As you probably have figured out by now, I am a huge fantasy fan and I am always looking for new things to make in the fantasy genre. One day I was scrolling through Facebook and I saw this amazing video about how to make a dragon eye bracelet and I fell in love instantly. I just knew I had to make one myself. Now I will share with you, how I made a dragon eye bracelet.
Things you will need
I’ll list a few things that you will need divided into categories.
For the eye:
- A glass Cabochon
- I used clear UV nail polish to create the eye, but I will tell you how later.
- Nail polish
- A wood awl or a thick needle
- Some kind of base for the eye
For the bracelet:
- A plain bracelet with some width and holes
- Jewelry wire
- Gears (optional)
- A strong glue (Epoxy glue)
Start with the eye
As mentioned above, I made the eye with clear UV nail polish. I did this because I wanted the eye to have an odd shape. I had found an old brooch that I took apart and that I thought would be perfect for the eye. If you have chosen a glass cabochon you can skip this first part.
To make an eye with UV nail polish you will of course need a UV nail curing lamp and clear UV nail polish. You will also need a plastic sheet to create the eye on.
I build the eye layer by layer, to avoid air bubbles. You can make quite thick layers, but be careful not to make them too thick, you will get a better result if you take your time with it. It will take time and you will need to use a lot of nail polish to make an eye, but I think it is worth it.
Once you have created the eye, you might need t shape it a little on the edges. To shape the edges you will need a nail file. Do not file anywhere else than the edges. If you file anywhere else you will get a matte spot on the eye.
Now it is time to build the actual eye with color. Start with the pupil by putting a dot of black nail polish on the back of your eye (glass cabochon or home made eye). With the needle scrape the nail polish off, working into the middle of the eye. You want to do this a few times to get the best result. The nail polish will dry while you are working with it.
Repeat the above step with colored nail polish. Choose three or four colors and work from the middle out to the edge. Remember you can always check your progress by turning the eye around. What may look like a mess from the back can be beautiful from the front.
When you are happy with the eye, let the nail polish dry and glue it to your chosen base. If you have chosen a gear for the base you can wrap the edge of the eye with wire in a beautiful pattern by fastening the wire at one point, wrap the wire over the edge of the eye and down to the third or fourth point on the gear. Continue wrapping evenly around the eye til you have wrapped the entire edge.
Wire braiding or wire weaving can be done in many ways, but I will focus on the simple way I did it for this bracelet.
I used a 0.6 mm wire and a 0.3 mm wire. I cut three strands of about 15 cm or 6 inches of the thickest wire. The start can be a bit tricky, but it doesn’t matter, because you can hide it later.
First you will need to wrap the thin wire around one of the strands of the thick wire, at least 2.5 cm or 1 inch in, to fasten it. 5-8 wraps will do and make sure to wrap it tightly. After you have fastened it, you can start braiding. Wrap two times around one wire strand, put the second wire strand on top and wrap two times around two wire strands. Add the third wire and wrap two times around all three wire strands. Now two wraps around 1st and 2nd wire strands and then two wraps around 1st wire strand and so on. You should en up with a pattern that looks something like this ⬇
Time for the actual bracelet
Now you have done the preparations and can start making the actual bracelet.
First you will need to glue on the eye. If you use epoxy glue it will only take a few minutes to harden and then you can continue.
You will probably have a lot of free space between the corners of the eye and the bracelet. You can leave them and fill the gaps later or you can bend two coins or gears and glue them on.
Now take the braided wire over the eye and try to find the right position for it. Think of it as a part f an eyelid. Once you have found the right position you will need to secure it. The key here is to find some holes in the bracelet you can wrap the ends around and remembering that you have to wear it when you are done so you don’t want anything that can nip or poke you on the back of the bracelet.
When you have secured the wire braid you can start adding beads by securing a wire somewhere on the bracelet, put beads on the wire and bend the wire with beads on to where you want it to be. You can do this as many times as you want and as many places as you want. The bracelet is done when you think it is done.
The ends of the wires you can curl in a spiral with the round nose pliers and press down so they sit tightly against the base of the bracelet.
Sometimes it is easier when you have seen a video of how it is done, which is why I have added the video here for you to see.