How to Make a Covered-Button Bracelet and Ring Setcomments (20) March 15th, 2009
I absolutely love covered buttons, and when I was thinking up new button projects for this month, I knew I wanted to make something fun with a handful of them. I thought I'd try using one of my favorite fabrics—a Denyse Schmidt print from her Katie Jump Rope collection—to decorate a simple bracelet and ring pairing. You can make your own version in any size or scale of covered buttons, using a favorite print or pattern.
What you'll need:
- One bracelet blank (I got mine at eloxite.com)
- One ring blank (I got mine at metalliferous.com)
- Covered-button kit—one button for each bracelet link, plus one for the ring (I used a total of seven in the 3/4-inch size)
- Fabric remnant of your choice
- Sharp scissors and pliers
- Glue (I used Aleene's 7800 Platinum Bond)
- Plain buttons, one for each bracelet link and one for the ring (more on this in step 2)
1. Following the covered-button kit package directions and template, cut out the fabric circles for your buttons. Before making the covered buttons, use your pliers to remove the shank from each button backing. (You can also remove it after the buttons are finished, but I think it's easier to do it first.)
2. Create seven (or the number needed to make a bracelet and ring, one for each link) covered buttons, following the package directions. Now choose seven boring, plain sew-through buttons you will never use for another craft project that are smaller than the covered buttons—they should fit nicely into the back recess of the covered buttons to fill that empty space. Do not use cute, inspirational buttons for this step—these behind-the-scenes buttons should be workhorses, not ballerinas.
3. Apply a generous dab of glue right into the back of the first covered button and press a plain sew-through button into it. Repeat with the other six. Let them set until the glue is mostly or completely dry and the inner button is not easily moved.
4. Once the glue is set, you'll use another generous dab of glue to attach one covered button to each link of the bracelet, and one to the ring blank. Let the glue set completely before wearing.
Variation: I think this would be really cute with a mix of fabrics, like a colorful charm bracelet! Or coordinate it to another covered-button piece like Kayte Terry's super-pretty Covered-Button Cardigan.
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