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Button collection bracelet

Clear out the button box for a fresh take on vintage style!

There will always be someone you encounter who knows exactly how to push your buttons. During challenging moments, this lush button bracelet acts as a reminder that it’s my choice how to respond. Whether you use vintage or new buttons, you can wear your confidence on your sleeve.

SUPPLIES 

  • 7–10 15–25 mm buttons with shanks
  • 62–74 4 mm bicone crystals
  • 3 g 11/0 seed beads
  • 14–20 4 mm spacers
  • flexible beading wire, .014 or .015
  • 3 crimp beads
  • chainnose or crimping pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters 

Check your local bead (or fabric!) store for supplies.  

INSTRUCTIONS

Button collection bracelet Step 1
STEP 1
1. Cut a 20-in. (51 cm) piece of beading wire. Center 20 to 30 11/0 seed beads. String each end in opposite directions through a crimp bead. Tighten the wire. Check that the loop will fit around a button. Crimp the crimp bead. 
Button collection bracelet Step 2a
STEP 2a
Button collection bracelet Step 2b
STEP 2b

2a. On each end, string an 11/0, a bicone crystal, an 11/0, and a spacer. String each end in opposite directions through the shank of a button.

2b. On each side, go through the spacer. Tighten the wire.

Button collection bracelet Step 3a
STEP 3a
Button collection bracelet Step 3b
STEP 3b

3a. On each end, string four or five bicones alternated with 11/0s, beginning and ending with a bicone. On each end, string a spacer. String each end through a button.

3b. Repeat step 2b.

Button collection bracelet Step 4
STEP 4

4. Repeat step 3 until the bracelet is within 1 in. (2.5 cm) of the finished length. On each end, string four or five bicones alternated with 11/0s, and end with a crimp bead and a spacer. String each end through a button. Check the fit, and add or remove beads if necessary. On each end, go through the spacer and crimp bead, plus a few more beads.

Crimp the crimp beads and trim the excess wire. 

 

For a coordinating look, make wire spirals or circles to convert buttons into earrings.

Button collection earrings
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