an odd little metal piece for the eyes.

using brick ties in recycled art
This one has metal brick ties attached to another wire wing frame...

recycled metal art lucy designs
I hammered them down on the wire and they were very secure
and didn't need anything further to hold them on...

dragonfly recycled art
An old hinge on the body adds another pop of the silver color

metal brick ties dragonfly mixed media art
This dragonfly has a wooden body but I included it on this post 
because I covered the body with stripes made from metal brick ties.

metal strips on dragonfly body mixed media art
I hammered them around the shape of the body and secured with screws

recycled dragonfly art
Fun mismatched metal eyes and thumb screw antenna...

Layered block painted wing detail

mesh wing with metal washers dragonfly wings
And last but not least, this baby dragonfly with metal screen on the wings

recycled dragonfly art
Cute little black spindle body...

mesh wire dragonfly wings
And wire frame wings covered with the metal screening and 
embellished with aged washers
Thanks so much for checking them out

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Table Leg Dragonflies and Butterflies, Peacock and Zebra Hand Painted designs

peacock feather butterfly 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've been making a lot of butterflies and dragonflies lately!
The peacock design has been pretty popular so I made a few more

peacock hand painted design Lucy Designs
I really love the colors on the peacock wings

zebra butterfly art
I adore animal prints, especially zebra...

recycled butterfly art
This one has green glass eyes and rusty antenna.

yellow zebra dragonfly art
I had already made a yellow zebra butterfly and wanted to 
make a dragonfly with that design too.
I've even painted an armoire in the yellow zebra design.

spindle dragonfly body
I had small brass rivets I wanted to use so I predrilled holes 
and pounded the rivets into the wooden body

yellow dragonfly art
I also added this funky brass knob to the body.

Auburn Tiger garden art
This one is not officially "zebra", maybe more of a 
tiger stripe in blue and orange for Auburn University.

Auburn University garden recycled art
A fun way to show team spirit! This one sold before I could even 
list it in my Etsy StorePeople are serious about their teams!

zebra dragonfly recycled art
Another zebra dragonfly...

recycled fork as dragonfly antenna
I twisted the tines of an old fork for the antenna and used a rusty hinge for the eyes.
I rusted the hinge myself and described the process in a recent post.

lucy designs dragonfly with peacock design
Here's peacock wings again but this time edged with a lil' leopard print

peacock feather design edged in leopard print
up close...

recycled dragonfly art Lucy Designs
A decorative metal piece for the eyes and twisty wire antenna

Lucy Designs Peacock feather design on dragonfly
And one more dragonfly in the peacock series...
I love the distressed teal body on this one

hand painted peacock feather
detail...

I used two of my rusty washers and glass beads for the eyes and rusty wire antenna.

Hey, did you know that dragonflies only have very small antenna 
that you usually can't even see?
I only know because I get a lot of emails telling me this LOL :)

Yes, most of my dragonflies have large antenna along with zebra, 
peacock feather, seashell, flag or other types of painted wings... 
which I've never seen on a real dragonfly.
I'm thinking it's all good and I love the look of the antenna on my fantasy dragonflies.
Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Angel Recycled Art, Colorful Architectural Angel Art

colorful recycled angel art
I wanted to share these angels I made recently.
They are a combination of recycled pieces and parts along
with hand painted elements.

angel art Lucy Designs
This one has a large finial for the top part of the body and part of a large  
wooden candlestick for the bottom half

colorful painted angel
Stacked wood with very distressed/layered paint finishes painted in fun 
colors forms the base and ceramic knobs become the feet.

recycled elements in fun and funky art
I attached an aged #4 house number and a rusty metal flower to the front 
of the body painted in blue with metallic gold dots.

angel back view
View from the back...The wings are pieces from a chair...I think(?)

recycled art angel
A metal swirl becomes the halo.

hand painted angel yellow and pink
The body of the second one started out at a wooden column piece that I cut in half.
Painted in mustard and fuchsia checks and added rusty roofing cap discs.

I rusted the tin discs by placing in a bucket with hydrogen peroxide and salt.
It worked great! I should have taken a pic because I got all excited and 
started adding more metal pieces, washers, house numbers, etc to see
 what kind of effect I would end up with.
I have since added vinegar to the mix to create rusty and aged pieces.

recycled and painted wood pieces for art
The base is a wooden clock that I cut in half, added a fuschia wash 
of paint and turquoise dots. You can still make out the clock numerals 
under the paint wash.

purple hinges
I already had this hinge from another project that I had painted purple
 with yellow polka dots so I attached it to the front.

decorative wood for angel wing art
The wings are from a length of decorative wooden shelving...

recycled angel halo
The head is a combo of a wooden candlestick top, a giant metal washer and 
a metal hook with that sun design that I thought looked cool for the halo.

recycled art angels
They are quite large, the angel on the left is about 2 feet tall.
Thanks for reading about my recycled angels!

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