Size, Specs, Tips & Tricks
All Hazy Dayz Dragonflies are approximately 3.5″ (9cm) X 3.5″ (9cm). As these are individually handcrafted by me, size can vary as much as 1/4″ (6mm) either way. Butterflies are approximately 2.5″ (6.5cm) X 3.25″ (8.5cm)
The dragonfly itself is made from pure sheet copper, copper foil, .005″ thickness, and arrives to me from the United States. I’m told by Carolyn, my go-to person at my supplier, that it is domestically sourced and is as pure as possible – 99.9%. I source the aluminum used for L’Ange from the same vendor and again am assured that it is at least 99% pure aluminum with the grade being 1100-O.
The luminous shimmer and sparkle of the new copper will develop a more life-like colouring over time. The process is very gradual and will take a couple of summers to gain the prized green patina or verdigris. Watching the change taking place however, is part of the charm of copper. If you or a young one handles the item on a regular basis, you will remove the developing patina. Play with a brown penny and see what happens. You can actually rub the tarnish off between your fingers. This holds true for the Fancifulls as well.
Aluminum oxidizes with a white powdery patina, which will enable L’Ange, French for “The Angel,” to better represent her namesake. Time-frames for both materials oxidizing will vary depending on the amount of exposure to outdoor elements. Update Dec 9, 2019 – I have learned that due to the high grade of aluminum I purchase, it will take quite some time for the oxidization process to occur on L’Ange, a few years in fact. My prototype has been outdoors in the elements for almost 5 months now. Still twinkling bright. (“Dance” – with copper bindings will begin to show a white patina nearest the copper wire first. It’s a chemistry thing. 🙂
As of August 20th 2019, I’ve been testing a product for clear coating. It is a Krylon® product, readily available in your local craft store and many hardware stores . UV and Moisture Resistant I’m hoping it will lengthen the shiny, new-penny look of your copper or aluminum Fancifull but eventually, each will oxidize with the patina natural to them. I hope to use it on the entire Butterfly Collection I will be producing for Spring if my 6-month testing proves to be successful. Update December 9th. Krylon testing does protect to some extent and with 5 months testing, it is noticeable but not to a degree that would be beneficial to continue the process. If requested, I will supply custom Fancifulls with Krylon.
Even with handling, as in a Daphne (Hair Comb) or Dinah (Brooch) the patina will remain somewhat sparkly for years unless you stand outdoors like a potted pepper plant for weeks on end – rain or shine. Who’d do that? With humidity the rose-gold tone will gradually darken to a bronze shade and not gain the green verdigris due to handling. They technically could be polished back to bright copper but would be difficult with the stitching. The Krylon coating is helpful but care must be taken to FULLY coat the piece or you will see where you missed in a few months/years.
Many of the attachment methods incorporated into The Fancifulls are also copper – Alligator Clip (Dixie), and Craft Wire (Dirk). Others are Steel with copper plating – Jump Ring (Delta), Comb (Daphne), Brooch Pin (Dinah) or Steel with garden-green cloth sheathing – Stem (Darby). Finally PVC plastic or Neoprene (depending on stock) -Suction Cup – (Dexter)
I had a thought, while I was packaging Darby, he and his friends are not presenting their best selves direct from their packaging. I keep them relatively flat and “un-fluttered” to aid in the packaging process and for storage purposes in my humble abode.
Please try the tips to add life and character to your Fancifull.
DARBY and BIANCA – When you remove the packaging, you can bend his wings and body to give him character. Don’t worry about breaking him. Although they seem delicate, Fancifulls are surprisingly durable and can easily withstand some tugging and twisting to get them into a pose of your choosing. For a resiliency reference, refer to my post titled, “It happens to everyone eventually… July 8th.” I wrote a small blog post about poor Dixie and Delta. They shared a full-cycle swim in my washing machine and survived to chastise me as I was helping them re-fluff.
Their wings can be re-positioned and their bodies can be ever-so-slowly bent down, up or to either side, with the wire twisted around the abdomen as a stabilizing support. This maneuver takes practice. Know that you may crease the copper by using too much force and it cannot be un-creased… but will add individual character to your dragonfly.
DELTA – Learning the correct balance is tricky but you’ll get the hang of it. Did I just type that?? First, be assured that each Delta is inspected by me for proper balance before packaging – also by me. If, however, she is not perfect when you first suspend her from her hanger, lowering her wings on her port side will level her out when she’s listing to her starboard and vice versa. If her head is dipping too much for your liking, nudge the single coil of wire that holds the jump ring forward towards her thorax about 1/16″ – 1/8″. If she’s still not leveled, lengthen the full length of wire around the abdomen towards her tail end. If her tail is lower, reverse the procedure, thereby redistributing her weight. (Oh if that could also work on humans, I’d be a happy woman!)
FLUTTER 2.0 – Her personality is strong, however her physical manifestation is a tad more fragile. I have learned that a new wiring technique will enable her to retain her balance to a much greater degree but the same steps apply for correcting her. Keep in mind that the jump ring is to be situated straight up from the body. If it is not, gently loosen/tug the ring to situate perpendicular. Her 4 large wings can each be raised, lowered and twisted until you are pleased with her orientation. Required tools to have for this process – Tea, Coffee, or wine, sadly, not supplied.
DIXIE – Pretty much takes care of herself. If her clip becomes skewed, adjust it back to the centre, so it’s relatively obscured from above by her body. Gently press on the wire surrounding it with your fingernail or similar small tool to lock it back into place. The same techniques will also help should DAPHNE and BELLA, DIRK and BONNIE, or DINAH and BRIANNA require assistance. Who’s DINAH? Ahhhh, the dragonfly’s out of the bag. Dinah will be my newest dragonfly with a stylized, rose gold safety pin Brooch clip. Clips are due to arrive tomorrow according to DHL. Fingers crossed. Update July 29, 2019 – Dinah and all her flair has arrived and she’d be the first to tell you how “Darling” she is! A character likened to Zsa Zsa Gabor.)
DEXTER and BUTTERCUP – Did you know that temperature and humidity variations may make a suction cup lose its grip? If attached to your window glass when it is above 40° F/5° C, you can expect your suction cup to remain in place during temperatures ranging between -22° to 120° F/-30° to 49° C. These little suction cups are very good at what they do. For removal, without damaging Dex or Buttercup, peel the edge of the cup away from the glass allowing air to seep under the cup, thereby breaking the seal. UPDATE October 19, 2019- A test has now been completed using the industrial dishwasher in the Kichesippi Brewery Tap Room with internal water temperature set at 149° F/65° C. Although poor Dex got a soaking, and fell off the glass, he survived, fresh and ready to re-attach to the next glass available! I can’t recommend it as an everyday cleaning yet, but if placed in the dishwasher after a night of festivities, Dexter will survive to cling another day.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me through the site or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about your Fancifull. I’ll help you however I’m able.
Sue, Axie, and the Fancifulls of Oh Valley