Friday, 4 February 2011

Funky Friday February Fun

After the success of our Dragonfly bookmark project sheet at last months Bead Soirees I thought I'd share the instructions on the blog as it's an ideal project for beginners and pretty enough for all you seasoned beaders.

What you Will Need
1 x bookmark finding
7 x hard headpins
1 x dragonfly wings
2 x 4mm bicone or oval beads
9 x 6mm bicone or oval beads
1 x 6mm round bead
4mm jump ring

I've used Swarovski crystals in the picture but you can just as easily substitute these with fire polished Czech glass beads

Take the head pin and thread onto it thread 2 x 4mm bicone beads, 2 x bicone 6mm beads, the dragonfly wings and a further 6mm round bead to create its head.

Create a simple loop at the top by bending the remainder of the headpin to a right angle then using your round nose pliers curl it back over itself into a loop in the centre
Next we make the chain to connect the dragonfly to the bookmark. Trim the 'pin head' off 6 headpins

Make a simple loop onto each of the headpins and add a 6mm bead onto each of the headpins
Make a simple loop on the other end of each headpin and before closing link them all together to create a chain
Link the dragonfly onto one end of your beaded chain and to the other open a 4mm jump ring and attach the beaded chain and the jump ring before closing it.

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