Make a Sushi Button Bracelet

comments (2) March 2nd, 2009     

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Jen_W Jennifer Worick, contributor
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This bracelet sort of makes you hanker for a spicy tuna roll, doesnt it?
Gather your materials before beginning.
When you crimp, leave a bit of wiggle room with the loop and clasp; it will make it easier to put on and to wear.
This bracelet sort of makes you hanker for a spicy tuna roll, doesnt it?

This bracelet sort of makes you hanker for a spicy tuna roll, doesn't it?

Photo: Jennifer Worick

I love sushi, and when I saw these buttons, I thought they’d make a hip and whimsical bracelet to show off my favorite foodstuff. I got the idea from my friend Jacob Livingston, an amazing jewelry designer who made a similar one with Frida Kahlo buttons.

What you’ll need:

  • Three 10-inch pieces of medium- or lightweight SoftFlex
  • A three-strand clasp
  • Six 2 x 2 crimp beads
  • Crimping pliers
  • Cutters
  • 138 4mm bicone Swarovski crystals (I used Indian Red)
  • Six three-hole spacers
  • Three 3/4-inch buttons with shanks
  • Six crimp covers

Note: This 7-1/2-inch bracelet works beautifully for small to medium wrists. Add additional crystals at each end if you would like a longer bracelet.


Gather your materials before beginning.

Step 1: Slip on a crimp to a piece of SoftFlex, and thread it through one hole of your clasp. Thread the wire back through the crimp bead and crimp. Repeat it for other two strands. Clip off excess wire as close to the crimp as you can.


When you crimp, leave a bit of wiggle room with the loop and clasp; it will make it easier to put on and to wear.

Step 2: Start stringing your crystals. Thread 15 on each strand. String the strands onto a three-hole spacer to connect them. Add one crystal to the outer strands and your first button to the center strand. Add another spacer.


Add a crystal to the outer strands to compensate for the button's shank and secure with a three-hole spacer.

 

String seven crystals on each strand and then repeat the process: spacer, one crystal on outer strands and a button on the inner strand (if there is an image on your button, make sure each is configured in the right direction), another spacer.

String seven more beads onto each strand, add a spacer, thread one bead on the outer strands and one button onto the center wire, add a final spacer. Now add 15 more crystals on each strand.


Stringing this bracelet only takes about an hour.

Step 3: Let’s finish things up. Crimp the other ends, making sure the wire is taut and the crimp is snug against the beads but with a slight bit of room at the loop so the strands can move. Clip the excess wire. Fit a crimp cover over each crimp and gently close each with chain-nose pliers.


Adding a crimp cover to your crimps polishes your work beautifully and just looks like a small silver bead.

 


Makes you hanker for a spicy tuna roll, doesn't it?

The materials I used can be found at Fusion Beads.

In other news, I recently started a new blog. Things I Want to Punch in the Face features a peeve a day. From Molly Ringwald's prom dress in Pretty in Pink (worst cinematic letdown ever) to the word "namaste" to those animal abuse commercials with Sarah McLachlan, the blog is a place where I can vent in a humorous way. I hope you'll check it out and tell me what crafty things you want to smack down!

In the future, you can find me at my website or blogs, Things I Want to Punch in the Face and Prairie Tales. My new book, Backcountry Betty: Crafting with Style, is in stores now.

posted in: bracelet, beads, buttons, beading, sushi, crystal

Comments (2)

Denera writes: I can't wait to try to make this. I'm alwayslooking for patterns using shank buttons.
Posted: 2:50 pm on January 4th
Softflexgirl writes: I see the manicure is still holding up well, make the photos extra nice. :)

Thanks for using Soft Flex!

Your fave Soft Flex'er,
Sara
Posted: 4:55 pm on March 2nd
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