Button Clasp Bracelet

Buttons make great jewelry clasps. Sometimes they add just the perfect element. And, in the case of this bracelet, they can also function as the focal point of the piece. This button is from the Fabric Sensations line from Blumenthal Lansing. The whole line is gorgeous.

This bracelet is a loooooong strand that wraps around my wrist three times. To make one, put together a pile of beads that coordinate with your focal button. For this bracelet, I used:
  • Fabric Sensations button
  • 9mm black glass disc beads
  • african silver heishi beads
  • size 8 seed beads, matte black
  • these awesome stones, I am not sure what they are, maybe some kind of jasper, they have sparkles, I can't believe they were in my stash instead of put to beautiful use!
  • 6mm round transparent gray beads
  • 6mm faceted black rondelles
  • beading wire
  • crimp tubes
  • crimping tool and flush cutters


 Make the bracelet:
1. Cut the wire long enough to go around your wrist 3 times plus 6". The larger the beads, the more wire you need.
2. Crimp one end of the wire to the button. Trim the short wire.
TIPS: 

  • Put a small bead between the button shank and the crimps. It will stabilize the wire so there is less bending and breaking against the edges of the metal crimp.
  • Use two crimp tubes at each end for extra hold. There are a lot of beads on this long strand, it can't hurt!

3. String the beads as you wish. Mine are randomly placed.
4. Keep track of how long your strand is as you string. When you are short about 2", string on 2 crimp tubes. String enough seed beads to make a loop big enough to go around the button. Crimp and trim the wire.


Honestly, at this point, I had to string the seed beads a couple times as I adjusted the size of the loops and the length of the bracelet. It was worth it.


Wrap it around your wrist, put the button through the loop.  Fab!


Take your Vitamin B(utton)!

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5 creative thoughts:

Janet { July 28, 2011 at 10:07 AM }
Love this! Any you could also wear it as a necklace! Very simple, but elegant!
Kim { July 28, 2011 at 5:01 PM }
Janet, that is brilliant, I didn't even think of that. You could wear it with the button at the back or in the front!
Tammy { August 6, 2011 at 12:37 PM }
This is really pretty! Thanks for sharing it with us!!
Anonymous { September 26, 2011 at 3:41 PM }
Kim,
This is absolutely fab! The stones are called Ocean Jasper with some drusy crystals inside and they come from Madagascar-they are one of my favorite stones because each one *is* so unique.I have a large collection of antique buttons just sitting in a box and your idea is brilliant. I needed a mental me day and somehow thanks to the www, wandered upon the results of the Bead Swap you participated in. Thank you for sharing your creativity and have a wonderful day!
Kim { September 26, 2011 at 9:46 PM }
Ocean jasper! Thank you!!

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