Use new, vintage, or unused buttons of all shapes and sizes to make your own stunning jewelry.
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There's no need for gold or diamond necklaces when you can craft beautiful pieces with abalone-shell or pink mother-of-pearl buttons in this craft demonstrated by Martha's niece Sophie.
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Custom cuff links for less than 15 bucks? It just takes a pair of buttons and a little epoxy to outfit your dapper gent in bespoke bling.
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Collect pretty buttons and string them on elasticized cords to create stretchy bracelets that you can wear yourself or swap with friends.
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Dangling Trio Earrings
Top Left: Attach jump rings (small metal rings) to a corded button and an antique glass bead to create the earring's dangling pieces. For the third element, cut a piece of thread, and run one end through a seed bead, then push the two thread ends up though a bugle bead. Thread another seed bead over both ends, and tie ends to a jump ring. Slide all three jump rings onto a ball-end earring wire. Punch ball closed with fingers or round-nose pliers. Knot gold embroidery floss around wire.
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Kids' Party Bracelets
It's hard to believe these glitzy bangles began as humble paper-towel tubes. Prepare for the party by slicing the tubes into rings with a utility knife. Wait until kids are finished decorating with paper cutouts, feathers, and buttons before you snip the rings open for wearing -- gluing is easier when they're still intact.
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Button Cuff Links
These handsome cuff links are actually metal shank buttons we had engraved. You can also sew the fancy buttons in place of plain ones on a shirt or jacket.
With needle-nose pliers, open a jump ring and slip it into a button; close the ring with pliers. Repeat with other button, but before closing it, link it to the ring on the first button.
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Two types of knots, the cross knot and the overhand knot -- symbols of everlasting unity -- are showcased in these colorful bracelets. Fasten with mother-of-pearl buttons and present the bracelet on our printable card to make a heartfelt gift.
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Bugle Stripe Cuff
Second to bottom: Stitch seed and bugle beads along the edges of cotton-webbing base. For beaded stripes, cut strips of twill tape as long as bugle beads and as wide as the webbing base. Apply a generous amount of Magna-Tac glue to each tape strip, and then apply the bugle beads in a tight row by hand. Let dry; glue the strips onto the cotton webbing, and secure with a few stitches through some of the bugle beads. Stitch on crystal buttons between beaded stripes.