Jewelry making is not my thing. I think my jewelry making skills stopped somewhere in the 5th or 6th grade because I have never really made it past stringing beads onto stretchy cord, or making friendship bracelets, and those I haven’t done in a very long time.
So I surprised myself one day when I was flipping through a book of button jewelry I stopped on a picture of a necklace, and was suddenly inspired to make a necklace. Not the one in the book but something with covered buttons instead.
There were a lot of trial and errors that happened, but I am happy with the final results, and I hope you are too.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Cover Buttons – I preferred the no tool needed variety and used 4 each of the 1 1/2 inch and the 7/8 inch.
- Jewelry Tags
- 4 mm Jump Rings
- Jewelry Chain – I liked this style.
- Lobster Clasp
- Jewelry Tags
- Aleene’s Jewel-It Glue
- Felt Sheet
- Needle & Thread
- Beading Pliers
- Scrap Fabric
Start by removing the shank wire from my buttons. On the “No Tool Required” cover buttons this is supper easy. You just have to pinch the wire together, and it pops right out. I did try it on cover buttons that do require a tool, and it was no fun at all, trust me.
Then using the template that came on or with the package of cover buttons cut out my fabric circles. This is a great way to use all those fabric scraps you have.
While you are cutting things, traced the back of the covered buttons on to a sheet of felt and cut those out as well. You will want to cut out one for each bottom you are making.
This style of cover button has teeth, that catch the fabric and keep it in place. You want to tuck the fabric under the teeth, making your way around the button. The you take the back piece of the button, center it over the tucked in fabric, then push down firmly until back snaps into place. You will know it is in place when you hear it snap. Go ahead a do all the buttons right now.
Next take your felt circles, and arrange them how you would your buttons arranged. Once you have that decided, mark where the felt pieces touch, this will be where you want to sew you tags, so you can attach your buttons together. (If you don’t want to sew, you could also glue the tags onto the felt.)
Next you are going to glue the felt to the back of your buttons, with the side with the tags down. Giving the back a nice finished look.
Using the jump rings you are going to attach the buttons together. Open your jump rings just enough to loop them between the two of the tags you want to connect. To open jump rings correctly, grasp the jump ring on opposite sides using the flat nose pliers, and twist the ring until the required opening is achieved.
Once the two pieces are connected, close the jump ring by gripping both sides of the opening as before and twist it shut.
Continue until all the buttons are connected.
I am not going to lie…there were several times during this part that I was not having fun. Jump rings are not my friend, but we go through it.
Next you are going to add your chain and finding to your necklace. Cut 2 pieces of chain to the same length. I did about 8 1/2 inches long. Then using jump rings again, attach one end of each piece of the chain to your button design (one on each side). Finish off by adding your lobster clasp to the other ends of the chain.