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« on: August 14, 2008 06:31:20 AM »

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I bought a lovely vintage glass button at the Bead & Button show this summer. I tried to make a bracelet with the button as a focal bead (the button has a shank on the back). Unfortunately, the button doesn't lay flat... it rather flops side to side like a table with one short leg.  Any suggestions?
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« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2008 10:41:36 AM »

Can you post a pic of it? What technique are you using on the rest of the bracelet?

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« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2008 04:51:29 PM »

I'll try to get a pic up in the next day or two. Thanks for the response. I realize now my desc. really needs a photo to clarify what I mean. Thanks again.
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2008 03:16:23 PM »

How about something like this?

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« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2008 03:19:30 PM »

If it's a shank button, you could do a three-strand bracelet with tigertail and bar findings that keep the strands parallel. Then, you can use bigger beads to either side of the button, but where the strands pass underneath the button, use a row of beads with a radius close to the height of the button shank, and the sides of the button will rest upon them.

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« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2008 06:23:36 AM »

What about if you do a connected 3 strand bracelet with the button on the middle strand so that the other two strands kinda hold the button up? See what I'm saying?

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« Reply #6 on: September 29, 2008 10:47:30 AM »

I have used a button as a clasp before. Create a loop on on end that will fit over the button but with a little effort so it doesn't fall off. Then on the other end attach the button if its one with a shank just like you would any other clasp. I hope that made sense. I can clarify I you need me to.
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« Reply #7 on: October 04, 2008 03:39:13 PM »

depending on the style of bracelet, i can show you a couple of techniques that might work.  it all depends on the bracelet type that you are making.two and three strands are really easy, single strands not quite as so, but still easy.

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