Have you ever wondered how to make a button necklace? Well, today I am going to show you step-by-step how to create a simple button necklace using Blumenthal Lancing Coordinate Buttons. Now, for those of you who know me well…I am no jewelry making aficionado! However, this project is so easy and fun to make that I had to share it with you. Not only is it a piece of cake for adults to make…but it is a perfect project for your tween and teen daughters. When I created the piece for this post, my daughters sat down and made one for themselves also. We had a blast!
I would like to point out that I am not the brains behind this fantastic project. I learned how to make this project from my crafty friend Ana Araujo from When Creativity Knocks. We did this project for make and takes at Maker Faire in Queens, NY a while back. I loved it so much that I did it again as a make and take when I had an event at my studio. It went over great.
Before I get to the project….I also wanted to point out that it is, in fact, the first Monday of the month. That means (drumroll please)…it is Designer Crafts Connection Hop Day! The theme for the month is simple jewelry. In my sidebar is the button to hop forward or back. So when you are finished here, you can go check out all the amazing projects that the talented designers of DCC have created for your enjoyment today. Enjoy!
- Blumenthal Lancing Button Coordinates
- 28 guage wire cut into 5" pieces
- Wire cutters
- Needle nose pliers
- E-6000 (glue)
- Leather cord
Step 1 is the most difficult step……select your button set. There are several great designs from which to choose!
Step 2: Glue a bail to the back of the largest button of the set using E-6000 glue. This is an extremely strong adhesive. You want to be careful not to get any on your hands and work in a well ventilated area. Let the glue dry overnight. Tip: Glue several bails on at once so that you have them handy and ready to go.
Step 3: Once your bails have completely dried, you are ready to start assembling your pendant. Gather your materials so that you have everything you need.
Step 4: Shape your wire into a U. Thread your buttons through starting with the largest and working your way to the smallest. You want to make sure that the ends of the wire are poking out from the top of the buttons.
Step 5: Thread 3 of the micro beads onto one of the wires.
Step 6: Push the beads up about a finger width and bend it slightly so that the beads are above the bend.
Step 7: Take the opposite wire and thread it through the beads. Now both wires should be threaded through the beads together from opposite directions.
Step 8: Using your needle nose pliers, pull the wires until the micro beads lay flush with the top button.
Step 9: Then push the wires down into each button hole so that the come out of the back.
Step 10: Twist the wire in the back once as close to the button as you can get. Then push the wires back through to the top…one through each hole. With your wire cutters, trim the excess wire so that they are short enough to bend and manipulate so that no sharp points will stick out.
Step 11: Use your needle nose pliers again to bend and wrap the short stubs of wire so that no points are sticking out. It should look like this:
Step 12: Cut a piece of leather cord long enough to fit over your head once you've knotted it. Thread your pendant onto the cord and tie in a knot.
It is that simple! I hope you've enjoyed this project. I would love to hear your thoughts…please feel free to share them. I read and answer every comment personally. It always makes me smile when someone takes the time to share their thoughts.Don't forget…it is hop day…so find the button in my sidebar to hop forward or back. I'm excited to see what my designer friends have created today. I'm going to go hop myself!