How to Make a Stacked-Button Necklacecomments (15) June 12th, 2012
I spend a lot of time trolling around eBay, looking for good craft lots. Often I buy several hundred buttons at once! Now, usually there are some really special buttons hiding in these button lots, but for the most part, the stash is filled with your standard pearl buttons. I recently got one such button lot in the mail and thought, "Hmmm...what to do with these boring buttons?" That's when I had my aha moment: Stack them up! These accessories are super-simple to make and fun to wear. You can make them in pretty much any color you would like depending on your button assortment.
What you'll need for the necklace:
- About 22 inches of beading thread (you can make a longer or shorter necklace as desired)
- Two bead tips
- About 160 buttons from very small to large
- Jewelry glue
- Two jump rings
- One clasp
To make the necklace:
1. Tie a knot close to the end of your thread, and add a bead tip with the open part of the bead tip facing the knot. Make another knot directly above the other side of the bead tip.
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.
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.
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.
What you'll need for the earrings:
- Four small sequins or sead beads
- Four headpins
- 26 to 30 buttons in different sizes
- Wire cutters
- Two jump rings
- Two earring wires
To make the earrings:
1. Add one sequin or seed bead to two headpins. I like to use a sequin because you can't see it at all under the buttons.
2. Starting with the largest button, "thread" the two headpins through the button holes so the button lies flat against the sequins. Continue threading on buttons until you get to the smallest size.
3. Trim the headpins with the wire cutters. Add a jump ring to both headpins, and use your pliers to close the headpins over the jump ring. Open the jump ring and add an earring wire.
4. Repeat to make the other earring.
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