Apr 04 2012

Craft Tutorial: Vintage Button Necklace

Vintage Button Necklace

As I told you in the ‘Vintage Finds’ post last week, I bought gorgeous vintage glass buttons the other day. I love the simple beauty of it, and hell no, I couldn’t resist making something with it!

What you’ll need:

Vintage Button Necklace tool
  • jumprings (5 x 4mm, 2 x 7mm, 1 x 6mm)
  • 1 clasp
  • 20 x 3mm beads
  • 1 cabochon setting (the same size as your button)
  • chain, 9.5cm and 25cm for the main chain, and 1cm, 1.5cm and 2cm for the dangles
  • 1 glass button
  • 2 drop-shaped beads
  • 1 leaf charm
  • 20 eyepins

(not in the photo)

  • beading wire, about 20cm
  • a pair of flat-nose pliers, round-nose pliers and wire cutters


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1) Place the glass button in the cabochon setting.

2) Gently fold and close the prongs with flat-nose pliers.

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It looks like this from the side. The button has diamond-shaped shank at the back, so I could only use ‘open-back’ type of setting. If your button is flat-back, you can use other types of setting, of course.

3) Add a 6mm jumpring to the setting.

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4) Next, Add a 4mm jumpring and 2cm chain to the leaf charm.

5) Thread a drop-shape bead to beading wire, and twist the wire once above the bead.

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6) Trim one of the wires, create a loop above the twist using round-nose pliers, and add 1.5cm chain.

7) Wind the wire below the loop for about 3-4 times.

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8) Cut off the excess tail wire and squeeze down the tip so that no sharp edge sticks out.

9) Repeat step 5 to 8 for the other drop-shape bead (add 1cm chain for this one).

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10) Add 4mm jumprings to the ends of each chain, and add them and the button to a 8mm jumpring.

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11) Next, let’s make beaded chain. Thread a bead to an eyepin, and bend it at a 90 degrees angle.

12) Leaving about 1 cm, snip off the excess eyepin with the wire cutter. Grasp the end of the eyepin with the round-nose pliers, then twist it in a circular motion until the end of the eyepin forms a small loop.

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13) Repeat step 11 and 12 to make the second loop, then simply add the first loop to the second loop before closing it.

14) Continue the steps to connect all 20 beads.

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15) Connect the end of the beaded chain to the end of shorter chain.

16) Connect the other end of the beaded chain, the jumpring and the end of longer chain.

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17) Add a clasp and the end of shorter chain to a 4mm jumpring, and add a 8mm jumpring on the end of the longer chain. And… you’re done!

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I love how it turned out, and it looks perfect for my spring wardrobe! It’s a mid-length necklace, so I can team it up with another vintage button necklace I made last year (you can see it in this post). Hope you enjoyed the tutorial!


I’m linking this post on Today’s Creative BlogHome Stories A 2 Z, Katie’s Nesting Spot, Sassy Sites!, The Shabby Nest and Flamingo Toes; make sure you check them!

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10 Commnents to “Craft Tutorial: Vintage Button Necklace”

  1. Hello nancyjo! I found the cabochon setting at vintage market in Paris, and I’m afraid I can’t remember the name of the shop… But I’m sure you could find same or similar ones from vintage beads suppliers over at Etsy :)

  2. Can you share the name of the supplier of that particular cabochon setting? Thanks.

  3. Thank you Susan :)

  4. Your necklace is lovely. Great tutorial.

  5. Thanks Bev!

  6. This is gorgeous Emi!! Wow – I love the pieces you used Great tutorial too!! :)

  7. Thank you Sara!

  8. sweety you are really an artist .. love all on your blog..

  9. Thank you Christine :)

  10. I just LOVE this tutorial! You show everything in detail and explain so well!!

    I would LOVE IT if you shared this at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality!

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