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I got bit by a maker's bug and decided to craft a bracelet for my lady from Mrballeng's butterfly bracelet Instructable.  This in turn obligated me to show it to my mom who promptly commissioned me to make a necklace for her. (Meaning a very, very large bracelet)  After completing the necklace I thought to myself, "If I Mrballeng can make butterflies from paperclips, then are dragonflies possible?"
Why yes they are!!!
 
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Step 1: Tools and Materials

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This project was done on the super cheap.  The only things I had to buy were the paper clips ($3.50 at my local drug store) and the polishing compound ($6.50 at the local auto store).

You will need:
-Smooth jaw pliers
-Round nose pliers
-Wire snips
-A metal file
-Soldering paste (I used the water based variety)
-Lead free solder
-A blowtorch
-A brush to apply the soldering paste
-400 grit sand paper (not shown)
-A large paper clip

Step 2: Creating the Pendant: First Bends

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Like in the Butterfly Bracelet 'Ible I also filed a small mark into my round nose pliers to get consistent bends.
Begin by using the smooth jaw pliers to straighten the paperclip as best as possible.
Find the center of your now straight paperclip and using the mark on your pliers bend a loop in the center.
Once the center loop (head) is done the free ends of your clip will  point at a downward angle.  Use the mark on your pliers to bend them at an upward angle.
kangel11 year ago
Filing makes a very permanent change to your pliers, which can ding up your future projects. Ever thought about using a permanent marker instead?
Pat_Maroney (author)  kangel112 months ago

Yes you're right, it had occurred to me that I might mar future projects and I did consider using a marker. I decided to file because I can file on one tong and keep the other tong pristine, it also gives me a better defined marking to follow rather than an ink smear if that makes sense. One side for measurements, the other for bending. I'm not a serious jewelry maker so filing works well for me :/

Pat_Maroney (author) 2 years ago
Thanks, I hope it works out well. I recommend using custom lengths of wire instead of paperclips to get the best result. Post me some pics of your finished project!
flammaefata2 years ago
Thanks so much for the 'ible! I was wondering how to best do dragonflies after seeing the butterfly bracelet. I'll see if I can get around to making a dragonfly bracelet for a gift for my sister, I think the same method of linking as in the butterfly 'ible will work, either with or without soldering.
Pat_Maroney (author)  flammaefata2 years ago
Sorry this is so late in reply. But before I published the pendant, I did attempt to make a bracelet of dragonflies and they looked like, well, erm... bad. A single pendant came out the best for me.
Please show me the way!
rowinghome2 years ago
Very nice! I love dragonflies
Pat_Maroney (author) 2 years ago
Good luck! I'm glad you like it!
i love this dragonfly!!!! can't wait to try one. thanks so much for sharing.
Mrballeng2 years ago
Look Great!!! I like this.
Pat_Maroney (author)  Mrballeng2 years ago
Thank you Mr.B, and thank you for the response to my message. You've taught me a lot!
This is just incredible! Very nice job! Wow!
Pat_Maroney (author)  momma_faeyth2 years ago
Thank you! The one with the long tail I put on the chain was my best yet. I swear, no two of these things have come out the same.....