Wire mesh exhibits the glistening sheen of metal but has the feel of fabric. It can be used like a fabric to cover buttons or a brooch. You can also make a small purse out of wire mesh. By incorporating cloth designs with other ornaments, such as beads, wire shapes and coloured glass, you can create your own imaginative jewellery. You will need some basic jeweller tools, including needle-nose pliers and special glue.
Cut two 5 cm (2 inch) diameter circles from gold-wire mesh cloth.
Fold the edges of the wire mesh over the sides of the button blank and onto the claw-tooth back.
Use your thumbs to press the mesh against the button. Smooth out any puckers or wrinkles.
Flip the button over. Use the needle-nose pliers to push the wire mesh snugly under the claw tooth.
Cut one 8.1 cm (3 1/4 inch) length brown copper wire. Form a single loop, so that you have a teardrop shape hanging from the intersection of the coil. Place the coil on the front of the button. Bend the ends of the wires from the coil over the edges of the button and into the back.
Place button backer over the coil ends and the wire mesh. Push and lock the backer into the button.
Use the nylon pliers to gently secure the front and back of the button. Be mindful that you do not dent the front of the button.
Glue an earring post or clip to the back of the button using jewellery glue.
Repeat the entire process for the second button earring.
Things you need
- Two 5 cm (2 inch) circles gold-wire mesh cloth, 100 gauge
- Two 2.5 cm (1 inch) button blanks
- Needle-nose pliers
- Brown copper wire, 24 gauge
- Nylon jaw pliers
- Post or clip earring backs
- Jewellery glue