Most of you know about Bead and Button magazine which is a US publication. But there is also a wonderful international online craft store called the Bead and Button Company UK which is based in Ambleside in northern England. They stock not just beads and buttons, but all sorts of craft items including papercrafts, for knitting and sewing and fabrics.
It is a family run business started by David and Ann Cartmell and their extended family. Eight years ago, it was a physical store. Then a serious mishap occured after a couple of years. Their then16-year-old son, Michael, sustained a brain injury while playing soccer and fell into a coma. The Cartmells had to focus on his care so they were forced to close the store. They continued to sell their stock from home in order to survive. Their son eventually recovered and their business grew into what it is today.
Bling on a Rollwhich is a flexible polyester based rhinestone netting - it comes in different widths and in silver, black and gold. I got mine at a local craft store.
Bling on a roll is used in all sorts of home decor, fashion and crafting applications. Why not jewelry? They really make quick and comfortable to wear cuffs as you can see from my designs.
I used Fireline and sewed some clear round crystals around the base of the black flower button to keep it level. Then it was just a matter of using jump rings to attach it to the clasp. The net made this easy to do.
I had some soft grey cord so I wove it in and out the netting of the 3 wide of Bling on a Roll for the silvery flower button bracelet. I added some creative half-hitches for the loop side of the bracelet.
The wire wrapped shank button ring tutorial can be found here.
I also came up with a very, very easy way to make your own custom scarf rings using buttons. As I am on a roll, the tutorial is here too! I don`t usually do this many tutorials but the buttons from Bead and Button UK were especially inspiring!
Before You Go:
- How to Make Button Rings Tutorials
- How to Make Button Bracelet Tutorials
- How to Make Shank Buttons from Beads
Original Post by THE BEADING GEM
Jewelry Making Tips - Jewelry Business Tips