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Turn some of those lovely buttons you've been hoarding into rings!
A button too pretty to throw away, but you're not sure what to do with it? With a little practice, you can turn them into rings.Be forwarned though; once you learn how to do this, those rings multiply like rabbits, and all your friends will want one! Button rings are my best sellers at shows and the #1 item people ask me to teach them!

Posted by marsha t. from Clinton, Maryland, United States • Published See marsha t.'s 11 projects »
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  • How to make a button ring. Wire Wrapped Button Ring - Step 1
    Step 1

    These are the tools you will need.

  • How to make a button ring. Wire Wrapped Button Ring - Step 2
    Step 2

    Find a pretty button. I use 20 gauge wire to make my rings.

  • How to make a button ring. Wire Wrapped Button Ring - Step 3
    Step 3

    Cut the wire 18" long. If you are making a ring over size 8, add an inch or 2 to the wire. Straighten your wire with the nylon jaw pliers.

  • How to make a button ring. Wire Wrapped Button Ring - Step 4
    Step 4

    Slide your button onto the wire and fold it slightly in the middle of the wire.

  • How to make a button ring. Wire Wrapped Button Ring - Step 5
    Step 5

    Holding the button in the grooved part of the mandrel, slide the wire to 1 size LARGER than you want the ring to be.

  • How to make a button ring. Wire Wrapped Button Ring - Step 6
    Step 6

    Wrap your wire a total of 4 times around the mandrel, twice above the button, twice below the button. I wrap the top wire left around the mandrel and the bottom wire to the right around the mandrel.

  • How to make a button ring. Wire Wrapped Button Ring - Step 7
    Step 7

    Push your wires together and pull them tightly at 1 size larger than you want the finished ring to be. Make sure your ends are even, more or less. Here I am tightening it at a size 8, but I'm going to slide it down to size 9, because I want it to be a size 8.

  • How to make a button ring. Wire Wrapped Button Ring - Step 8
    Step 8

    To secure that size, spiral your wire around the shank of the button. Because of the way I wrap the wire around the mandrel, I spiral in a counter clockwise direction. Do this until you have aprox. 3" of wire left on each end.

  • How to make a button ring. Wire Wrapped Button Ring - Step 9
    Step 9

    This shows how the wire looks around the shank. Make sure you spiral pretty tightly. That will make the button more stable.

  • How to make a button ring. Wire Wrapped Button Ring - Step 10
    Step 10

    Take your ring off of the mandrel.Holding the ring by pinching the button, thread a wire up thru the band.

  • How to make a button ring. Wire Wrapped Button Ring - Step 11
    Step 11

    Pull it up tightly, so that it gathers up the band wires. You can use the flat nose pliers to help pull the wire.

  • How to make a button ring. Wire Wrapped Button Ring - Step 12
    Step 12

    Now pull that wire down. You've made a loop that secures your band. Do the same with the other wire on the other side of the button.

  • How to make a button ring. Wire Wrapped Button Ring - Step 13
    Step 13

    Now put your ring back on the mandrel, with the button in the groove. You will see that the ring has gotten smaller (it's magic). Continue to wrap the band, a loop at a time on each side until you get it to the size you want.

  • How to make a button ring. Wire Wrapped Button Ring - Step 14
    Step 14

    This pic shows how the band wrapping should look. I wrap my band at least twice, and sometimes up to 4 times.

  • How to make a button ring. Wire Wrapped Button Ring - Step 15
    Step 15

    Once you have reached the correct size, straighten your wires and have them pointing away from the band. Trim the wire to 3/4" long from the band.

  • How to make a button ring. Wire Wrapped Button Ring - Step 16
    Step 16

    With your round nose pliers, begin making a spiral, facing toward the ring and parallel with the button.

  • How to make a button ring. Wire Wrapped Button Ring - Step 17
    Step 17

    Use your flat nose pliers to finish your spiral, all the way to the top of the band. Do the same on the other side.

  • How to make a button ring. Wire Wrapped Button Ring - Step 18
    Step 18

    With the flat nose pliers, pull the spiral over the top of the band.

  • How to make a button ring. Wire Wrapped Button Ring - Step 19
    Step 19

    Now gently press the spiral flat to the band. (Sorry for the bad pic)!

  • How to make a button ring. Wire Wrapped Button Ring - Step 20
    Step 20

    This is how the spiral should look. You can gently push the spiral closer to the button shank if you need to. Do the same on the other side of the button.

  • How to make a button ring. Wire Wrapped Button Ring - Step 21
    Step 21

    Return the ring to the mandrel and hammer gently, only on the center of the back of the band. This helps harden the wire and smooths out any little bumps.

  • How to make a button ring. Wire Wrapped Button Ring - Step 22
    Step 22

    Get yourself a manicure to go with your beautiful new ring!

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