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Blog posts of '2019' 'September'

LEARN and CREATE – the « Damselfly » pendant

In search of an easy and quick project with a WOW factor ... « Damselfly » is just that ... and the good thing is that you need very little material. The result in about 15 minutes: ... the cutest little dragonfly pendant .. and a dashing pair of earrings.  Would it not be nice to have one on your purse and keychain too?

Damselfly pendant

Challenge:

A project for complete beginners based on the crossing of wires, no special knowledge is required.

Supplies for the « Damselfly » pendant:

  • 15/0 Japanese seed beads
  • 4x4 mm Czech fire-polished round beads
  • 3x11 mm Czech dagger beads
  • polyethylene thread (nylon fishing line), scissors and a bead mat
  • a 3 mm leather necklace and/or a pair of French hook ear wires

Weaving instructions for the « Damselfly » pendant:

  • check the holes of your beads before starting
  • cut off about 50-60 cm thread
  • start with the loop of the pendant: pick up seventeen 15/0 seed beads and slide them to the middle of your thread

Damselfly pendant - start loop

  • check if the amount of beads is to your liking and sufficient for the necklace
  • to close the loop, go back with the needle through the first bead you picked up

Damselfly pendant - closing loop

  • for the head: pick up one 15/0 seed bead with each thread, put both threads together through a 4x4 mm bead and pick up one 15/0 seed bead with each thread

Damselfly pendant - start head

Damselfly pendant - add bead for head

 Damselfly pendant - complete head

  • for the wings: pick up two daggers with each thread and circle with one of the threads through the four daggers to strengthen the construction

Damselfly pendant - add daggers

Damselfly pendant - re-circle through wings

  • to keep the wings steady: pick up two 15/0 seed beads with one thread and pass the other thread from the other side through both seed beads

Damselfly pendant - steady wings with 2 seed beads

Damselfly pendant - crossing threads in seed beads

Damselfly pendant - crossed threads

  • you just crossed the threads in the seed beads
  • for the body: pick up five 4x4 mm beads with both threads together

Damselfly pendant - add beads for body

SEE - part 2

LEARN and CREATE – the « Damselfly » pendant - part 2

CONTINUATION - "Damselfly pendant"

  • for the tail end: pick up one 15/0 seed bead with one thread and cross the threads in the seed bead

Damselfly pendant - to finish cross threads in a seed bead

  • make a few knots and melt the nylon thread with a lighter
  • enjoy!

We used the following beads:

Damselfly pendant,  waterjuffer hangertje, pendentif demoiselle

Options:

  • for earrings your loop should be smaller and five or seven 15/0 seed beads may suffice
  • instead of a damselfly, you can also go for a dragonfly and use a 3x11 mm dagger and a 5x16 mm dagger for each wing
  • to make a bigger dragonfly use 6x6 mm round beads

Thank you for choosing your beads and finding @ dunebeads.com!

Happy day, see you soon!