Spring is finally here!
I love dragonflies. I think they are very elegant and regal looking. When I saw a beautiful beaded dragonfly garden stake at Pier One recently, I knew I wanted something like this in my rock garden.
I decided I would try to make my own since I had lots of beads on hand. Little did I know what I thought would be easy to do, turned out to be very frustrating and time consuming. My motto became, you win some and you lose some. With this project, I think I lost. But wait!
Using different shades of green and blue beads I threaded the larger ones onto a 18 gauge wire. That was easy enough, but when it came to making the wings, the smaller beads would not thread onto the thicker wire.
First, I tried thinner wire - which looked okay in this picture. But if I made the wings larger, I had nothing to support the wings in order for them to stay upright.
After switching out some of the beads (body) for larger ones I found from old necklaces,
I ended up wrapping the smaller beaded wire around the 18 gauge wire for the larger wings. This gave the dragonfly a hefty set of wings, but it looked sparse. Next I beaded 24 gauge wire into loops and wrapped the loops together on each side with more beaded wire. I realized that I couldn't or wouldn't duplicate all those beaded loops.
Feeling a bit frustrated, I decided to stop and secured the dragonfly to a plain painted stake using more beaded wire.
I had hoped to make a dragonfly like the one at Pier one. But this one is kinda cute with it's own quirky look.
It doesn't photograph well, but I can tell you that it looks much better in a real-life setting.
And, oh . . .
Outside in my rock garden, the dragonfly garden stake looks awesome next to the beautiful phlox in bloom.
Is this a hit or miss? You decide!
Take a little time to enjoy!
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