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Buttons by Candlelight, aka "How to make a button bracelet"
You may recall my whinging recently about the price of buttons going up to the dizzying heights of $5 a jar at one of my local opshops...? Well when I was last in I was glad to see that the button jar pricer had come to their senses (...perhaps their sales were down due to my refusal to by buttons...? I buy enough of them so that certainly is possible...) & repriced the jars at $2. That's a dollar cheaper than they used to be before the crazy jump! So I bought 3 jars of buttony, buttony goodness, and spent an embarrassingly long period of time sorting them into colour families.

Things I learnt about opshop jars of buttons;
There are more white or clear than any other colour.
The least popular colour is yellow.
There are some hideously ugly buttons in there.

After sorting them I realised that I finally had enough red buttons of the appropriate size to make myself a button bracelet - Hurrah!

Posted by Queen M. from Australia • Published See Queen M.'s 4 projects »
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  • How to make a button bracelet. Button Bracelet - Step 1
    Step 1

    Ah! Crafting by candlelight....

    Light your candle & hold the tip of your needle in the flame, I try to heat as much of the needle as I can as it makes going through the entire button a wee bit easier, but it depends on the size of your needle, you don't want to burn your fingers!

    You might want to use gloves or use your pliers to hold the needle, but I found it fine to hold on it's own - just make sure you hold it as far back as possible.

  • How to make a button bracelet. Button Bracelet - Step 2
    Step 2

    Decide where you want the hole for your jump ring to go & pierce it with your needle - you have to be really fast with this step or your needle will be too cool & you'll either have to heat it up again or you'll bend the tip of your needle. Not that I know, because I wouldn't have done it any way other than perfectly... *whistles inconspicuously*

    What worked for me; Holding the button up & piercing it from the side & then twisting the button down the length of the needle. Sometimes the button gets stuck at the bottom of the needle, just push the point onto a flat surface & press the button down & it will slide off.

  • How to make a button bracelet. Button Bracelet - Step 3
    Step 3

    Pierce many buttons. Attach with jump rings to bracelet using your trusty pliers. You can arrange your buttons in the order you want them before you attach them, but I just did it haphazardly, as I do.

  • How to make a button bracelet. Button Bracelet - Step 4
    Step 4

    Take artsy fartsy photos of your lovely new bracelet & admire your handy work. Perhaps even wear it. Wonder if making button bracelets counts as wardrobe refashioning.

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Emma D.
Emma D. · 2 projects

that is super fantastic. will have to make soon...

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Romana S.
Romana S. · Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, IN · 2 projects

i'm curious to see the ugly buttons!

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PixieDee
PixieDee · Milaca, MN, United States · 6 projects

Sweet! I'm totally going to make some of these! Thanks for the great idea XD

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JJ S.
JJ S. · Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, PA, US · 5 projects

i dotn really get the needle part...

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melissa s.
melissa s.

Yah! Your button bracelet is so awesome! I love it:-) Iam buying jumprings tomorrow and making one! But...I agree with CreativeCrafter 1....your pics are pretty amazing! I like the lomo look of them! so...what camera did you use? Again your bracelet is super cute...Thanks!

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CreativeCrafter 1.
CreativeCrafter 1. · 10 projects

Okay, can i say first these are gorgeous bracelets!Second, this is a strange question (kind of) but... might you be able to tell me what camera you have?Your pictures are AMAZING!(:

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CreativeCrafter 1.
CreativeCrafter 1. · 10 projects

Okay, can i say first these are gorgeous bracelets!Second, this is a strange question (kind of) but... might you be able to tell me what camera you have?Your pictures are AMAZING!(:

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Sherlaine Y.
Sherlaine Y.

i love buttony bracelets too xD

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CO + K User

I loooove buttony bracelets:D

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Ginger Snapped
Ginger Snapped · Sacramento, CA, CA, United States · 31 projects

sooo cool

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