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« on: January 25, 2016 07:09:15 PM »

I made these as raffle prizes for the Winter Nerd Battles.  They are really easy to do!




Choose some buttons that you feel complement each other and arrange them on some felt of a complimentary color.  After you've made a configuration you like, cut the shanks off the buttons that will be on the bottom.  Sometimes it works best to leave one or two with the shanks still attached, when they are kind of sitting up on top of other buttons.  Definitely leave the shanks attached to the ones on either side of top of the arrangement, and cut a slit in the felt where the shanks on those two buttons will poke through.  Glue the buttons on in the arrangement you've chosen (I use E6000) and leave it overnight to set.


After the glue is set, cut the excess felt away from the design.


Use jump rings to attach your chain to the shanks that poke through the felt.


Add your clasp and wear your creation!
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« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2016 08:46:50 PM »

These are great.  So simplistic, but pack quite a punch.  I love the way the different buttons add different textures and interest.
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« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2016 08:53:34 PM »

I love these!!! I want to make some with my vintage buttons!
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« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2016 05:15:27 AM »

Thanks, guys!  I'm glad you like them!
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« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2016 01:51:32 PM »

Great use for buttons!
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« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2016 05:00:12 PM »

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« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2016 10:34:02 AM »

I like this idea! I have buttons, but also a ton of old 80's earrings, and random broken jewelry bits. As long as I used a couple of shank buttons for the chain, I could use up some of my other bits, too. Bookmarking!
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« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2016 09:45:04 AM »

Yes, Bookstorebabe, I have made these with random jewelry bits thrown in as well.  I've also used earrings with posts instead of the shanked buttons, and used jewelry pliers to bend the posts into a loop to attach a chain to. (Just make sure you do the bending before the gluing because if the post isn't all that firm, it may snap off and then you're kind of stuck with no loop for your chain.)  And every piece is unique!  Grin  I'd love to see what you all come up with!
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