|DIY Button Earrings|
Another source of buttons is the give-away clothes pile. Many outgrown, out of date or no longer wanted clothes have great buttons. Check your give-away pile for buttons that you can use for earrings and other jewelry (like the Chain & Button Bib Necklace).
Select a matching set of buttons.Going through the button box and imagining the buttons as earrings is half the fun.
Use files and then sandpaper to smooth the back surface where you removed the shanks. Nobody likes sharp earrings and blood on the ears really is not chic.
Mark the back of the button where you want the post. Experiment with different positions until you have the look you like. Where you glue the post may vary depending on whether you use findings for clip on versus pierced earrings.
In most cases, you will want the to glue the post so it adheres in the top third of the button. Gluing the post in the top third of the button will cause the earring to hang correctly. There is a tendency to want to glue the post in the center of the button. Resist that impulse. For most post earrings, the post should sit on the top third of the earring in order for the earring to sit attractively on the ear when worn.
Glue on the post earrings. Allow the glue to set overnight or according to the glue manufacturer's instructions.
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