I am very excited to share my first DIY tutorial. The button bracelet is simple to make but does require a bit of time and patience. The amount of time depends on how complex you decide to make your design.
All available around the house, at craft stores, or online. I always recommend Rio Grande for online supplies.
What you will need -
- Wire cutters, Round-nose pliers, and Flat-nose pliers (Any will work but craft or jewelry pliers are recommended. Their flat surfaces are less likely to mark metal)
- Tape Measure
- Wire (22 gauge is recommended)
- Jump Rings
- Chain – Choose one with links large enough for your jump rings to easily attach to. Feel free to use chain from an old piece of jewelry.
- Clasp of your choice. Again, feel free to take one from old jewelry.
- Buttons – Either collected or purchased.
You may also want to use other beads or charms. This is a great way to upcycle pieces from old jewelry you no longer wear. You may also want to buy headpins (they look like pin size nails).
Begin by measuring your wrist and cutting the chain the appropriate length. Most chain will have links that can be opened with pliers. (You can learn how to open chain by watching a video here)
If your chain doesn’t have links that open, you may need to snip the chain with your wire cutters.
Add Your Clasp-
Use the open link to attach the first piece of your clasp. Slide the clasp onto the link before using pliers to reclose the link. You can then open the other end of the chain to attach the other side of the clasp. (If your links do not open, save this step until we review jump rings. You can add the clasp at the end.)
Turn Your Buttons Into Charms-
Next, cut a length of wire that is about 6″ long. (You can cut shorter lengths as you become more comfortable gauging how much you will need for each button.) Use the round-nose pliers to form a loop. It is okay if your loop is not a perfect circle. It will undergo adjustment when the button is added.
The button will slide onto this loop. Once in place, adjust the wire as necessary so the wire sides meet at the top of the button. Use your pliers to hold the wires at their bases while you wrap one wire around the other 2 or 3 times. Clip the wrapping wire close to the base wrap and use your pliers to tuck it tightly against the wraps.
If you would like to add a bead or charm, simply slide it onto the remaining wire. You may also choose to skip adding any extra elements. Form another loop and trim any excess wire. This will be the basic component for your button bracelet.
You can create additional components with beads or charms to accent your button components.
Design Your Pattern
Once your components are completed, lay out your basic design. Make sure you spread heavier beads evenly to prevent your bracelet from spinning too much on your wrist.
Attach The Components To The Chain
Use your pliers to open the jump rings and attach the buttons to the chain.
Your button bracelet can be as busy or as simplistic as you choose by adding more or less components.
You can use these steps to create many different looks. Try using components in similar colors, contrasting metals, or other variations to design bracelets for every occasion.
I added complimentary clasps to another length of chain to allow the option of turning the button bracelet into a necklace!
Button bracelets make great gifts! Use buttons from a child’s clothes to make a sentimental gift for mom. Save buttons for many years and create a bold bracelet for a graduate. This is an adorable gift for the person who helps your little one with their buttons and laces while they are at school or daycare!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and I would love to hear your questions and feedback in the comments. You can always contact me directly if you are interested in purchasing this design or to request a tutorial for a different design.
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