In nature, dragonflies seem to be in constant motion with light reflecting off their wings and their splendid colors on full display. I thought it would be fun to capture this feeling using Shimmer Sheetz and the new ModaScrap Dragonfly die set – dragonflies dancing along a length of fine metallic braid, each one perched on the flat side of a half-inch marble accent (half marbles, sold by the bag and found in the floral décor aisle).
I chose Turquoise Gemstone Shimmer Sheetz, but there are many other colors that look like dragonflies, especially Gemstone and Iridescent. My favorites are on the supply list.
The weight of the marble accents keeps the strand straight when it’s hanging. They reflect the light and refract the colors while the dragonflies dance and spin when there is movement in the air.
Integral to the success of the project is Tombow Xtreme Tabs (they used to be called Power Tabs). They are ideal for glass and other non-porous surfaces like Shimmer Sheetz, and they hold up to 6.5 ounces, nearly half a pound – more than four times the weight of my project!
Good news: Shimmer Sheetz, Xtreme Tabs and Kreinik Metallic Braid are all waterproof so you can display Dancing Dragonflies outdoors or hang them on an indoor plant that will be watered.
Safety first: This project is decorative only, NOT A TOY OR A MOBILE FOR A BABY’S ROOM! Be sure to keep it away from infants, small children and pets!