A couple of years ago, I started collecting button pictures on Pinterest. Something about them appealed to me after giving a tray of them to my littlest girl to entertain herself one day. Initially there were very few pictures on there but then suddenly a raft of them began to appear and before I knew it, I had a proper Pinterest board full of button creations! But it was once I saw my lovely friend June making some of her amazing jewellery using buttons that I knew I had been on trend ahead of time 😉
We’ve had a good go at making pictures from buttons but I thought I would try a bracelet, just to see how possible it was for someone not terribly skilled in complicated things. I gathered together a palette of colours first, planned out some combinations in order so it had my requirements for ‘organised random’ and then threaded them on to clear elastic, starting at the middle. Each pair of buttons is held together by the threaded elastic which goes through the holes from back to front and back again, going through the 4 holes to form a cross.
My handy hints are:-
Start in the middle and try to pick buttons with 4 holes. By threading in a ‘cross’ through them, both top and bottom buttons, they’ll stay secure and won’t slip.
For this jumbled look, pull the elastic fairly tight so there aren’t spaces between the button stacks.
I always finish a bracelet on elastic with crimps, even if its just a quick child’s bracelet. It’s so much better than having a pile of beads or buttons on the floor after an hour of zealous stretching 🙂
So having made my quick and simple version, I sent a picture of it to lovely June from Goddess Jewels and asked her if I could showcase her talent. And blow me if she didn’t respond with a beautiful version of it, done properly! June has used wire to give this a more organised look and she is going to do me a tutorial next week to put here. How fantastic is that?
It’s a great opportunity to show you some of her work, which I am frequently in awe of as I just do not have the patience for the fiddle nature of wire and beads.
I just think this tropical button bracelet is so beautiful. (So beautiful I bought it actually!)
And I love this button necklace too, an incredibly elegant piece of jewellery.
I’ve known June a very long time and many of my friends have now bought bracelets from her. She has a real knack for putting together combinations that work beautifully and the bracelets are a work of art and feel incredibly nice to hold and wear. I can’t wait for mine to arrive as the ones I’ve seen are just so tactile and gorgeous. Do take a look at her shop, I think you’ll be hooked.
If you want more button craft ideas, click on the picture above to go to Pinterest 🙂