ECT TV Episode 44: Button Earrings

ECT TV Episode 44: Button Earrings

In today’s episode of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV (ECT TV), learn how to make button earrings.

ECT TV Episode 44: Button Earrings

These earrings coordinate with the Buttons and Butterflies Necklace from ECT TV Episode 43.

The main skill you’ll learn in this episode is how to open and close jump rings.

Video Tutorial:

I showed how to make your own earring wires in ECT TV Episode 24.  You can make your own or use pre-made earring wires if you like.

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And use the hashtag #ECTTV when sharing photos on Instagram of the projects you make from ECT TV.

Step-by-Step Photo Tutorial for the Button Earrings:

ECT TV Episode 44: Button Earrings

Tools & Materials:

  • Buttons – I used 6 for each earring
  • 1 jump ring for each button *
  • Earring wires (or see link above to make your own)
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers

*If you did the project for ECT TV Episode 43 and are using the same buttons you probably already know what size jump rings to use.  I used 3/8″ buttons and 7 mm jump rings, but you may have to experiment with jump ring sizes to get the right size for your buttons.

Step #1

Lay out your buttons how you would like them to hang on the earrings.  I used 6 for each earring, so I matched them up and placed them in a row.  It’s easier to do this at the beginning.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 44: Button Earrings

I like to open all the jump rings I need for a project at one time so I don’t have to stop to open them as I go along.

This project takes 12 jump rings.

How to open a jump ring:

ECT TV Episode 44: Button Earrings

Find the opening slit in the jump ring.  Hold the jump ring with chain nose pliers and bent nose pliers with the slit centered.

ECT TV Episode 44: Button Earrings

Move one pair of pliers toward you and the other away from you to open the jump ring.  Do not open it out.  You’ll maintain the circle but just open the jump ring.

ECT TV Episode 44: Button Earrings

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 44: Button Earrings

Add a button to one of the jump rings.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 44: Button Earrings

Close the jump ring.  To close a jump ring just do what you did to open it but in reverse.  I like to go back and forth the point where it would be closed a couple times.  You may hear or feel it click closed.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 44: Button Earrings

Add an open jump ring to the closed jump ring.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 44: Button Earrings

Add the next button to the open jump ring and close it.

ECT TV Episode 44: Button Earrings

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 44: Button Earrings

Continue to add the buttons with jump rings in the same way until all six are added.

HINT:  To make a balanced pair of earrings, make sure that you place every other button on every other side of the earrings as you go along.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 44: Button Earrings

Open an earring wire.  (Just like opening jump rings.)

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 44: Button Earrings

Place the top jump ring into the earring wire.

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 44: Button Earrings

Close the earring wire.

Step #11

ECT TV Episode 44: Button Earrings

Repeat for the second earring.

Then take a photo on Instagram and use the hashtag #ECTTV 🙂


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