Welcome to the Solid Oak blog! In each post we will share project tutorials, techniques, or inspiration expand your jewelry making and DIY craft skills.
Today we’ll start with an easy project that even a beginner can make: a DIY Steampunk Dragonfly Bracelet. This quick, on-trend accessory builds upon the basics - you just need to know how to open and close a jump ring!
Our distinctive dragonfly charm captures the steampunk aesthetic, especially when paired with an antiqued double chain. Dragonflies are a symbol of transformation and adaptability in life, a perfect way to welcome spring! Make one for yourself, or gift to a friend or family member who is embarking on the next phase of their life (graduation season is upon us, after all).
Let’s get started!
- 1 dragonfly charm (from Solid Oak STEAM028)
- 1 chain (from Solid Oak STEAM268)
- 7 jump rings (6mm size)
- 1 lobster claw clasp
- Wire cutters
- Two pairs of pliers OR one pair of pliers and a jump ring opener
- Our free downloadable tutorial for the Dragonfly Bracelet (which also includes our beginner’s tutorial on working with jump rings!)
First, use your wire cutters to cut 4 equal lengths of chain. For a 7” bracelet, each segment will need to be 2” long. If your wrists are smaller or larger, you can adjust the length of the segments as necessary.
Using your pliers (or your pliers and your jump ring opener), attach two chains to each side of your butterfly charm with jump rings.
Using your pliers (or your pliers and your jump ring opener), attach two jump rings to the end of two chains, and then a single jump ring to attach the two chains together.
Using your pliers (or your pliers and your jump ring opener), use a jump ring to attach the other two chains to the lobster claw clasp.
Voila! You have a stylish steampunk bracelet to add to your jewelry box!
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