All Spoonbugs start off as spoons, as you may have guessed!
I buy my spoons from the Cornwall Animal Hospital charity.
They get the money from those unwanted spoons people have donated from the back of their kitchen drawers, and then I set to work.
I do have to be a bit brave, when doing this, one moment's inattention .... ouch!
It involves an electric saw, and a girt big file! (To make sure the cut edges are smoothed and safe)
The handles become the dragonflies.
Some spoons are very hard to cut.
And yes, I do wear PPE.
I have tried soldering, but I just don't seem to have enough hands for the process!
One of the things I do is deconstructing old jewellery for the Dragonfly bodies. And things can get a bit messy.
Then there's the box making, you'd be surprised how useful the humble laundry peg can be!
No two are ever the same, each is a unique character.
The colour of the unwanted drink bottles that I use define what happens next.
The wing making process is on a "need to know" basis.....
It's a process I developed myself.
Add a tiny sprinkle of magical madness, and Voila!