Saturday, 21 February 2009

Button Magic

In January I talked a little about buttons and recently I joined Button Floozies. I have liked button jewellery ever since I went to creative stitches in one year. So a couple of weeks ago ordered a button necklace kit from the Button Company.

The above picture shows what it should look like, hopefully!

So I set everything out on my favourite board which I set on my lap. There are loads of buttons of different sizes.

The instructions started by saying...

'First up, don't panic. This necklace is not as hard as it looks! Take a deep breath, relax and enjoy making and wearing this unique piece of jewellery.'

I then sorted out the buttons into sizes, in the centre of the board is part of the clasp. I then unraveled the nylon thread and attached it to one half of the clasp.

I then needed to put the buttons into an arrangement to check the order and the possible final length of the necklace. I decided to use a needle to put the nylon through the buttons as I soon got in a bit of a of a pickle trying to thread a double string of nylon evenly through them. Following the instructions I got started and by following them the necklace grew surprisingly quickly.
Within an hour I had a finished necklace.

The hardest part was trying to attach the other end which kept slipping and sliding all over the place. I got it in the right place in the end. The above picture is what I ended up with. I did take out a few of the buttons otherwise it would have been too long. So I am going to see if I can make a bracelet to match.

I layered the three buttons in the centre front. They are also the ones which are decorated too to give a focal point.

The clasp is very ornate which I had not expected and is only a hook and loop so I shall have to be careful wearing this.

Once I had finished it, I was intrigued by the colour and texture of the BACK of the mother of pearl buttons. The colour is so different, I almost have two necklaces for the price of one.

This is a view of the back of the necklace. I intend wearing this necklace to work on Monday. For some time I have been singing the praises of buttons and their uses. Lets see what is said about this, if anything. I like necklaces, just like bags, I perhaps have too many of them

I have really enjoyed making this necklace and I would like to make another. There are other kits on the Button Company website.

What do you think? Have you ever made something like this? I would like to see what this style would look like with more irregular multi-coloured buttons. Could be fun.
Take care, back tomorrow.


Thecraftytrundler said...

Great, love it!! Have you seen the one in the new CK catalogue? It's on pg 76, & is in all different colours. If you don't have the catalogue, it will probably be on their website.

Happy crafting : )

Sharon xx

Carol VR said...

That is beautiful. I sooo love the back of the necklace.

Very versatile.

kathy said...


Nan said...

It's great! I love that clasp! It makes me want to wear it back wards just to show that detail off!

Gina said...

What a great job. Your button necklace looks lovely.

inkberryblue said...

I think both sides of your button necklace are very pretty!

I've made multi~coloured button necklaces but I've joined them with fine wire ~ not nylon thread. I love the colours of the wire but it can break if it's overworked. When I get a chance I'll take and post some pictures of the necklaces I've made and let you know. (It may take a while, work is really busy right now.)

Happy Monday! =]

Country Bliss said...

Beautiful necklace, I've made button hearts think I might try a necklace now.
Looks like you had a brilliant time in Disneyland.
Yvonne x

Kitty said...

Oh wow - isn't it lovely? Well done you! x

vikki said...

love.buttons. have a ton of 'em. & buy more when i see them... could u lemme know the site of the button necklace kit? i love. it. would love to make one. love how yours turndt out. you did a great job & appreciate the pics. thank*u. hugs & blessings, vikki

Primrose Corner said...

That is gorgeous. I've been playing with buttons sewn onto knitted wire but I really like that layered look of the buttons. I wonder how you'd make earings to go with the set? Really love this.

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