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Fantasy Dragonfly

About this design:

Well, what can I say about this? A dream come true: being able to make my own metal focals! Not quite a dragonfly though: the head is more of a butterfly. The dragonfly was mostly made at home (until I ran out of temperatures of fusing silver, due to bad planning: next time, fuse wings and body+loop separately, THEN fuse these two!). Tumbled and hammered it for strength.
The copper thing started out as our first excercise at class: making a plain copper ring from sheet metal. Thought it was too wide to use as a ring, and too good to waste, so I asked how I could decorate it. The teacher suggested fusing wire onto it (that then led on to the Test Run necklace...). Tricky, but useful!


Sterling silver wire, copper sheet. Leather cord (LB, I think!).

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  1. B Witzel
    B Witzel says:

    Well u deserve an A+ for the class. This big loop just adds personality to her.I really think everything came together beautifully.Love it all.

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    gwenrosejack2013 says:

    This is really cute. Perhaps you could put some beads or something in the body of it. I dont tend to make my own metal pendants but would love to eventually learn how to make my own pieces.
    You did a super awesome job with it though.

  3. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    I absolutely love it! You did a great job! Congrats on learning these wonderful techniques in your metal class–wish I was as brave to embark on a project like this!

  4. Beadlady3 aka Cindy
    Beadlady3 aka Cindy says:

    This is so cUUUUte! I am so jealous of your taking that class. Now I really have to get motivated to take one. Where’s that catalog…

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    pearlsandme aka Monica says:

    CC: the decoration of the ring did demand some courage… I was lucky that the teacher was running around like a busy ant (that was a pun, actually… see!) giving all of us the support we needed.
    Gwen: I think I will put beads in some of my next projects in this style, we’ll see what comes together. Cindy: hope I get you moving :-) That is what this site has given me; I try to give some of it back :-)

  6. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Monica, Thanks for the link–Ru’s work is magnificent! The functionality of his pieces is amazing. I loved the ‘ant-hive’ and the awesome creatures he has created. Thanks!

  7. Asia
    Asia says:

    Adore this one too, have to check the link :D

  8. JC Hamm
    JC Hamm says:

    Ditto!! I love this!!

  9. Jet
    Jet says:

    Envy!! I love this is pieces and I want so badly to be able to make something similar! I feel like Im done learning everything I can on my own with books and magazines. I want to go further! And this looks just like something I would love to do! Only, those classes can be a little pricey for me who only does jewelry as a hobby :/ anyway, many compliments to a lovely piece!

  10. Jet
    Jet says:

    Love this TO pieces** (whoops sorry -_-)

  11. Deborah C Dallas
    Deborah C Dallas says:

    Check with your local Community College for jewellery classes. I have been doing that and they are very reasonably priced–so worth it and you get to meet other jewellery fanatics! Will be taking more this Summer.

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