Button fringe necklace

Use everyday buttons in a fun, swingy necklace
design alt
Design Alternative
In this photo, a necklace with solid-color buttons is offered as a design alternative.

SUPPLIES

Necklace with floral buttons 16 in. (41 cm)

  • 7 15 mm two-hole floral buttons (www.etsy.com/ shop/berrynicecrafts)
  • 8 6 mm fire-polished beads (Czech, dual-coated tanzanite/fuchsia)
  • 7 3 x 5 mm faceted glass rice beads, in place of 4 mm beads (purple; www.houseofgems.com)
  • clasp with 2 attached 5–6 mm jump rings or split rings
  • 5 ft. (1.5 m) 26-gauge wire
  • 3 in. (7.6 cm) 4 mm donut-link chain (Eclectica Beads, www.eclecticabeads.com)
  • 7 1 1⁄2-in. (3.8 cm) head pins
  • 2 5 x 7 mm oval jump rings
  • 2 crimp beads
  • 2 crimp covers
  • 18-in. (46 cm) organza ribbon cord necklace strap (brown; www.etsy.com/shop/yourbeadsonline)
  • flexible beading wire, .014-.015
  • chainnose pliers
  • roundnose pliers
  • crimping pliers
  • wire cutters

Necklace with solid-color buttons 16 in. (41 cm)

  • 7 5⁄8-in. (1.6 cm) two-hole plastic buttons (2 red, 2 cranberry, 3 fuchsia; Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores)
  • 8 6 mm fire-polished beads (Czech, gold-lined crystal)
  • 7 4 mm beads (2 orange, 2 red, 3 fuchsia)
  • clasp 
  • 28 in. (71 cm) 26-gauge wire
  • 3 in. (7.6 cm) 4 mm gear-link chain (Eclectica Beads, www.eclecticabeads.com)
  • 7 1 1⁄2-in. (3.8 cm) head pins
  • 2 crimp beads
  • 2 crimp covers
  • chainnose pliers
  • roundnose pliers
  • crimping pliers
  • wire cutters
  • 2 Bead Stoppers or tape
INSTRUCTIONS
 
Button dangles
Button fringe necklace a
Photo a

1. Cut a shaped link from the chain (PHOTO A). Repeat to cut a total of seven links.

Button fringe necklace b
Photo b

2. Cut a 4-in. (10 cm) piece of 26-gauge wire, and make a 180° bend about 1 1⁄2 in. (3.8 cm) from one end. Slide one loop of a chain link into the bend, and then string both wire ends through a button hole from front to back (PHOTO B).

Button fringe necklace c
Photo c

3. With the long wire end, go up through the other button hole and loop of the chain link (PHOTO C). Pull tight. Skip the chain link, and go back through the button hole to snug the chain link to the front of the button.

Button fringe necklace d
Photo d

4. Make a wrapped loop with each wire end so each loop extends just past the edge of the button (PHOTO D).

Button fringe necklace e
Photo e

The back of the button dangle should look like PHOTO E.

Button fringe necklace f
Photo f

5. On a head pin, string a 4 mm bead, and make the first half of a wrapped loop. Attach it to a loop of the button dangle (PHOTO F), and complete the wraps. 

6. Rotate the top loop of the dangle so it is perpendicular to the face of the button.

7. Repeat steps 2–6 with the remaining buttons and chain links. Then follow the appropriate steps on the next page to finish the necklace with beading wire or with ribbon and cord.

Finishing with beading wire

1. Cut 20 in. (51 cm) of beading wire, and string a repeating pattern of a 6 mm fire-polished bead and the top loop of a button dangle until you have used all the beads and dangles. 

2. On one end, string a crimp bead and half of the clasp. Go back through the crimp bead, and temporarily secure the wire with tape or a Bead Stopper. 

3. Repeat step 2 on the other end, and test the fit. Adjust the length if needed, and then crimp the crimp beads. Using chainnose or crimping pliers, gently close a crimp cover around each crimp bead.

Finishing with ribbon and cord

1. Cut 8 in. (20 cm) of beading wire, and string a repeating pattern of a 6 mm fire-polished bead and the top loop of a button dangle until you have used all the beads and dangles. 

2. On one end, string a crimp bead and a 5 x 7 mm oval jump ring. Go back through the crimp bead, and crimp it

Button fringe necklace g
Photo g

 

3. Repeat step 2 at the other end, leaving no gaps between the beads and dangles. Using chainnose or crimping pliers, gently close a crimp cover around each crimp bead (PHOTO G).

4. Cut the organza ribbon/cord necklace strap in half, and remove the clasp components. You’ll use half of the ribbon/cord bundle on each side of the necklace.

5. Guide one end of half of a ribbon/cord bundle through a jump ring attached to the button strand. Fold the end 3⁄4 in. (1.9 cm) of the ribbon/cord bundle back on itself.

 

Button fringe necklace h
Photo h

6. Cut an 8-in. (20 cm) piece of 26-gauge wire, and tightly wrap it around the doubled ribbon/cord bundle. Trim the excess cord and ribbon (PHOTO H).

Button fringe necklace i
Photo i

7. Guide the other end of the ribbon/cord bundle through a jump ring attached to the clasp, fold the end 3⁄4 in. (1.9 cm) back on itself, and repeat step 6 (PHOTO I).

8. Repeat steps 5–7 on the other end of the necklace.

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