ECT TV Episode 43: Buttons and Butterflies Necklace

ECT TV Episode 43:  Buttons and Butterflies Necklace

In today’s episode learn how to make this cute necklace with lots of little buttons, some larger buttons and butterfly beads.

In it you’ll learn:

  • How to wire wrap a button;
  • How to make a bead dangle; and
  • How to open and close jump rings properly.

Here’s the video:

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions for the Buttons and Butterflies Necklace:

ECT TV Episode 43:  Buttons and Butterflies Necklace

Tools and Materials:

  • Small buttons (I used about 60 3/8″ buttons)
  • Larger buttons (I used 5 3/4″ and larger buttons)
  • Butterfly beads (Mine are from Joann’s, but you could use any beads you like or use charms instead)
  • 7 mm jump rings (I used more than 70)
  • Lobster clasp
  • Chain
  • 20 gauge half hard round wire
  • 2″ headpins
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers

Buttons:

Of course, feel free to use any buttons you like.  You may want to use less if you don’t want that bunched up chunky look.

Jump rings:

If you’re not using the size buttons I am, that’s fine, but just make sure to test your jump rings with the buttons and find a size that will go through a hole on the button, the chain and close.

Step #1

Cut your chain.  I just measured it around my neck, decided where I wanted it to lay and cut it.  Then just put it aside for now.

Step #2

Wire Wrapped Button Charm

There are a few components to this necklace.  First we’ll make a wire wrapped button charm.

I use this technique for larger buttons that either a jump ring won’t go through or I don’t like the look of a large jump ring.  It’s also gives a little different look to some of the buttons.  These buttons will hang down a little lower.

ECT TV Episode 43:  Buttons and Butterflies Necklace

Cut a piece of the 20 gauge half hard round wire about 4″ long.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 43:  Buttons and Butterflies Necklace

Slide the wire through one hole of the button and then cross the wire on top of the button.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 43:  Buttons and Butterflies Necklace

ECT TV Episode 43:  Buttons and Butterflies Necklace

Twist the wires.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 43:  Buttons and Butterflies Necklace

Hold one of the wires in round nose pliers.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 43:  Buttons and Butterflies Necklace

ECT TV Episode 43:  Buttons and Butterflies Necklace

Wrap around the pliers to form a loop.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 43:  Buttons and Butterflies Necklace

You probably noticed the loop wasn’t centered on the button.  There are many ways to make it straight, but the way I do it is to hold the loop in chain nose pliers and while I’m wrapping the wire around one time I also straighten the loop.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 43:  Buttons and Butterflies Necklace

Then switch to the other hand, hold the loop in pliers and continue to wrap around with that wire using bent nose pliers to hold the wire or just your fingers.  Then wrap with the other wire.

Keep the wraps straight and close together and as neat as possible.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 43:  Buttons and Butterflies Necklace

Cut off any excess wire.

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 43:  Buttons and Butterflies Necklace

Make sure the ends of the wire are not poking out.

ECT TV Episode 43:  Buttons and Butterflies Necklace

Step #11

ECT TV Episode 43:  Buttons and Butterflies Necklace

I made a total of 5 of these larger wire wrapped buttons.

Step #12

Wire Wrapped Bead Dangle

Now we’ll take our butterfly beads and make them into bead dangles to use as charms.  Alternatively, you could just add some charms to your necklace or you could use any kind of beads and make bead dangles to add to your necklace.

ECT TV Episode 43:  Buttons and Butterflies Necklace

Slide a butterfly bead onto a headpin.

Step #13

ECT TV Episode 43:  Buttons and Butterflies Necklace

Hold the wire just above the bead with round nose pliers.

Step #14

ECT TV Episode 43:  Buttons and Butterflies Necklace

ECT TV Episode 43:  Buttons and Butterflies Necklace

Wrap the headpin around the round nose pliers to form a loop.

Step #15

ECT TV Episode 43:  Buttons and Butterflies Necklace

ECT TV Episode 43:  Buttons and Butterflies Necklace

Like in Step #7 above, straighten the loop out by holding it in chain nose pliers and straightening while wrapping the wire around one time.

Step #16

ECT TV Episode 43:  Buttons and Butterflies Necklace

Switch hands, hold the loop in your chain nose pliers and use your bend nose pliers or just use your hands to wrap the wire around.

Keep the wraps straight and close together and as neat as possible.

Step #17

ECT TV Episode 43:  Buttons and Butterflies Necklace

Trim off any excess wire.

Repeat 5 times.

Step #18

ECT TV Episode 43:  Buttons and Butterflies Necklace

Open a bunch of jump rings.  It’s quicker and easier to have a bunch open instead of stopping to open a jump ring each time you need one, especially when you’ll be using a significant amount such as in this project.  I used around 70 7mm jump rings.

Step #19

ECT TV Episode 43:  Buttons and Butterflies Necklace

Find the middle of your chain and add one of the wire wrapped buttons.

Step #20

ECT TV Episode 43:  Buttons and Butterflies Necklace

Decide how large you would like the decorated area of the chain to be and then add the rest of the larger buttons.  I didn’t end my button area with large buttons, but with the smaller ones, so I left some room on each side of the last large button to add smaller ones.

Step #21

ECT TV Episode 43:  Buttons and Butterflies Necklace

ECT TV Episode 43:  Buttons and Butterflies Necklace

I added a small button to every link.  Grab an open jump ring, put it through a link in your chain, add a small button and close it.

I worked from the middle out and I just used a random pattern for the colors of my buttons.  Depending on how large the links of your chain are, the buttons will have a kind of bunched up, layered look.

ECT TV Episode 43:  Buttons and Butterflies Necklace

Step #22

ECT TV Episode 43:  Buttons and Butterflies Necklace

I also added small buttons to the wire wrapped buttons: one in the wire wrapped loop and one attached to the jump ring attached to the wire wrapped button.

Step #23

ECT TV Episode 43:  Buttons and Butterflies Necklace

ECT TV Episode 43:  Buttons and Butterflies Necklace

Next I added the butterflies.  I used 2 jump rings so they’d hang a little bit down from the smaller buttons.  I ended up attaching them into the jump ring of the small buttons instead of directly to the chain itself.

Step #24

ECT TV Episode 43:  Buttons and Butterflies Necklace

Use a jump ring to attach the lobster clasp on one end of the chain.

Step #25

ECT TV Episode 43:  Buttons and Butterflies Necklace

On the other end, I added a couple jump rings and an additional butterfly bead.

ECT TV Episode 43:  Buttons and Butterflies Necklace

ECT TV Episode 43:  Buttons and Butterflies Necklace

Isn’t it cute?

And after I made this necklace, I have seen so many more butterflies.  Maybe a coincidence, but maybe not.  😉

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My Art Journal

Art Journal made with Binder

Today I have a video showing my new binder art journal that I put together.  It’s not jewelry making related….or is it?  :)

The more creative you are, the more creative you are.  So I have a lot of different creative outlets and they all make me feel more creative, even if it’s not exactly the same medium.

That being said, I don’t talking about jewelry or have any jewelry tips for you in this video, so if you’re not interested in my new art journal, I promise I won’t be offended if you don’t watch it!

In the video I promised some photos of my art journal pages.  These are all blank so far!  As you saw in the video I did complete one page so far and I’m working another one.

So here are some photos:

Binder Art Journal

At the moment this is the first page, but, of course, this is a binder so it may get switched around eventually.  This is a paper from a 6″ X 6″ scrapbook paper pad I love.  I do mostly pocket page scrapbooking now, so I can’t imagine exactly how I would make this particular paper work.  I love it, so I added it here.  (I have a second page just like this if I do decide I want to use it in a scrapbook.

Binder Art Journal

I added some small ephemera to give it some interest.  There’s an old library card catalog and a bingo card.

Binder Art Journal

That’s another small scrapbook paper that I really like that will be perfect for journaling.

Binder Art Journal

This is from a Griffin and Sabine calendar I had several years ago.  It had a lot of art that I love in it, so I’ve saved a lot of the pages.  (There is a reason I’m a craft hoarder!)  As I mentioned in the video, I will probably use these pages more as inspiration and not really paint or draw over them, but I guess only time will tell.

Binder Art Journal

This was from an old address book I don’t use anymore.  I love the map.  I actually meant to add in some other maps, too, which I may add in later.  That’s a great benefit to this being a binder, I can add, remove and move around pages at any time.

Binder Art Journal

Another library catalog card plus the front of a piece of sheet music that I thought was beautiful.

Binder Art Journal

That small card is an example of a Project Life card that I punched holes in and added.  I used a few throughout so I can add quotes or some journaling.

Binder Art Journal

This example is a small scrap of some art paper I had saved and behind it is a calendar page.

For any of the papers throughout, I may use them as a background, use them in artwork in the journal or just leave them as they are in the journal.  Since it’s all in a binder, it’s very flexible.

Binder Art Journal

As I mentioned in the video, I used a small 8 1/2″ X 5 1/2″ binder from Target.  Then I simply gathered up different ephemera and punched holes in it.  A big majority of the pages are plain cardstock that I cut in half so I would have plenty of room for making art.

I hope this inspires you and I would love to know if you’re going to make your own art journal.  You can leave a comment below. :)

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My Favorite Necklace & Why

My Favorite Necklace and Why

My very favorite necklace.

As you may imagine – and as may be the case for you if you make jewelry, too – I have a significant amount of jewelry.  There are pieces that I wear with certain outfits, pieces for special occasions only and pieces that I wear only once in a while.

Every so often I get hooked on a piece of jewelry that I wear all the time, even almost every single day.

For me, that is this necklace.

My Favorite Necklace and Why

I wear this necklace all the time.  The other day I was at my stepdaughter’s graduation party and I had given my stepdaughter an album filled with photos I had taken for prom for her.  I was in one of the photos and I was wearing this necklace.  I was also wearing the necklace at the party.  My mom pointed this out to me and really all I could do was laugh.  What can I say?  I love this necklace.

But why?

So if you’ve been following along with this blog, you may have done my free mini workshop this week.  (Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3) I mentioned that turquoise was one of my favorite colors.  That I wear mostly black and white, but when I do wear colors, the colors I most often wear are in the turquoise/green/blue color scheme.  So that brings us to the first reason I love this necklace.

#1  It’s one of my favorite colors. 

It matches my outfits when I do wear colors.  I also wear it with my black and white outfits, too and it adds a pop of color to them.

#2  It’s my favorite stone.

The necklace using my favorite stone, which is turquoise.  I have a lot of turquoise jewelry.  Turquoise is a protector stone and I love that about it, but I mostly love the color.

#3  It goes with a lot of my outfits.

I mentioned this above, but it goes with a lot of my clothes.

#4  I love the design.

I absolutely love this design.  As you may know, I really like simple, clean jewelry designs.  This piece is a little more complicated, but it’s still simple in design.

I also love that it combine techniques.  My husband even noticed it the first time I wore it.  Well, he said that necklace looks like 2 of your necklaces combined.

And that was really the point with this necklace.  Combining designs in a different way.

#5  I love wearing my own designs and I’m particularly proud of this one.

This necklace feels like me.  I designed it.  People will often comment on my jewelry and I’m especially proud to tell them that I designed and made this piece.

My Favorite Necklace and Why

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Free Workshop on Creativity & Jewelry Making Part 3: Jewelry Project

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Today we’re on Part 3:  Jewelry Making Project

We’ll use the inspiration from the creative booster in Part 1 together with the jewelry making skills lessons in Part 2 to make a custom, unique bracelet.  (Or make any jewelry you feel inspired to create!)

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You’ll use the inspiration from the Creativity Booster in Part 1 along with the jewelry making skills you learned in Part 2 together to make your bracelet.

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