Wire Wrapped Button Pendants

Wire Wrapped Button Pendants

Last week I posted ECT TV Episode 43, the Button and Butterflies Necklace.  In it you’ll learn a few techniques.

One of the techniques is wire wrapping a button.

You can use this skill to make quick and super cute button pendants, too!  I made several the other day and I’m loving how adorable they turned out.

You could stack a couple buttons and do the same technique, too!

If you want to make these cute pendants, it’s the first thing I show you how to make in ECT TV Episode 43 and then you just add the button to a chain or cord.

Wire Wrapped Button Pendants

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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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ECT TV Episode 18: How to Make a Button Charm Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 18How to make a bracelet with buttons ECT TV Episode 18! 

ECT TV stands for Emerging Creatively Tutorials Television.  I share a new episode mostly weekly.  You can catch up on back episodes by clicking the ECT TV tab above or clicking here.

This week’s episode includes:

  • A creativity booster (something to help you find, rediscover or pump up your creativity);
  • How to open and close jump rings properly; and
  • A fun tutorial:  How to Make a Button Charm Bracelet.

The tutorial in this week’s episode looks so impressive, but it really only takes one technique that you likely already know how to do:  opening and closing jump rings.  And even if you don’t know how to do that, I’ll show you in the video!

Flea Market ShoppingCreativity Booster

A creativity booster is a term I came up with for my eCourse Rediscover Your Creativity Through Making Jewelry.  Basically, it’s something that gets your creativity flowing.  In the eCourse there is a creativity booster each week followed by jewelry lessons and jewelry project.

This time of year I like going to flea markets.  There are a bunch nearby where I live.  My favorite is Shupps Grove.  What I love most about Shupps is that it’s in the woods.  You are surrounding by trees while digging through vintage and antique stuff.  (Plus Shupps doesn’t all those cell phone accessory, fake Nike sneaker vendors that other flea markets tend to have.)

I found some great buttons while I’m there.  (I know, I’m trying to cut down my collection, but….)

Why a flea market can boost your creativity:

Going anywhere you don’t normally go can boost your creativity.  You see new things and talk to new people.

In the case of a flea market, you’re going in looking for supplies, which will boost your creativity just thinking about the possibilities.  And you don’t need to know why you are purchasing a particular thing when you buy it.  I often am asked why I’m buying something and I don’t know.  I’ll make jewelry with it, but I don’t have the design yet.

Things you can look for include:  buttons (of course!), old jewelry to take apart and make into something new, anything small that catches your eye that you could potentially make into jewelry:  keys, hardware, tiny bottles, etc.

You can also look at the vintage and antique jewelry there to get inspiration.  You may find some beautiful jewelry pieces to look at that you wouldn’t purchase to take apart, but you admire their beauty.

Don’t have a flea market nearby?

If you don’t have a flea market nearby, you can do the same thing at a thrift store.  Or I’m sure there are yard/garage/tag sales near you throughout the summer.  Check those out to see what you can find!

How to Make a Button Charm BraceletHopefully you found some buttons at the flea market or have some on hand.  (You can check out my buttons I’m destashing here)

Like I said, this is an easy bracelet to make.  You just need to know how to open and close jump rings.

Materials and Tools:

  • Buttons of your choice *
  • Jump rings that fit around your buttons
  • Chain
  • Clasp
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Another pair of pliers.  I prefer to use chain nose and bent nose to open jump rings, but you can really use any other pliers you have and feel comfortable with.  (Just not round nose pliers)

*The buttons you use you will probably want to be small or medium sized.  The large buttons are great, but probably not for this particular bracelet with the technique I’m showing you here.

The jump rings I used were 9mm and fit nicely around the sort of medium sized and small buttons I used.  You can use larger jump rings for larger buttons and smaller jump rings for smaller buttons.

How to Open and Close Jump Rings:

How to open a jump ringThe only technique you need to know to make this bracelet is opening and closing jump rings.  I show you in the video how to do this, too.

You’ll need 2 pairs of pliers.  I use chain nose and bent nose pliers.

How to open a jump ringThe jump ring has an opening.  Center that opening in between the 2 pairs of pliers.

You want to go forward with one wrist and back toward you with the other.  The circle will be maintained.  Do not pull the circle apart by pulling to the sides.  (The jump ring would look like a U and it’s difficult to get it back to the circle shape again.)

How to open a jump ringThe jump ring will be open, but still have it’s circular shape.

To close a jump ring:

To the exact same thing, but in reverse.  I like to go slightly past the point of closing a few times and then click the jump ring closed.  You may actually hear or feel the jump ring click closed.

Now on to the tutorial:

Step #1

How to Make a Button Charm BraceletCut your chain to the length you would like.

I like my bracelets slightly loose.  So typically I measure the chain tightly around my wrist and then when I add the clasp the length is just how I like it.

If you like your bracelets to fit a little more snug or you’d like more control over the exact size then measure around your wrist the exact size you would like.  (Use a tape measure or use a piece of string and then measure it with a ruler.  Or you could simply measure a bracelet that fits the way you like.)

Measure your clasp.  If you’re using a toggle clasp just measure the round part.  If you’re using a lobster clasp make sure to take into consideration the jump ring(s) you’ll use on the other end to close it.

Subtract the clasp length from the total length you’d like your bracelet to be and that’s how long your chain should be.

Note:  If you make a bracelet like mine with lots of buttons that are layered, that could affect the size a little and you may want to add just a little length.  You can always shorten it later.

Step #2

At this point you can layout your design.  Pick out your buttons and place them in the order that you want to place them on your bracelet.

Alternatively (and this is what I did) you can just design as you go.

You will want to think about if you would like a chunky bracelet like I made where the buttons are kind of layered or if you want a more elegant dainty bracelet.  For a full bracelet like mine, you’ll put a button on every single link of the chain.  For a less full bracelet put charms on every other link or even every third link.

Step #3

How to Make a Button Charm BraceletHow to Make a Button Charm BraceletHow to Make a Button Charm BraceletOpen a jump ring, place a button on the jump ring, place the chain in the jump ring and then close the jump ring.

Repeat until all the buttons are on the chain.

How to Make a Button Charm BraceletHow to Make a Button Charm BraceletHow to Make a Button Charm BraceletStep #4

How to Make a Button Charm BraceletOpen 2 more jump rings and add your clasp to the very end of the chain.  (If you’re using a lobster clasp, add it to one end and add a couple jump rings to the other end)

You can use 4mm jump rings to attach your clasp to the end of your bracelet.

How to make a bracelet with buttonsIt’s as simple as that!  Now you can make them in every color you want!

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ECT TV Episode 4: Buttons

ECT TV Episode 4

Emerging Creatively Tutorials Television (ECT TV) Episode 4

All about buttons!

This week we have 3 tutorials!

  • Stretch Button Bracelet
  • Button Bouquet (make cute little button flowers)
  • Multiple Strand Bracelet with a Button Accent

don't give up

Before we get to the tutorials, I just wanted to give you a little inspiration.

When you start something new, whether it’s jewelry, a new hobby, a new job or anything at all that you haven’t done before it’s highly likely you’re going to not be great at it.  It takes practice and patience.

If you are trying to make jewelry for the first time, your knot may fall apart, your jewelry may not look gorgeous, you might not understand entirely how to use a crimp bead tool, etc.  Yes, I try to show you as clearly as possible, but everyone learns differently and at a different rate.  You probably won’t be perfect the first time.  It’s okay, you can have so much fun trying again and again.

For example, I remember actually figuring out how to use a crimp tool.  I actually had been making jewelry for a while and I didn’t like it.  I found a different way to close crimp beads with chain nose pliers because I disliked the crimp tool so much.  Then one day I tried it and it worked.  I figured it out!  And then I practiced and practiced and now I don’t even think about using it.

It can be the same for you.  Don’t give up!

Button BraceletStretch Button Bracelet

*Note, in the video I call the buttons beads A LOT.  I didn’t even realize I was doing it until I was editing the video.  So, sorry.

Stretch Button Bracelet

Materials and Tools:

  • Buttons.  I used these buttons that I’m de-stashing in my etsy shop here. (I have other buttons as well!)
  • Elastic stretch cord
  • Scissors

Step #1

Stretch Button BraceletCut off a piece of elastic cord that is long enough to fit around your wrist plus several inches extra.

Note:  If you’re new to tying knots you may want to leave a lot of extra length to give you room.

Step #2

Stretch Button BraceletStretch Button BraceletThread the first button on the cord.  Go up through one hole and back through the other.  If your button has 4 holes, just use 2 of the holes.  If it’s a shank button just pull it on.

Step #3

Stretch Button BraceletStretch Button BraceletKeep adding buttons.  They will go in every other direction, the backs of the buttons will be together in the middle.  You can flip around the buttons as you go.  Pull them tightly together.

Add buttons until the the buttons that you have threaded will fit around your wrist.

Now tie the bracelet.  I’ll show you the steps below using a piece of yarn so that you can see it better.

Step #4

How to Make a Stretch BraceletHow to Make a Stretch BraceletStart the knot by tying like you start to tie your shoes.  Cross the ends and then pull one end through the loop.

Step #5

How to Make a Stretch BraceletRepeat step #4 again and do not pull it tight.

Step #6

How to Make a Stretch BraceletWith the right end of the cord go in through the loop again (it looks like you’re wrapping around).

Step #7

How to Make a Stretch BraceletThen pull the left cord end through the loop and around again.

Step #8

How to Make a Stretch BraceletPull the knot tight.

IMPORTANT:  Before trimming the excess cord off pull on the bracelet and make sure that it’s secure.  I always pull on it like I expect it to come apart so that I don’t lose all of my buttons (or beads as the case may be).

Hint:  It helps to pull all 4 parts of the cord tight at the same time, meaning the 2 ends as well as the part that is the bracelet, when you’re pulling the knot tight.

Step #9

Stretch Button BraceletTrim off the excess cord close to the knot and then you can hide the knot under a button.

Stretch Button Bracelet

Button Bouquet Tutorial

Button Bouquet TutorialFind the step-by-step Button Bouquet tutorial here.

Multiple Strand Bracelet with Button Accent

Button BraceletThis is one of my favorite bracelets that I’ve made!  (And also one of the most popular.)  Click here for the full tutorial.

Brown wooden beadsThe button I used in the video can be found here. Sorry they’re sold out!



Need Buttons?

I have them! (And I’ll be listing more and more!) Check out my etsy shop to find the buttons you need for these projects: Kimberlie Kohler Etsy Shop.

Tutorial: Button Bouquet

Button Bouquet Tutorial
Do you have a great collection of buttons, but don’t know what to do with them?

Maybe you inherited them or you can’t stop yourself from buying them at flea markets or yard sales.  Somehow it becomes a huge collection, but they just sit there.

They look beautiful in jars, but why not make them even more beautiful with these bouquets?

These bouquets are a great way to put your buttons on display!

Button Bouquet Tutorial
Button Bouquet Tutorial
Materials and Tools:

  • Buttons (about 2-4 per flower)
  • Floral wire
  • Chain nose pliers

Step #1

Button Bouquet Tutorial

Pick out buttons and make little piles.  I like to use 2 to 4 buttons for each flower.

Step #2

Button Bouquet Tutorial

Very loosely bend the wire in half.

Step #3

Button Bouquet Tutorial

Button Bouquet Tutorial

Place your first button on the wire.

Take the top button from one of the piles you made and slide it onto the wire.  If there is a top and bottom to the button, make sure that the top is facing the bend (and the back is going the direction of the loose wires.)

Step #4

Button Bouquet Tutorial
Button Bouquet Tutorial

Continue to add the remainder of the buttons from that pile in the same way.

Step #5
Button Bouquet Tutorial

Use your pliers to twist the wire below the pile of buttons.  Make sure to make this initial twist tightly.

Button Bouquet Tutorial
Button Bouquet Tutorial
Then continue to twist the wire all the way down.  After the initial twist, you don’t have to twist the wire as tightly.

Most of the time I hole the wire in my pliers and twist the buttons.  Or you can use the pliers to twist the wire.  Use whichever technique is more comfortable for you.

Button Bouquet Tutorial
That’s one completed flower.Now just continue making flowers until you have a full bouquet with as many flowers as you like.

Making a flower with a shank button:
Button Bouquet Tutorial

Step #1

Button Bouquet Tutorial

Loosely bend the wire in half and then center the shank button on it.

Step #2

Button Bouquet Tutorial

Then you can slide regular buttons on and continue in the same manner as the tutorial above.

Button Bouquet Tutorial

Once you get a good amount of individual flowers, put them in a bouquet.

You can put them in a vase:

Button Bouquet Tutorial

Button Bouquet Tutorial

Or they are really sweet tied up with a bit of ribbon or lace.

Button Bouquet Tutorial

These can get really addicting to make, so in no time you’ll have your home filled with beautiful button bouquets!

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