Dragonflies are a popular motif for women's jewellery. Beaded dragonfly designs are especially attractive and can be sparkly and unique to the person who makes or wears them. These types of wearable art are versatile and can be made into earrings, pendants, charms and pins. You'll need only a few minutes and a few beads to make one, which allows flexibility in creating the pieces.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- 4 10-mm dagger beads
- 4 4-mm bi-cone crystals
- 7 10/0 seed beads
- 6 inches of 24-gauge beading wire
- 1 head pin
- 1 pin attachment with a flat face
- Round nose pliers
- Wire cutters
Begin with the head pin. Thread on three bi-cone crystals, alternating between each with a seed bead.
Use the pliers to make a loop with the remaining top part of the head pin. You may have to trim a bit to make the loop; you only want about 3/8 of an inch to make the loop.
Thread the 6-inch length of wire through the loop you just made in the head pin. On one side, thread on a seed bead, two dagger beads and a seed bead. Repeat this on the other side.
Bring both ends of the wires together to make a loop with the seed beads and dagger bead. Wrap the right end of the wire around the left end twice. Snip the end of the wire on the back side of the dragonfly.
Lay the flat face of the pin attachment under the circle made from the wings and use the pliers to thread the left end of the wire through one of the holes on the pin attachment. Continue threading through the holes until the dragonfly is secure against the pin attachment.
If your pin doesn't have holes for the wire, keep the piece flat against the circle and wrap twice around the base of the pin. Then, bring the tail up and wrap once around the loop on the head pin and snip the remaining wire.
Tips and warnings
- You can use different sizes of beads and bi-cones to create different-sized dragonflies.
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