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October 2005 Beaded Dragonfly Brooch

You can find a variety of Free Arts and Craft Project here, including beaded project and other project.  This month's project is a beaded dragonfly brooch using a combination of colored seed beads and wire.

The pictorials are illustrated with spaces between beads for a clearer direction, in the actual beading, there should be no spaces.

Beaded Dragonfly Brooch :

What you need:

1)    Seed beads of two different colors (size 11/0
) 
2)    Beading wire (30 gauge or 25 gauge if your bead hole size is bigger)

Step 1: (Body) Start by cutting a piece of wire, around 25 to 30cm long.  Make sure you fold the wire into half to mark the middle point of the wire and you will be working with both ends of this wire.

Starting with the tail of the dragonfly body, pick up two beads with one end of the wire, pass the other end of the wire through the last added bead (remember to pull tight). 
Continue the tail by adding one bead at a time and cross the wires and pull tight. Repeat until you have 10 beads lining up in a row (see picture on step 2) or if you prefer a shorter tail you can stop at 7 beads.
Step 2: Continue the body by adding two beads each time now, cross the wire back through both added beads and pull tight. Repeat this two bead step again. (which means two rows of two - look at step 3 picture)
Step 3: Continue the body by adding three beads each time now, cross the wire back through all three added beads and pull tight. Repeat this three bead step again two more times. (which means three rows of three beads - look at step 4 picture)
Step 4: Now that you have the idea, we will go a little faster: now add two beads like step 2 and then add 3 beads (note: this 3 beads should be of mixed color as the two at the side are for the eyes - you can use black or red) Pull tight and for the excess wires, try to go back through the two beads at the bottom of the eyes, better still try to go back as far as you can go and then cut away the excess.
Step 5: (The Wings - Top Wings) Start off by cutting a piece of wire around 50 to 60 cm long, fold to find the center point of the wire.

Start by adding two beads on one end of the wire, then another 3 beads but hold on to the three beads and pass the other end of the wire through these 3 beads, pull tight. 

Continue expanding the wing by adding 4, then 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 8, 7, 5, 3. (see the step 6 picture for a better idea)
Step 6: Remember to end off by tugging the excess wires back through the bottom row (5 beads row) before cutting away the excess.

This is the one of the top wings so you have to make two of this, by repeating step 5 again.
Step 7: The bottom wing:  quite similar to step 5, cut a wire slightly shorter around 40 to 50cm, find the center of the wire, and start the same way as step 5.  
2 beads, then 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 8, 8, 8, 8, 6, 4. (see picture on the right for a better idea)

Remember to make 2 of this too for the two bottom wings.
Step 8: Joining: Cut a short 10 cm piece of wire, pass it through the two beads of the tip 2 beads of the top wing, make sure you balance out the wire on both ends.

Take a look at the BODY of the dragonfly and you will find wire loops on the side of it (illustrated in the diagram by blue line). Pass each end of the wire from the wing through two different wire loop holes on the BODY, after passing through the loops, you can twist the two wire together once and then pass the two ends of the wire back through the 2 beads (Blue Color) from the wing (if you can pass the wires back further the better - Make sure you pull tight in the whole process) then cut away the excess.

Tie the other side of the top wing the same way. 
Step 9: Joining the bottom wings: It's almost the same, by: 
Cut a short 10 cm piece of wire, pass it through the two beads of the tip 2 beads of the top wing, make sure you balance out the wire on both ends.

Pass the top end of the wire through the same wire loop as the the top wing's bottom wire had pass through in step 8, and the bottom wire through the wire loop below this.

After passing through the loops, you can twist the two wire together once and then pass the two ends of the wire back through the 2 beads (Blue Color) from the wing (if you can pass the wires back further the better - Make sure you pull tight in the whole process) then cut away the excess.

Tie the other side of the bottom wing the same way.
Step 10: You can now tie on the brooch pin (the thin long type with two hole) using nylon strings (0.25mm) pass the string through the top 2 green beads on the body (just below the eyes) and pass both end of the string through the top brooch pin hole and back through the bottom hole of the brooch pin, then pass the string back through the bottom 2 green beads of the body, tie and cut off excess.

You can also attach a pendant hook to make this beaded dragonfly into a pendant or anything else you can thing of.

More projects to be found in the below categories:


Other Project Adult Project Flower Project Jewelry Project
Kid Art Project Bead Project Ring and Bracelet Project
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