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!
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…
Bails (I purchased some at a bead store, and some on eBay – photo above)
Quick-set Epoxy, E6000, or a permanent jewelry adhesive of your choice
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.
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…
Please let me know if you have any questions, dear readers. Happy Creating!