How to Make a Stacked-Button Necklace

comments (14) June 12th, 2012     

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My finished necklace!
Make piles of different-sized buttons.
My finished earrings!
My finished necklace!

My finished necklace!

Photo: Kayte Terry
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2. Separate your buttons into piles by size. I had tons of white, pearl, and off-white buttons, so I chose to use these and add a bit of random bling with some gold beads. Make sure you have an even number of all your buttons as you will be splitting them up to go on either side of the necklace.


After you add the bead tip, start threading on buttons. It doesn't matter which hole you thread the buttons on.

3. Start with the smallest buttons: Thread a needle onto the beading thread, and use this to thread half of the buttons onto the necklace. Since buttons have pretty big holes, you don't need to worry about using a beading needle.


I kept my color design sort of random, but if you want to you can plan out your colors a bit more.

4. Move on to the next size, threading half the buttons on, and continue until you reach the largest button. I used three large buttons for the center of the necklace and then started working my way down to the smallest buttons again.

5. Tie a knot at the end of the necklace, thread another bead tip on, with the halves facing outward. Tie another knot inside the tip. Clip the thread above the knot. Add a drop of jewelry glue inside the bead tip and use pliers to close the tip. Repeat for the other bead tip.

6. Add jump rings to both bead-tip hooks and close the hooks with pliers. Open one jump ring and add a clasp.


My finished necklace!

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Comments (14)

PaulsonMary writes: What a beautiful creation from waste material, this can be used as school or college project. But seriously looking damn good. http://2hellobeautiful.com
Posted: 1:47 am on May 23rd
EchoLin writes: it's a good pattern of button jewlery.
Posted: 1:52 am on March 30th
EchoLin writes: beautiful, it's a good pattern for me, thank you.
Posted: 5:06 am on March 27th
Nodan writes: I like the buttons. I think the jewelry made by buttons are very easy to make. It will be very beautiful if you have choose the beautiful buttons.
Posted: 12:44 am on January 19th
TheButtonGirl writes: That looks really awesome! Some rare yet cheap shell buttons, especially with floral patterns: lotsofbuttons.com/collections/shell-buttons. I think I'm going to make one with the multicolored buttons so it looks like a candy necklace like what you said Bmak :)
Posted: 6:04 am on September 25th
sabrina1087 writes: sooooooooooo cool
Posted: 6:04 pm on July 20th
janettalk writes: This necklace is lovely. If you explained it to me without pictures, I would have questioned the whole idea. However, you pulled it off beautifully. Thanks for sharing.
Janet
Posted: 6:45 pm on June 21st
bmakbutton writes: wow! this is beautiful. this reminds me of the candy necklaces that we used to wear when we were younger. I think what I love about this is the sparse mixture of gold on white buttons. and the differing buttons sizes adds a nice natural touch to it.

awesome!
Posted: 5:33 am on June 13th
BluKatDesign writes: I love button jewelry; I have a couple pieces I made but I really like this stacked button necklace! I never seem to have enough buttons so I guess I will have to break down and buy some! Thanks!
Posted: 8:14 pm on December 30th
ojosdelaluna writes: i really love this idea.
Posted: 6:31 pm on May 30th
swinginmartinis writes: I was so inspired by this that I went on an ebay quest and found lots of plastic buttons and of Mother of Pearl Buttons. I thought the Mother of Pearl Buttons would look great stacked, but it's the tops, not the sides of those buttons that look so pretty. I was able to use those in another project, but am still putting together the best plastic buttons for this great idea!
Rock on lady!
Posted: 5:22 pm on May 1st
Plushmaven writes: I love this & just think with Diane Gilleland's nifty button painting tips you could use all your bland white buttons and add some fabulous color. Thanks for the great idea Kayte :)
Posted: 10:01 am on March 30th
CarlaT writes: I like working with button love this idea!
Posted: 9:54 am on March 30th
Silverridge0 writes: As an antiques dealer for years, I've collected thousands of buttons,some ordinary (sorted by colors!) and then some beautiful ones. But you've given me a fresh idea as to what to do with all the mundane ones! I make jewelry, so this is my next project! Summer needs a colorful button necklace, earrings and bracelet! So here goes! Thanks!! Sherry
Posted: 1:37 am on March 28th
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