DIY: Vintage Button Pendants

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As you likely know by now, I LOVE vintage buttons.  I collect them, and have a box full of them.  I love using them in both art and craft projects, and have featured some of my button projects here in the past – like the button bracelets I made earlier this year.  Given my penchant for vintage buttons – and for necklaces/pendants – I truly have no idea why it’s taken me this long to make vintage button pendants. Silly me!

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I recently sat down to try making my first batch of pendants, and ended up making over 20.  Yep, I’m hooked!  Not only will these little beauties add a lot of options to my “jewelry wardrobe”, I love the idea of wearing some of the very bits and bobs that I love so much.  It’s much better than the buttons sitting in my box. :]  Button pendants are easy to make, and are so versatile.  And while I chose to pull buttons from my vintage stash, you can certainly use new buttons as well…

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Materials
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Buttons
Bails (I purchased some at a bead store, and some on eBay – photo above)
Wire clippers
Sand paper
Quick-set Epoxy, E6000, or a permanent jewelry adhesive of your choice

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Instructions
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1.  Decide which buttons you want to combine to create a pendant.  I used as little as two, and as many as four. Make sure they’ll stack together well.
2. Cut the shanks off the back of any buttons that have them.

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3. Sand off any remaining pieces of the shank if desired.
4. Stack the buttons together and glue them together with your permanent adhesive.
5. Glue a bail on the back of your bottom-most button.  Let dry completely.
6. Wear and enjoy!

Here are some of the pendants I created…

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Please let me know if you have any questions, dear readers.  Happy Creating!

Warm regards,
Melody

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16 Comments

  1. Posted August 20, 2013 at 7:31 am by Pam Morgan | Permalink

    These are beautiful! Nice utilization of your treasures.

    • Posted August 20, 2013 at 7:21 pm by Melody | Permalink

      Pam,
      Thanks! I can totally see our KS group making these. :]
      Melody

  2. Posted August 20, 2013 at 8:39 am by Amanda | Permalink

    Oh My GOODNESS!!! These are so beautiful, can I come over and we can makes some together? I just love them, well done!

    • Posted August 20, 2013 at 7:21 pm by Melody | Permalink

      Amanda,
      YES! We can have a pendant making party. :]
      Melody

  3. Posted August 20, 2013 at 9:09 am by Linda | Permalink

    I LOVE this idea!!!

    • Posted August 20, 2013 at 7:18 pm by Melody | Permalink

      Linda,
      Thank you. I hope you make some pendants. 🙂
      Melody

  4. Posted August 20, 2013 at 9:33 am by Denise P | Permalink

    Stunning! Going to look through my grandmother’s box’o’buttons and see what treasures I can create! Thanks so much for sharing.

    • Posted August 20, 2013 at 7:18 pm by Melody | Permalink

      Denise,
      My pleasure. Enjoy creating!
      Melody

  5. Posted August 20, 2013 at 1:34 pm by Beth Nielsen | Permalink

    Really nice!
    Let’s talk as I would love to get one of these and maybe one for Shirley also.
    Also,loved the sunrise or sunset photo from before; just beautiful!

    • Posted August 20, 2013 at 7:18 pm by Melody | Permalink

      Beth,
      I’d be happy to make pendants for you and your mom. We can have a button meeting. 🙂
      Melody

  6. Posted August 20, 2013 at 4:50 pm by Katherine Regier | Permalink

    Very Nice!

  7. Posted August 21, 2013 at 9:35 am by Tam | Permalink

    Love!!! Nice work! I use buttons mostly for making earrings. I will be making these too!
    Vintage buttons are just so artistic and well made they can’t just sit in a box!

    • Posted August 21, 2013 at 8:07 pm by Melody | Permalink

      Tam,
      I totally agree – they should be shared with the world. :] Thank you for stopping by, and for commenting!
      Melody

  8. Posted August 21, 2013 at 3:42 pm by oksana | Permalink

    Love the pendants!!! So very easy to make, but they look amazing. Thank you for sharing.

    • Posted August 21, 2013 at 8:09 pm by Melody | Permalink

      Oksana,
      Thank you! I had a feeling you’d like them, given that you love vintage jewelry. :]
      Melody

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