I wanted to give some idea of how much work goes into making a dragonfly, and nothing does that better than photographs.
So we start with the basic materials that I have cut (this isn't all the components that make a dragonfly, and the other parts are petals for flowers)
Next comes assembling the body parts, which are brazed together:
Then a thorax and tail has to be added:
Now come the wings:
Then holes are drilled into the thorax and the legs added. This is a complicated part, because if too much direct heat is applied, the braze holding the wings in place will melt, and they will fall off!
Now a part is added that eyes can be fixed to later.
Now they have to be cleaned:
Once they are clean, then I shape the legs before colouring the dragonflies with heat. No two ever turn out the same, which makes each one unique:
And finally I add the eyes, then lacquer them. Now the dragonfly formation is complete, and they are ready to fly to their new homes: