Sep 09 2011

2 Way Vintage Button Necklace Tutorial

Button Necklace top

I’ve been thinking long and hard about what to do with the vintage buttons I bought; I wanted to make something that I could wear daily, and something that hopefully enhanced their beauty. I finally decided to make a simple two-way necklace, and yes, I’m truly in love with them!!

Button Necklace button

First of all, one of the buttons I’m using has two sew-through holes. The holes are tiny so that the chain can’t be threaded through.

Button Necklace 2

The other button I’m using has a shank at the back. If you are to use two shank buttons or two sew-through buttons, please use findings accordingly!

What you’ll need:

  • 2 buttons
  • 2 pendant mounts
  • 3 jump rings (If you are using two shank buttons, you’ll need 4 jump rings, and 2 jump rings for two sew-through buttons)
  • 1 trigger catch
  • chain, about 36cm
  • a pair of flat-nose pliers
  • a pair of round-nose pliers


Button Necklace t-1

1) Let’s start by making a pendant. Place a pendant mount in a hole of a sew-through button.

Button Necklace t-2

2) Gently squeeze and close the opening of the mount with flat-nose pliers.

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This is how the closed mount looks from the side. And yes, one pendant is done already! If you are using two sew-through buttons, please repeat the process to make two pendants.

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3) Open a jump ring using flat-nose pliers and round-nose pliers.

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4) Thread the jump ring through the hole of a shank button, then close the jump ring using flat-nose pliers and round-nose pliers.

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5) Attach a pendant mount to the jump ring, and the second pendant is done.

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6) Open a jump ring using flat-nose pliers and round-nose pliers, add one end of the chain, then close the jump ring.

Button Necklace t-9

7) Open a jump ring, add the other end of the chain and a trigger catch, then close the jump ring.

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8) Thread one of the pendants through the chain, and you’re done!

Button Necklace 1

I haven’t used pendant mounts before, and I’m very impressed that they make it so much easier to change the pendant heads! Also, as long as chains fit though the mounts, you can use necklace chains you already own, too.

Button Necklace 2

Most of my necklaces are either chunky or very colourful, so this simple necklace will be a welcome new addition to my wardrobe :)

I’m linking this tutorial on my favourite blog, Flamingo Toes!

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6 Commnents to “2 Way Vintage Button Necklace Tutorial”

  1. WOW! I just spent thhe better part of the afternoon roaming around your tutorials!! Great job! I am definately a fan. thanks, Kim

  2. Sweety you ” make me crazy ” i love your way to show us your way to make nice fanzy stuff. THANKS .. Sara

  3. This is gorgeous! I adore the shank button necklace.

  4. Really cute necklaces and a great idea for all the vintage button’s I’ve been holding on to for so long.

    P.S. I found your great DIY from Think Pink Sundays :)

  5. I’m glad to hear that you liked it :) And yes, of course you can feature the tutorial on your future post. Thank you very much for the sweet request!

  6. Deliciously easy and clever! Great way to use up one’s button stash. Okay to feature and link to your tutorial in a future post so others can come visit? Pearl

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