Table Leg Dragonflies... Metal Series

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!

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

Isn't that wire fun?

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

I added a vintage pulley at the tail

Woven wing detail...

Here's another woven wire wing dragonfly...

An aged key at the tail...

A latch for the eyes and the last little bit of my starry wire for the antenna...

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

An aged brick tie for the antenna and an odd little metal piece for the eyes.

This one has metal brick ties attached to another wire wing frame...

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

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

This dragonfly has a wooden body but it's with the other metal ones 
because I covered the body with stripes made from metal brick ties.

I hammered them around the shape of the body and secured with screws

Fun mismatched metal eyes and thumb screw antenna...

Layered block painted wing detail

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

Cute little black spindle body...

And wire frame wings covered with the metal screening and 
embellished with aged washers

That's it for the metal ones.... for now.
Thanks so much for checking them out

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Table Leg Dragonflies and Butterflies, More Zebra's and Peacocks

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

I really love the colors on the peacock wings

I adore animal prints, especially zebra...
You can check out the categories section to see the other animal prints I've made.

This one has green glass eyes and rusty antenna.

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 yellow zebra.

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

I also added this funky brass knob to the body.

This one is not officially "zebra"...it would be more of a tiger stripe in blue and orange for 
Auburn University.

A fun way to show team spirit...this one sold before I could even list it in my Etsy Store
People are serious about their teams!

Another zebra dragonfly...

I twisted the tines of an old fork for the antenna and used a rusty hinge for the eyes.

In my recent Architectural Angel post, I described how I turned a bunch of metal
pieces all rusty and aged using hydrogen peroxide and salt

Here's peacock wings again but this time edged with a lil' leopard print

up close...

A decorative metal piece for the eyes and twisty wire antenna

And one more dragonfly in the peacock series...
I love the distressed teal body on this one

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.
So...I'm thinking it's all good and I love the look of the antenna on my fantasy dragonflies! :)

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Colorful Architectural Angels

I wanted to share these angels I made recently.

I don't have a step by step because I was kind of winging it as I went along, 
combining pieces and parts like I love to do.

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

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

I attached an aged #4 house number and a rusty metal flower to the front of the 
blue and metallic gold dots body

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

A metal swirl becomes the halo.

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

Speaking of rusty roofing caps discs, I placed a question on my Facebook page asking 
how to make aluminum rusty...
Um...you can't...Duh... Head Slap.  I knew that. 
I was originally thinking of using pieces of colorful aluminum cans but I wanted them 
aged with rusty goodness...

BUT I had a box of tin discs, that I found while wandering the hardware isle in Home Depot one day...I'm such a hardware store geek... 
and I threw them in a plastic 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 get and had a line of plastic tubs down my driveway with metal rusting and aging in them. 
My poor neighbors.

The base is a wooden clock that I cut in half, added a fuschia wash of paint and 
turquoise dots

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

The wings are from a length of decorative wooden shelving...

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.

I put them on my mantel to show scale for the photo but now see that could be hard to determine since that clock is 4 feet in diameter, 
but the angel on the left is about 2 feet tall.

Thanks for checking them out!
You can also find them in my Etsy Store along with dragonflies, mermaids and mosaics.

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