Making Button Bracelets

colorful_bracelet

I’ve been wanting to make button bracelets for the longest time.  Why?  I love buttons, and love the idea of making jewelry out of them!  I also may have a small of a collection to choose buttons from, so it’s a great way to make use of one of my favorite things.

button_box

Okay, so I actually have a photo box full of buttons sorted by color.  But really, who doesn’t?!  Kidding. Yes, I have a thing for buttons.  (The glass bowl in the upper left corner contains buttons I bought last week but haven’t sorted by color and put away yet.) I finally got around to ordering a few different types of bracelet blanks, and made my first two button bracelets.

pearl_bracelet

There are many tutorials about how to make these bracelets online, so I won’t go into super explicit detail, but here’s an overview.

Materials
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materials

Buttons
Bracelet blanks (I purchased mine online, here – two different types)
Aleene’s Jewelry & Metal Glue or a similar permanent adhesive
Wire cutters
Sand Paper

Directions
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  1. Select the buttons you plan to use, and get them ready for gluing.  If your button has a shank on the back (like the the buttons on the bracelet left did), cut them off carefully with the wire cutters.  If any of the shank remains, sand the bottom of the button on the sandpaper until the bottom is level.
  2. If you’re going to layer buttons (like the buttons in the bracelet on the right) glue or sew them together before glueing the bottom buttons to the bracelet blank.
  3. Decide on the order you’d like the buttons in, and glue them on.  Let set if need be – depending on the type of the adhesive you use.
  4. Wear and enjoy, or give as a gift!

bracelets

colorful_detail

pearly_detail

Do you have any questions, dear readers?  I hope you like my first two Button Bracelets.  I can’t wait to wear them, and to make some more!

Warm regards,
Melody

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4 Comments

  1. Posted January 4, 2013 at 1:49 pm by Pamela Morgan | Permalink

    Love the bracelets, Melody, especially the mother of pearl one.

  2. Posted January 4, 2013 at 11:00 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Pam,
    Thanks so much! I appreciate your comment and your kind words.
    Melody

  3. Posted January 5, 2013 at 5:41 pm by Debbie | Permalink

    Such pretty bracelets…and buttons. Gotta LOVE buttons.

  4. Posted January 6, 2013 at 5:04 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Debbie,
    Thanks so much! Yep, I’m definitely a button lover. 🙂
    Melody

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