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DIY: How to make a balanced dragonfly?

by Selina Luo
DIY: How to make a balanced dragonfly?

The simple things in life are often the best. Loved by young and old, these colourful dragonfly will balance on almost anything. 

The self-balancing dragonfly lamp concept is from a traditional handcraft in Asia. The traditional design is made from bamboo in Vietnam. Our designer redesigned the product by using wood and adding the modern technology, like LED, Magnetic charging. It becomes a portable lamp. Here we will show how to make a balanced dragonfly.

 

Tool:Vise, wire saw, horizontal knife, AB glue, sandpaper, pencil, ruler, beeswax.

The wooden dragonfly involves fewer tools than the wooden spoon, but it is not simpler than digging a spoon. The small partner you want to make still needs a little experience first, of course it is not complicated.

Step 1: Drawing
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Tools required for this step: pen and paper.

Draw the shape and proportion of the dragonfly on paper, because what we do is to balance the dragonfly, and the sense of balance of the dragonfly has the proportion and the later shape control.

Step 2: Cutting
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Tools required for this step: vise, wood, wire saw

This step needs to determine the wood size required for the wings and body according to the ratio set in the first step, which is four wings and one body; draw the size of each part on the wood, then fix the wood on the vise The jigsaw saws into strips.

After opening the wood, draw the corresponding shape on each piece, and then proceed to the next step of cutting.

Step 3: Shaving
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Tools required for this step: Yokote knife, gold file

You need to cut four wings and one body respectively, and start cutting according to the shape drawn on the wood. The thick parts of the wings are trimmed with a gold file. Just like a scoop, every time you cut the shape, you need more patience. You need to cut a little bit, and then make adjustments based on the whole.

What needs to be paid attention to in this step is the dragonfly's overall sense of balance and coordination.

Step 4: Digging holes
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Tools required for this step: drill bit, horizontal knife

In this step, we did not use a drill. Because we did not have this tool, we used a horizontal knife to solve it. Having a drill will save a lot of trouble. Since there is no drill, we will work hard to solve it with a knife.

Use a pencil to draw the tenon holes on both sides of the dragonfly's body, and then dig a little bit with the tip of the sharpener. Do not open the hole too much at once. Adjust it according to the size of the wings and start debugging the overall balance of the dragonfly It's troublesome here, but you need to be patient and debug a little bit, so that you can keep the dragonfly balanced. Of course, the balance should also be based on the natural beauty of the dragonfly, which is the beauty of balance.

Step 5: Polish
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Tools required for this step: sandpaper

This step has basically passed the hardest part, and sanded all parts of the dragonfly with sandpaper.

After polishing, do the balance debugging, until the dragonfly balance is finally completed.

Step 6: Assembly
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Tools required for this step: AB glue

There is no need to say more about this step. It is used to fix the wings and make them stronger.

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by Selina Luo