2 Way Vintage Button Necklace Tutorial
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!!
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.
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
1) Let’s start by making a pendant. Place a pendant mount in a hole of a sew-through button.
2) Gently squeeze and close the opening of the mount with flat-nose pliers.
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.
3) Open a jump ring using flat-nose pliers and round-nose pliers.
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.
5) Attach a pendant mount to the jump ring, and the second pendant is done.
6) Open a jump ring using flat-nose pliers and round-nose pliers, add one end of the chain, then close the jump ring.
7) Open a jump ring, add the other end of the chain and a trigger catch, then close the jump ring.
8) Thread one of the pendants through the chain, and you’re done!
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.
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!