How to Make Beaded Dragonflies

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While insects might inspire fear in some, dragonflies are popular in home decor and crafts. Dragonflies are harmless flying insects with long bodies and colorful wings. This whimsical-looking insect can be made from beads and used in earrings, pendants and other jewelry creations. The following instructions will make a 4-inch long dragonfly.

Things You'll Need

  • 28-gauge beading wire
  • Ruler
  • Wire clippers
  • Round-nose pliers
  • 55 small seed beads
  • Cut three pieces of wire 8-inches long and one piece 1/2-inch long.

  • Hold one 8-inch piece of wire about 1 inch from the end. String beads onto the wire, leaving 1 inch empty at the opposite end. There should be 1 inch of empty wire on both ends.

  • Twist the free ends of the wire together to make a circle. With your fingers pinch the wire at the twisted point and grasp the other side of the wire to make a figure eight. Twist the two sides together to secure the figure eight and form the wings. Repeat the process for one more piece of 8-inch wire.

  • Fold the remaining 8-inch wire in half, and twist a loop at the bent end. This will be the body of the dragonfly.

  • Fold the 1/2-inch wire in half. Thread this piece through the loop in the body, twist it in place and use the round-nose pliers to curl the ends of the wire slightly to make the antenna.

  • Thread three beads onto the folded wire of the body. The beads should go over both strands of wire at the same time.

  • Place both sets of wings between the two wires making the body and slide the wings up until they are flush with the beads you strung onto the wire.

  • Thread beads onto the remaining length of the wire body. Leave 1 inch free at the bottom.

  • Wrap the wire around the wire between the last two beads. Trim the remaining wire with clippers.

  • Adjust the body and wings until you are satisfied with the finished product.

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