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Make a button bloom bracelet

Frame a button with interchangeable petal collars

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A button blossoms when you surround it with a collar of petal-shaped beads. The collar keeps the button from flipping over, and it’s interchangeable. So, you can mix and match colors or wear more than one at a time for a fuller bloom in this bracelet and earrings.

SUPPLIES 

bracelet

  • 18–28mm button with shank
  • 10–14 16mm dagger beads
  • 8–10 10mm leaf beads, front-to-back drilled (The Glass Bead Garden, glassbeadgarden.com)
  • 8–10 4mm round beads
  • 2g fringe beads
  • 6–8 6/0 seed beads
  • 10–14 10mm dagger beads (optional)
  • flexible beading wire, .014 or .015
  • elastic cord, 1mm diameter
  • 2 crimp beads
  • snap clasp
  • chainnose or crimping pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

 earrings

  • 2 18mm buttons with shanks
  • 24 16mm dagger beads • 2 10mm leaf beads, front-to-back drilled (The Glass Bead Garden, glassbeadgarden.com)
  • 6 in. (15cm) 22-gauge half-hard wire
  • elastic cord, 1mm diameter
  • 2 4mm jump rings
  • pair of decorative earring wires
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

INSTRUCTIONS

Bracelet

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1. Cut two pieces of beading wire. Over both wires, center three or four 6/0 seed beads, a button, and three or four 6/0s.
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2. On each side, on one wire, string three to five fringe beads and a leaf bead. On the other wire, string four to six fringe beads. Over both wires, string a 4mm round bead. Repeat until the strand is within 1 in. (2.5cm) of the finished length.
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3. On each side, on each wire, string a fringe bead. Over both wires, string a crimp bead and half of a snap clasp. Check the fit, and add or remove beads from each end if necessary. Go back through the beads just strung and tighten the wire. Crimp the crimp bead and trim the excess wire.
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4. To make a petal collar: Cut a 3-in. (7.6cm) piece of elastic cord. String ten to 14 16mm dagger beads. Tie a surgeon’s knot. Trim the excess cord. If desired, make another petal collar with 10mm daggers.
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5. To wear: Gently stretch one or two petal collars over the button.
Bracelet options
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Option #2
 
  • Use side-to-side–drilled leaf beads instead of the front-to-back–drilled leaves, and use 9mm flower beads instead of the 4mm round beads.
  • Repeat step 1 of the bracelet. String the pattern as shown. Repeat until the strand is within 1 in. (2.5cm) of the finished length. Repeat steps 3, 4, and 5.
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Option #3
  • Use 10mm cathedral fire-polished crystals instead of the leaves, and use 4mm flat spacers instead of the 4mm rounds.
  • Repeat step 1 of the bracelet. String the pattern as shown. Repeat until the strand is within 1 in. (2.5cm) of the finished length. Repeat steps 3, 4, and 5. 

Earrings
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1. Make a petal collar as in step 4 of the bracelet; do not trim the excess cord. Cut a 3-in. (7.6cm) piece of 22-gauge wire. Make a wrapped loop on one end.
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2. Lay the petal collar over the back of a button. String the wire through the shank of the button. Tie a surgeon’s knot with the cord around the wire. Trim the excess cord.
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3. Make a wrapped loop.
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4. Open a jump ring. Attach a leaf bead and the bottom loop. Close the jump ring.
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5. Open the loop of an earring wire. Attach the dangle and close the loop. Make a second earring to match the first.
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