Hello everyone. Yes, it’s been a while since I posted something. All I can say is that life sometimes gets in the way of art. I’m sure most of you can attest to that fact.
I’ve decided to make a dragon-like dragonfly. This idea came after getting a really cool gift from one of my daughters at Christmas. She is a senior in the architecture program at the University of Washington. She has access to some laser cutters in her program and she used one to cut these dragonfly wings out of wood and paper. I was just blown away by the precision of those lasers!
The cuts produced the most delicate structures!
The key to this project will be making wings that are analogous to wings like the ones above, but with much less detail.
I found some sticks at a craft store made from bamboo. There are fairly flexible. And I like the organic nature of the little branches. So I decided to use them for the outside of my wings.
I was able to put together some pairs of sticks, ones that had matching little branches (below). Using pairs of sticks like this I can make sure that opposite wings are somewhat consistent in structure.
Using masking tape I made the basic shapes of the wings.
I wanted some of the interior veins to be bigger than others. So first I used pieces of wire clothes hangers wrapped with masking tape.
I put those inside the top wings first.
Right now I’m adding smaller gauge wire to finish the vein-like structures inside the wings. To tell you the truth I’m not sure this will work yet. I’m not sure if it will look the way I want. Obviously I can’t create anything as detailed as the paper structures. Here is a close-up of what I’m doing.
This is a far as I’ve gotten. Once I have the internal structures complete I will paint everything black. Then I’ll add a layer of some really cool cloth I bought for this project. It could be really cool. Then again, these might end up in the garbage can. Can’t tell yet.
I’ll make another post as soon as I have all the veining finished. Thanks for stopping by!
P.S. In case you’ve been wondering about the dragon raffle, that has been pushed into May (cancer awareness month). I’ll let you know as soon as the foundation is ready to launch.