Button jewellery not only gives you a project to use up buttons that fell from old pieces of clothing or extra buttons from sewing projects, it allows you to create original pieces that match your tastes and style. You can also involve your children in these projects, no matter what their age. Small children may make very simple button bracelets with string while older teens can make more complicated projects. You can make anything from bracelets, to necklaces and pendants, to earrings, and even rings with all with a button base.
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Things you need
- Flat buttons
- Glass beads
- 30 gauge craft wire
- Wire nips
- Jump rings
- Fishhook earring hooks
- Toggle clasps
Arrange your buttons and beads in the design you want on the table in front of you. Choose the largest button for the centre button and overlap buttons in rows on either side of the centre button. Place glass beads on top of the buttons, rearranging colours and shapes until you like what you see.
Nip a piece of craft wire about 48 inches long; this should be long enough for most projects. Pick up your centre button and thread the craft wire up through the right hole from the bottom. Slip the button’s corresponding bead onto the wire and feed the wire back down through the left hole; make sure the button and bead are centred on the wire.
Pass the wire through the holes and bead about 3 more times. Push the wires under the button horizontally to the right and left. Secure a button and bead to each side of the wire.
Pass the wire under the left button through the bundle of wire stretched between the button’s holes and trim it away with wire cutters to make earrings. Fold the right wire down into a loop and twist several times; nip away extra wire. Pry open a jump ring, slip it through the loop and the loop on a fishhook earring hook. Push the jump ring closed; these metal rings connect pieces of jewellery.
Stringing on enough buttons and beads to create a band long enough to stretch around your wrist or neck to make a bracelet or necklace. Fold and twist both the left and right wires into loops. Use jump rings to attach one side of a toggle clasp to each wire loop; your choker or bracelet is finished.
Tips and warnings
- Smaller buttons can be used over larger buttons instead of beads.
- Check antiques shops, yard sales, estate sales, or ask older relatives for vintage buttons to use in jewellery pieces.
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