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making necklaces with buttons

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Marvin Sat 07-Feb-09 22:06:51

fact 1: I rather like the look of buttony necklaces I'm seeing around at the moment

fact 2: I have a tin of old buttons from my grandmother

fact 3: I'm not actually creative or particularly crafty

given the facts above, can I do something with the buttons to create a lovely necklace that will have special sentimental value for me?


janeite Sat 07-Feb-09 22:09:43

No idea sorry but am bumping for you as I am very jealous of your button box!

I'd quite like to customise a plain black cardigan with lovely mismatched buttons with sentimental value - but my sister ended up with my grandma's button box so I am buttonless.

BigJyc Wed 11-Feb-09 23:22:53


It's really easy to make button jewellery. It all depends on the kind of look you want as all buttons are different.
Find some jewellery wire in a local art/craft shop or on ebay for making necklaces, and they should also sell the clasp, just string the buttons and -hey presto.
I've also used safety pins and you can make a chain with them - get nickel plated so they don't make your neck black.
If your buttons have tiny holes, use a strong thread or fishing wire for thread, and either use a clasp fastener or make a really long chain that can double over your neck.

Hope you have fun making it. Jyc

vInTaGeVioLeT Thu 12-Feb-09 00:34:10

button floozies this is a good blog for button-y inspiration - i contribute to this blog smile

also check out flickr for alsorts of button jewellery i like this one

i hope this gives you some inspiration!

envy jealous of your old button tin!

Marvin Sat 14-Feb-09 09:46:04

thank you so much for the ideas.

I'm going to really enjoy creating something special (at least, having a go!).

meridian Sat 14-Feb-09 12:10:21

you can also sew the buttons onto a thin piece of ribbon then sew on a thicker prettier pice or ribbon to either end to tie behind your neck for a pretty vintagy look. smile

Bensonbluebird Fri 27-Feb-09 14:10:20

I made a necklace years ago out of mother of pearl buttons (all the same size). I sewed them all together in a line (with the thread lying along the back and coming up and then down again through the button holes), slightly overlapping with gold thread. I still wear it quite a lot.

kiwibella Mon 02-Mar-09 21:40:35

I am also very envious of your button stash after giving up an old sack of buttons from my dh's gran when we moved to UK.

I love the look of buttons and ribbon. It's something I have always wanted to try. Hope you find some inspiration Marvin and come back to share your pieces

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