Monday, January 28, 2013

Vintage Button Necklace

With my new working wardrobe, I've started to wear jewelry again.  I have a few functional and sensible pieces but I wanted a few pieces that are a little more fun.  I was looking over my boxes and bags of beads, trying to become inspired, when I found my bag of buttons.

I used to buy beads at estate sales.  Inevitably, I would end up with buttons, single earrings, single cuff links and other odds and ends mixed in.  I would toss those into a bag thinking I may find a use for them someday.  Someday came today!

This is what I came up with:
 It's made up of twelve buttons, one cuff link, four earrings and one pin.

It was fun and easy!

Grab your buttons and mismatched earrings.

Also get a piece of felt, some good glue (I use E6000) and some nippers.

Start arranging pieces until you get a layout you like.  Make sure there is a button with a good shank at both sides.

This is a good shank.

This is the layout I decided on.

Use the nippers and cut the shanks and backs off from the pieces.  You want them flat.  Don't cut the shanks off from the two pieces on each end.

Glue your pieces down to the felt.  Before gluing the two pieces on the end, cut a slit into the felt.  Glue the end pieces down, pushing the shank through the felt.

Let it dry.  At this point, I realized I didn't like all of the black felt showing through so I added another layer of buttons to the top.

Let it all dry.

Use a jumpring and attach one to each of the shanks.

Attach your chain.

You now have a pretty, functional and fun piece of jewelry to wear.

If I do it again:

I would realize it needs two layers!  I covered up parts of my really neat, unique pieces because I ended up adding a layer on the top.

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  1. See, this is why I appreciate your 'if I do it again' section. The necklace is gorgeous and the second layer gives depth/added dimension.

    1. Thanks! I wore it last week and got a lot of compliments. That's something. . . I don't normally get complimented on my fashion sense or accessories!!!

  2. I'm inspired! Don't think I have enough unique/cool buttons/jewelry for the necklace yet, but I do want to make it. Also on my list are the Valentine Goody Pouches and Cracked Marble Jewelry.

  3. Thanks so much for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday - I featured this on my blog tonight! Come stop by and grab a featured button!