How to Fix Pearl Snap Buttons

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How to Fix Pearl Snap Buttons
Replace a pearl snap button with ease. (button macro image by Aleksandr Ugorenkov from Fotolia.com)

Vintage and western clothing often have lovely pearl snap buttons. However damage to the pearl insets can occur over time. A broken pearl snap button is not a reason to toss an article of clothing. Replacing a pearl snap button takes little time or experience.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Snap pliers
  • Pearl snaps
  • Flathead screwdriver

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Insert the flathead screwdriver under the edge of the broken pearl snap and gently pry the snap off. Remove the underside of the snap with your fingers. To remove the stud side of the snap, again insert the screwdriver between the edge of the snap and the fabric. Gently pry the snap stud up and off, remove the underside of the stud snap with your fingers.

    How to Fix Pearl Snap Buttons
    Pearl snaps are easily removed using a flat head screwdriver. (long red screwdriver image by green 308 from Fotolia.com)
  2. 2

    Insert the pearl snap into the snap pliers following the instructions on the snap plier's package. Generally the pliers will have a rubber ring for the pearl side of the snap to set in. The pearl snaps prongs or "teeth" will be sticking up. Insert the socket piece of the snap on the metal side of the pliers. Be sure to have the right side of the socket up.

    How to Fix Pearl Snap Buttons
    Pear snaps are available in a variety of colours. (9 chrom buttons image by K.C. from Fotolia.com)
  3. 3

    Position the pliers with the pearl snaps prongs over the mark on the garment left by the old snap. Gently close the pliers until the prongs have pierced the fabric and the prongs are touching the snap socket. Give another firm squeeze to set the snap prongs into the lower socket. The pearl side of the snap is now on.

    How to Fix Pearl Snap Buttons
    Make sure the new Pearl snap is lined up with the old snaps. (sleeve of a shirt image by Ivan Hafizov from Fotolia.com)
  4. 4

    Insert the thin pronged ring into the metal side of the pliers with the prongs facing out. Place the stud side of the snap into the rubber ring with the stud facing down.

  5. 5

    Position the pliers over the mark on the garment left by the old snap. Gently but firmly squeeze the pliers until the prongs have pierced the fabric and are touching the stud side. Give the pliers one last firm squeeze to set the snap.

Tips and warnings

  • Be careful with the fabric when removing broken snaps from vintage clothing.

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