The dragonfly, now called "tombo" in Japanese, used to be called "akitsu". Japan was once called Akitsushima meaning "The Island of the Dragon-fly".
Traditionally known as katsumushi or the "invincible insect", the dragonfly was a favorite symbol of strength among Japanese warriors.
These dragonflies are set on bases of mokume gane polymer clay - one mini mokume gane, one with translucent and copper foil. Katsumushi incorporates some tiny dichroic droplets by Kelly Keniston to form the body and the centers of the eyes.