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Metal clay and glass dragonfly pendant

Delicate syringe work and dichroic glass are the perfect pairing for a lifelike jewel

Dragonflies fascinate me. I love to watch these vibrant jewels whiz by as I go about my gardening. The ornamental fishpond in my yard attracts many dragonfly species, which I enjoy studying closely.

I made the head and body (thorax) of my dragonfly pendant from metal clay and the wings with metal clay syringe. Dichroic glass mimics the iridescence of a real dragonfly’s eyes and tail. I fired the eyes in place and attached the tail separately with epoxy adhesive.

Click through the gallery below for instructions on making the metal clay components. For the complete project instructions, click here for the free project PDF.

Materials 

  • Dichroic glass sheet: black-backed rainbow with 1⁄8-in. (3 mm) square pattern
  • Metal clay: low fire, fine silver, 10 g
  • Metal clay syringe
  • Bail-back: fine silver

Additional tools & supplies

  • Cork-backed metal ruler
  • Glass-cutting tool, lubricant
  • Running pliers
  • Grozing pliers (optional)
  • Waffle grid surface (optional)
  • Kiln paper
  • Denatured alcohol
  • Transparency sheet
  • Fine-tip syringe applicator
  • Tweezers
  • Polishing cloths
  • Cosmetic sponge
  • Rotary tool, radial bristle disk attachments (optional)
  • Two-part epoxy adhesive

Toolbox: Metal clay

Instructions
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