Thursday, 25 March 2010

button jewellery a mini tutorial

the Red Queen Pendant

vintage buttons
craft glue
glue on bails (or small pin backs)
needle and thread thread
chain or necklace


step 1: gather materials together and stack two or three buttons together until you find a combination that you love.

step 2: thread the needle and sew your stack of buttons together (alternatively you can glue them on top of each other, but I like the look of the thread keeping the buttons together)

step 3: decide where the bail/pin back will go on the back of the stack and place a few drops of glue on the back of the button and on the flat part of the pendant bail. Leave for a few seconds then stick the bail/pin back to the button stack.

step 4: let the glue dry then string the button pendant on a chain or pin the button pin to anything!

crafter's notes: I know it is only a super simple tutorial but it is fun and funky, and I will happily be wearing the red, black, and mother of pearl button pendant when I go out today. The pin below was my first attempt with a large renegade chartreuse button that had hidden in one of my button jam jars. If anyone wants it I will gladly give it away as chartreuse and I are no friends (the colour makes me look ill or possibly just a very lively zombie).

Chartreuse it is


ClaireP said...

Oh! I saw these on your flickr stream yesterday. I'll defo be giving this a try. :)

Chloe' said...

Quick & Cute! I have soo many buttons, I'll deffinitely try this (^_^) thankyou! x

Chloe x

x vInTaGe VioLeT x said...

lovely button stacks Meri
what glue have you used?

Tracy said...

oh my goodness! I am so doing this! Thank you so much for sharing such a great idea :)
(found you through Selena) ;)

Judy said...

Found you through Selena also.

LOVE the pendant!

Joy said...

My concern is that the glue used to attach the bail, fails, and gone-gone-gone is a favorite button! How has yours fared over time?

Fiona said...

It's surprising how effective this is. Very simple. BUT you need to have just the right buttons lying around.