Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Tool Time Tuesday...Button Bracelet Tutorial
Happy Tuesday! Today is an easy tutorial for a button bracelet. Get your button collection out. If you don't have one, find someone who does and go through it!!
I have a small button collection made up of things from my own projects, from my mother and my grandmother. They were both frugal and both loved yard sales...so I'm not sure where any of these buttons came from. If they had clothes that were no longer wearable, buttons were removed and saved in big glass jars. If they were at a flea market or yard sale and there were buttons...they would buy them.
and this is the result of all that button saving!
A family history on one bracelet...
Here's what you need...
I bought this charm bracelet at Walmart in the craft section for $2.00.
I also had these larger jump rings for the larger buttons. The little ones came with the bracelet, but didn't fit any of the buttons. You will need the larger rings for the width of the button from the holes to the outside. This package was about $2.50 for 60 and the size is 10mm.
You will also need buttons of course! You can buy new buttons in craft stores. Some actually come in group packages of the same color.
I used mostly pearlized buttons in different shades of cream.
First step...open up the large jump ring.
Slip the ring through any hole in the button.
Add to a loop of the bracelet and close the ring.
Plan out the larger base buttons to add them equally across the bracelet.
To make it look fuller without using a ton of rings, add 3 different sized buttons to one ring.
Depending on the thickness of the buttons, you might only fit 2.
Work your way down the bracelet.
This is so cute and you could be finished at this point.
or you can start adding different sizes, shapes and textures.
One pearl bead button and a small flat button.
I also found these clear crystal looking buttons. Can you see the thread still left on one of them? That shirt didn't have a chance. Lol
Look at this bunch someone tied up...so funny.
Added both on the same ring for a little bling!!
I love this picture of the pearl button towards the bottom of the picture. Can you see the shank of the button? It's verdigris. It must be brass or copper and old. I didn't want to clean...there's a story with that button.
Here's a Tool Time from someone out there...either my mom, my grandmother or someone who they bought the buttons from. My mom and grandmother are both looking down on me, so I can't ask, but I'll give credit to both!
They used bobby (hair) pins to hold the buttons.
Slide buttons onto the hair pin...and twist the bottom closed.
I love it!
I hope you had fun in my button box...
Hmmm...I'm thinking earrings too.
Have a great Tuesday,