Wire Wrapped Button Bracelet Tutorial

How to make a wire wrapped button braceletLearn how to make buttons into wire wrapped links that you can then use to make jewelry.

How to make a wire wrapped button braceletMaterials:

  • Buttons:  really pretty wood buttons with floral designs from K & C Supplies.  Click here to get them!
  • Beads:  Autumn Colors Glass Beads from Happy Mango Beads.
  • 18 Gauge wire
  • 20 gauge wire
  • 5 or 6 7 mm jump rings
  • Lobster claw clasp
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • A second pair of pliers (chain nose, bent nose, etc.)
  • Optional:  Nylon jaw pliers

If you learn via video better, I shot a video tutorial on how to make the button links:

Step #1

How to make a wire wrapped button braceletCut a piece of the 18 gauge wire to about 6 inches (you could use 20 gauge if that’s what you have).

Bend it loosely in half.

Step #2

How to make a wire wrapped button braceletPull the wire onto the button like in the photo.  It will click into place.

Step #3

How to make a wire wrapped button braceletHow to make a wire wrapped button braceletBend out the wire ends, sort of like how you bend out the prongs on a brad.

Step #4

How to make a wire wrapped button braceletMake a mark on your chain nose pliers about halfway down.  It’s not important where the mark is made, but it is important that you use that mark throughout the entire project.

Hold the wire above the button and line it up with the mark on the pliers.

Step #5

How to make a wire wrapped button braceletBend the wire in a 90 degree angle against the edge of the pliers.

Step #6

How to make a wire wrapped button braceletPlace your round nose pliers in the bend.

(You’ll notice that I also have a mark on my round nose pliers to ensure uniform loops throughout the project as well.)

Step #7

How to make a wire wrapped button braceletWrap around the barrel of the pliers and under (between the pliers and the button).

Then straighten the loop.

Step #8

How to make a wire wrapped button braceletHold the loop in chain nose pliers and use another pair of pliers to make wraps until you reach the button.  Clip any excess wire and make sure it’s not poking out.

Step #9

How to make a wire wrapped button braceletRepeat for the other side.

Make 4 of these links (or however many you need for the length of your bracelet.)

How to make a wire wrapped button bracelet

Step #10

How to make a wire wrapped button braceletI created 3 bead dangles to hang between each button.  You could use regular store bought head pins if you like, but I made my own spiral head pins.

Cut about 3 inches of the 20 gauge wire.

Hold between the round nose pliers.  The wire should not be poking up through the top.

Step #11

How to make a wire wrapped button braceletRoll your wrist away from you wrapping the wire around the barrel of the pliers.  At the same time use your fingers to wrap it as well.

Roll as far as you can, readjust the pliers and then repeat to complete a loop.  It should look like a P.

How to make a wire wrapped button braceletStep #12

How to make a wire wrapped button braceletHow to make a wire wrapped button braceletHold the loop in chain nose pliers.  Bend the wire up and spiral around the original loop by readjusting the wire and bending it around.

Step #13

How to make a wire wrapped button braceletHow to make a wire wrapped button braceletBend the wire up so it’s straight above the spiral.

Step #14

How to make a wire wrapped button bracelet

Slide 3 or 4 beads onto the wire.

Step #15

How to make a wire wrapped button braceletCreate a wire wrapped loop as described above in steps #4 – 8.

How to make a wire wrapped button braceletStep #16

How to make a wire wrapped button braceletOpen a 7 mm jump ring.  If you need help with this, check out my video on how to properly open and close jump rings.

Step #17

Wire wrapped Button Bracelet DIYAdd a button link, 3 bead dangles and then another button link. The button links should be facing each other with the dangles sandwiched in the middle.

Wire wrapped Button Bracelet DIYClose the jump ring.

Step #18

Continue doing this to add all of the button links.

Step #19

Wire wrapped Button Bracelet DIYAdd a lobster clasp to one side using a jump ring and then a few jump rings to the other side.

I added some dangles to the the jump ring holding the lobster clasp and to the end of the other jump rings as well.

Wire wrapped Button Bracelet DIYNow you have a fun and unique new bracelet!  Add more buttons or a chain to make a necklace instead!


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How to Make a Multi-Strand Bracelet with Button Accent

Multi-Strand Bracelet with Button Accent TutorialI was visiting my parents and my mom needed some thread, so we stopped at Joanne’s Fabric.  I went to check out the jewelry making section and I saw these beads:

Multi-Strand Bracelet with Button Accent TutorialAnd I don’t know if it was that they exactly matched what I was wearing and I needed some jewelry to go with it, or they were just so shiny or what it was, but I knew I had to have them.

I wondered around the store and found this cool button:

Multi-Strand Bracelet with Button Accent TutorialWhen I put them together I loved the effect.  Shiny and bright with an aged, neutral look.

Here’s how I made the bracelet:

How to make a multistrand bracelet Materials and Tools:

  • A big bunch of beads!  These were Blue Moon beads I purchased at Joanne Fabric.  (Use any small beads you like.)
  • A big statement or accent button.  Again, I got it at Joanne’s, but you can pick up a button anywhere you can get sewing supplies or from your own button stash.
  • Beading wire.
  • A big, gorgeous toggle clasp from Happy Mango Beads.  You will need a nice big toggle clasp or alternatively you could use a lobster clasp with some chain or links on the other side.
  • Crimp beads.  I use two for each end of each strand, so I used 32 total!
  • Crimp bead covers for each crimp bead.  Optional.  I actually didn’t use them this time because there were so many!
  • Wire cutters
  • Crimp tool or chain nose pliers.

Step #1

How to make a multistrand braceletMeasure around your wrist and then add lots of extra inches for room to work with your bracelet.  Then cut 8 pieces of wire the same length.  (You obviously can use less or more strands if you like!)

Step #2

How to make a multistrand braceletPull all of the strands together through the button hole.

How to make a multistrand braceletThen pull them through the other hole and center them as seen in the photo.

Step #3

How to make a multistrand braceletStart beading each strand.  Remember, each strand has to go halfway around your wrist.

TIP:

How to make a multistrand braceletUse scotch tape or a bead saver at the end of each strand to hold the beads on.  Otherwise, and trust me on this, you will bump it, move it or forget that the beads aren’t secure and have to start over again.

How to make a multistrand braceletStep #4

How to make a multistrand braceletCheck to make sure all of your strands are even (or you can just do this as you go along or even count the number of beads and use the same number……..)

Step #5

How to make a multistrand braceletAt this point we’re ready to start securing the bracelet to the clasp.  If you don’t know how to use crimp beads, you can watch ECT TV Episode 58 for 2 different ways to crimp.  Click here for that video.

Step #6

How to Make a Multi-Strand BraceletYou have a couple of options at this step.  you could secure the strands to something else which would then connect to the toggle.  I considered making a bead link.  You could use a jump ring, but I highly suggest you use a soldered jump ring.  Or you could use any kind of closed link.

The big toggle clasp I used had plenty of room to put all the strands through, so I just connected right to the clasp.

Make sure that you check the bracelet fit PLUS add a little more if you’re using this big toggle because you’ll have to get the bar through the loop and it’s long!

TIP:

When making this bracelet, it’s easy for the strands to get all mixed up and then you don’t know which end goes with which end.  Just very gently pull on one end and you’ll see the other end move.

I would attach one full strand at a time to each end of the toggle as I went along.  Close all the crimp beads and add crimp bead covers if you’re using them.

How to Make a Multi-Strand BraceletHow to Make a Multi-Strand Bracelet

How to Make a Multi-Strand BraceletStep #7How to Make a Multi-Strand BraceletPull gently on each strand to make sure it’s secure and then trim all the excess wire.

Step #8

How to Make a Multi-Strand BraceletAnd you’re done.

It is relatively simple, it’s just a little time consuming making so many strands of those little beads.  It was completely worth it, though!!

How to Make a Multi-Strand Bracelet