Double Holed Inspirations Part 1 of 2
Button rings are really fun to do - I can get carried away doing a whole bunch of them. There are so many lovely buttons to choose from and that includes your own button stash!Combine a few for some fun, funky looks and coordinate your outfits.
WIRE WRAPPED BUTTON RINGS
1. Wiring from top down
When you first put the wire through the holes, you can either approach from above or from below. Shown here is how I do it from above.
First cut a length of 20G wire about 8"-10" long. Bend it into two around the tip of your round nose pliers so the wire is like a long U. This makes it easier to insert the wire through the button holes without overly kinking it.
my past post on wire wrapped rings.
Many people prefer to make button rings from below which entails forming the ring first around a mandrel. Juliet from Spoiltrottenbeads.com has a tutorial on how to make these beautiful buttons rings this way for what she calls, flower power rings.
Prismera's Youtube video shows us how to make a shank button ring. This does raise the height of the ring's focal and can also be wobbly so she decorated the bottom of the button with little pearls and beads. Note that she uses 28G because it is easier to work with when doing rings but you have to go around the mandrel more times.
If you are not keen on wire wrapping but love the look of funky button rings, try the following how-tos:
FABRIC COVERED RINGS
wrote a lovely tutorial with pictures of the many rings she made this way using covered button kits available from craft or fabric stores. But if you'd rather see it demonstrated then the Mindbites video will show you how.
A clever tip from Susan Beal on Craft Stylish is the use of ordinary buttons glued to the underside of the button blank forms. These buttons effectively fill the recess which makes gluing the finished fabric button to the ring blank easier. She also had another great tip to use bracelet blanks to make a matching piece. If you need supplies, try places like Etsy.
If you couldn't be bothered with fabric buttons, then glue them on straight onto the ring blank! Peptogirl or Amy Cluck shows you how on her easy button ring tutorial. She also suggests cutting off the shank of those kinds of buttons if you happen to have them.
Other types of ring blanks include perforated discs. Jodie on the Ric-Rac blog has a tutorial to show how buttons can be sewn onto the discs.
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