Dragonfly Pendant A'La Balleng

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

Picture of Tools and Materials
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
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)  kangel14 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) 1 year 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!
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)  flammaefata1 year 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!
rowinghome1 year 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.....