The Dragonfly Weather Vane, Odonata Anisoptera, in this image consists of an all copper dragonfly and arrow with brass reeds and optional gold leafed marsh flowers. A popular option is to add gold leaf to the spots on the dragonfly’s wings. This weather vane can also be made entirely in copper. Our vanes are each crafted to order and the choice of metals can be modified at the time an order is placed.
This is one of our designs that looks it’s absolute best when viewed from either above or below, rather than at eye level. You will notice that we’ve intentionally employed open space in this sculpture piece design to create the delicate looking tracery of a Dragonfly’s wings. It actually takes a high level of skill to create these wings. If too much heat is applied while soldering the individual segments in the wings together, they melt and fall apart. However, once combined and surrounded by the copper tubing used to define their perimeter, they become quite strong.
When first mounted outside copper will weather a deep chocolate brown and any optional gold leaf on the spots in the wings and on the flowers creates a beautiful contrast. Eventually, the copper starts to pick up the green patina for which antique copper is known. Many dragonflies are a beautiful turquoise blue color which this weathered copper can closely mimic given some time. Even antique copper weather vanes one hundred years old or older can show evidence of the original gold leaf. Once the copper or brass has weathered green, the contrast with the gold leaf is especially lovely..
In addition to our standard glass eyes, we offer special faceted translucent glass jewels for the dragonfly’s eyes. Each customer chooses the style and color they like best when placing their order.
Here is an excerpt from the lovely letter one of our customers in New Jersey sent along with her seasonal photos:
“I’ve enclosed a few pictures of our beautiful dragonfly in situ on the gazebo. Hope you enjoy them. It is just beautiful, a perfect choice. Thanks to all for your efforts on our behalf.”
And another of our lovely customers for this Dragonfly Weathervane sent us this note:
Appreciate your interest and the talents of staff who crafted our weather vane….we have had some really heavy rain fall and winds this winter and it still looks stunning!