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Crystal dragonfly charms

Crystals, triangle beads, and dagger-shaped beads come together easily to make this dainty dragonfly pendant that always gets a great response.
Dragonfly charms hero

SUPPLIES

dragonfly pendant

  • 4 4mm Swarovski bicone crystals
  • 7 size 100 triangle beads
  • 4 10mm pressed glass dagger beads
  • head pin
  • 6 in. (15cm) 24-gauge sterling silver wire, half hard
  • roundnose and chainnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutter
  • Optional: split-ring pliers

necklace

  • 16 in. (41cm) chain
  • lobster-claw clasp
  • 2 6mm split rings
  • 6 4mm Swarovski bicone crystals
  • 12 in. (30cm) 24-gauge sterling silver wire

earrings

  • second set of pendant beads
  • pair of earring findings with a loop
INSTRUCTIONS
Dragonfly charms Photo A
PHOTO A
Dragonfly charms Photo B
PHOTO B
Dragonfly charms Photo C
PHOTO C
PENDANT

1. String the dragonfly tail on the head pin, alternating a crystal and a triangle bead 3 times.

Cut the wire off, leaving 3⁄8-in. (1cm) and make a plain loop

2. To make the body, make a rightangle bend in the wire 2 in. (5cm) from one end.

On the long end, string a triangle, two dagger beads, a triangle,
the loop of the head pin, a triangle, two daggers, and a triangle (PHOTO A).

3. Gently curve the section of strung beads into a circle around a jaw of your roundnose pliers so the long end of wire crosses the 2-in. section at the
bend (PHOTO B).

4. Hold the circle of beads firmly and wrap the end around the 2-in. piece two or three times, keeping the wraps close.

The first wrap should be right on the bend (PHOTO C).

Trim the tail close and press it against the vertical wire with chainnose pliers.

5. String one crystal on the 2-in. wire. Then make a small wrapped loop above the crystal. 

Earrings

For earrings, make a second dragonfly.

Open the loops on the earring findings and hang a dragonfly on each one. Close the loops.

Dragonfly charms Photo D
PHOTO D
NECKLACE

1. Cut two 2-in. lengths of wire and start a wrapped loop on one end of each. 

2. Hook both loops on the loop above the dragonfly and complete the wraps.

3.. String a crystal on each wire and start a wrapped loop against each crystal. Hook a half-inch (1.3cm) length of chain on each loop before completing the wraps (PHOTO D).

4.. Repeat step 1, hooking a wrapped loop to each end of the chain. Then repeat step 3.

5. Repeat step 4, this time hooking a 6-in. (15cm) length of chain above each crystal.

6. String a split ring on one end of the necklace and attach the clasp to the other end with another split ring. 

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