Dragonfly crafts can be easily made using beads and metal wire. The same design can be customised in different ways by varying the colour, shape and size of the beads. Use Swarovski crystals to make a dragonfly that sparkles. Seed and pony beads in primary colours make a kid-friendly dragonfly. Attach the dragonflies to barrettes, headbands or pins to make fashionable jewellery.
Cut a 40-inch piece of wire using scissors. When you choose your wire, be sure that four strands of wire can fit through the large beads. String one seed bead onto the middle of the wire and twist the wire to secure the bead in place.
Bring both ends of the wire together, and string one of the larger beads onto both wires. Pull the two wires apart, one to the right and one to the left, for the wings.
Begin the dragonfly's rightwing by stringing 15 seed beads of the same colour on the right-hand wire.
Grip the wire with the tips of the round-nose bead pliers as close as possible to the fifteenth bead. Wrap the wire around one of the pliers' tips to make a small loop about the size of one of the seed beads. Twist the loop once to secure.
String 17 beads on the wire starting at the loop and going back toward the dragonfly's body. Twist the working wire around the base wire -- where you started the original strand of 15 beads -- to secure.
String 17 more beads on the wire back up the wing toward the loop. String the wire through the loop so it points back down the wire toward the body. String 20 more beads. Twist the wire again at the base to secure.
Use the other colour of seed beads to repeat steps 3 through 6 to make another four-strand wing just below the first. Push the bottom wing close to the top wing so that it sits partially under the top wing. Adjust the beaded strands to close any gaps.
Repeat steps 3 through 7 using the left-hand wire to make the dragonfly's two leftwings.
Bring the two strands of wire together. String five to six of the big beads through both wires to create the rest of the dragonfly's body.
String one final seed bead through both wires. String the two wires through the second-to-last bead (not the seed bead) and the rest of the beads in the dragonfly's body. Pull tight so the wire doesn't gap around the seed bead. Cut the excess wire.
Cover your work surface with a piece of felt or other cloth to prevent beads from rolling away.
Tips and warnings
- Cover your work surface with a piece of felt or other cloth to prevent beads from rolling away.
Things you need
- Seed beads in two coordinating colours
- Larger beads in a coordinating colour
- 28- to 32-gauge craft wire
- Round-nose bead pliers