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« on: April 08, 2012 03:02:57 AM »

OK, perfectly ordinary buttons! But I had fun making these






Ingredients
Buttons
Stringing elastic
Glue
Cross stich plastic stuff
Wire
Piece of material to cover the wires

Having worn the blue set for a week it seems that most people like the pendant, so that gets added to the list of stuff to make and do!

Yay!
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« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2012 06:35:29 AM »

Very cute! I love button jewellery.
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« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2012 07:28:15 AM »

All those are really nifty! Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2012 08:25:24 AM »

I love these! Did you use the cross stitch plastic on the back of the larger clusters? Those are the ones I have been searching for a tutorial on!!!!
 
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« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2012 06:38:17 AM »

Yes, but you don't need a full on tute!

Cut a piece of cross stitch plastic, mine is quite fine and has little holes but I suspect almost any hole size will do.

Sort your buttons and arrange them a bit - it will change as you go but I like starting with an idea.

Cut a length of wire, not too long you need to avoid kinking it. I used about 12 inches, it was OK to handle.

Poke wire through a hole, I start at one edge. Keep a short length on the back, you wrap/poke loose ends into/under it as you go. Thread a botton and pass the wire back through the plastic, pull it tight or leave it longer and twist on the right side to raise a button up. You can easily slide other buttons underneath to hide the plastic.

Keep going till you are happy. You may need more than one length of wire (oh and I just grabbed some I liked the feel of, no particular thickness). When you have finished weave all the loose ends down. I used round nosed pliers to give things a twist but the buttons rattle very pleasingly if left a little loose.

Trim the plastic, I used side cutters cos that's what I have. Leave a plastic hole in the right place if you want it to be a pendant, you pass a jump ring through, my twisted wire attempt isn't really successful.

Cut felt (I use felted jumper scraps) to cover the wires. I hot glued mine down. Took a lot of glue but feels nice and smooth.

And that's it! You are really just sewing buttons onto cross stitch mats with wire.

Oh, I tried carpet thread thinking it would be cheaper and easier to use, but it pulls the buttons into weird angles. The wire allows each to sit flat regardless of what is under or over it!

Happy wiring!
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« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2012 01:58:40 PM »

Thanks for explaining how you made these.  I really like the purple and pink flower one you made myself.
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