Dragonfly Craft


Make this easy Dragonfly craft using polymer clay like sculpey® or fimo®.


Age: 10+

Diffculty rating: Medium

Time scale: 3 out of 5


Dragonfly-Craft


Supplies:

  • 1 oz pkg translucent clay ( I used Premo Sculpey®)
  • 1/2 of 1 oz. pkg dark purple
  • 1/2 of 1 oz pkg lime green
  • Small bit of black clay
  • Perfect Pearls powder
  • 3 inch piece of wire
  • pliers
  • tin foil
  • skewer stick
  • small cookie sheet
  • toaster oven
  • Clay machine (if you don't have one, use a rolling pin)
  • polymer clay slicer



Dragonfly Craft Instructions


To make this, start by conditioning your clay. Roll and squeeze between your thumb and fingers, to soften.

Roll out a snake of lime green clay, about pencil size around. Slice off about 2 inches and mix with a piece of translucent about the same size. Use a sharp, polymer clay slicer to do all your cuts.

Twist together to mix and run through a clay/pasta machine. Don't over mix, leave streaky.


Lower the setting and run through again, eventually setting it on the #4 setting. If you don't have a clay machine, roll to about 1/16th of an inch thickness with a rolling pin.

Cut the piece into a 1 x 9 inch rectangle.

Roll-out-green-clay

Roll the purple into a snake, again pencil diameter. Cut 6 pieces into 1 inch lengths.

Wrap the translucent/green piece around the purple snake and cut where the clay meets.

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Repeat until you have the 6 pieces wrapped.

Shape them into an tear drop shape with the seam at the narrow end. Cut a tiny piece off each end to straighten.

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Put together in a pyramid shape, starting with one, then two together, then three. Squeeze together to fill in the gaps.

Change the teardrop shape slightly.

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Roll out another piece of the translucent/green mixed clay and run through the clay machine on the #4 setting. Cut this into a 1 inch x 8 inch rectangle.


Wrap this around the pyramid shaped piece and cut where the clay meets.

Push and squeeze into place, to make good contact with the rest of the clay.

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Slice a small sliver off each side to straighten. Cut off two, 1/8 inch wide pieces from this and run through the machine, on the #8 setting.


Squeeze and shape the block a bit more to change the pattern slightly. Cut two more 1/4 inch thick pieces and run these through the machine, on the same setting as you did the other two wing pieces.

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Use a 3/4 inch ball of light green clay and roll into a snake. Make it about as big around as the diameter of your little finger.

Cut to 6 inches long and taper one end.

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Make a line all the way around the big end about 1/2 an inch down from the top, for the head.
About 1 1/2 inches down from that, make a line all the way around, for the body.

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Attach the wings on to the back of the dragonfly body.

Add a small amount of perfect pearls powder, to add shimmer to the wings and body of the dragonfly craft.

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With the dull end of a skewer stick, add indentations for eyes.

Make two small black balls for the eyes. Push into the holes slightly.

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Put the sculpey dragonfly, face down on a cookie sheet, that has been lined with tin foil.

Make a loop in a wire, twisting together at one end. Put into the back of the dragonfly craft.

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Leave face down to bake, so the wings will stay in the correct position.

Preheat oven to the correct temperature. For Premo Sculpey® the directions are to bake at 275 F for 30 minutes, per 1/4 inch of clay thickness. This should take about 35 minutes because of the thickness of the dragonfly body. Watch that the wings don't look like they are overcooking though. You may need to cover the wings with tin foil, to help deflect some of the heat, while the thicker parts finish baking.

*Instructions for baking times will vary depending on the brand of clay being used. If while cooking, it starts to smell bad, it is being over cooked. If this happens, remove from the oven immediately.

The clay does not harden completely until cooled, so squeezing it while it is still hot, will not be an indication of whether it has been cooked enough.

After it has finished baking, let cool and you are all done. You can now hang it on the wall by the wire loop on the back of it.


Here is another version of the dragonfly craft. This was made by rolling two different colors of clay together, to make a swirled pattern in the wings.

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