Last week, I made button rings that were inspired by a couple of the other Iron Crafters’ projects from the button challenge. Well, I was also inspired by the button bracelet made by QAMom that week and knew I needed to make some to match my rings.
This project couldn’t be easier and I love the results. Look at how great it matches the black and white ring last week. Now, I feel like I need the perfect little black and white outfit to go with my jewelry.
Button Bracelet How-To
Jump Rings – They need to be slightly bigger than your buttons, my buttons were about 6mm and the rings were 7mm.
Two pairs of pliers – You want pliers that don’t have ridges on the inside, so they don’t mar the jump rings. I got a set of three jewelry pliers for $9.99 at Michael’s.
The amount of buttons and jump rings you need will depend on their size and the size of your wrist.
Making the Bracelet:
Use one set of pliers to hold a jump ring and another to bend it open enough to fit a button on. I bend it by holding one end in place and pulling the other forward. I find this way makes it easier to close the ring once your buttons are on without mis-shaping it. If you pull them apart sideways, making a C shape, it is harder to retain the circular shape when closing.
Put two buttons on the open ring. If your buttons have sides, make sure the same sides are facing the same way when you hold them side by side.
Use the pliers to close the jump ring. Sometimes you may need to use two sets of pliers to get it to close tightly.
Keep adding rings and buttons to form a chain until it is long enough to go around your wrist.
Put a jump ring on each end of the chain and attach the clasp.
Now I’m off to make a white one!
© 2005 – 2011 Kathy Lewinski & Susan Cornish