Friday, December 10, 2010

Make a Button Bracelet

Before: Buttons
Today's project is a bracelet made from brass wire buttons pulled from our button box.

We've played with buttons before. Our very first project for this blog was a bib necklace made from recovered chain and two fabulous buttons  that served as the focal point of the necklace. We also made some stunningly simple post earring from buttons.

After: Button Bracelet by GeltDesigns

18-gauge brass wire
Six buttons

Round nose pliers  or 3-Step wire looping pliers
Chain nose or bent nose pliers
Wire rounder or needle file
Wire side cutters or flush cutters

Step 1
Measure the wrist of the person for whom you plan to make the bracelet. Typical bracelets are seven to eight inches, but many folks want bracelets that either larger or smaller, depending on wrist size.

Arrange the Buttons
Step 2
Select the buttons and arrange the buttons in the order you want for your bracelet.

Step 3
Different Sized Links

Make the links. We used
18-gauge round brass wire. For this bracelet, we made two different style links. We used ten small "S" links and two large links that are a variation of an "S" link.

Different sized links will give a different feel to the bracelet so we experimented with different gauge wire and different size links before we arrived on the size that worked with our buttons.

Make Clasp
Step 4
Make a matching "S" clasp. We made a clasp that was the same size as the links but you can make a larger clasp if you want contrast.

Assembled the Links
Step 5
Assemble the bracelet.

Related Tutorials
Make Button Earrings
Boxed Button Bracelet by GeltDesigns
Make a Chain and Button Bib Necklace
How to Determine Bracelet Sizes

How to Measure Wire
How to Use a Wire Gauge
Make Your Own "S" Clasp
Make Your Own Beaded "S" Clasp
Make Your Own "S" Chain

How to Make Kiln Fired Buttons
GeltDesigns Tutorials by Topics  

Day 20. Week 3. Jewelry from Found Objects.  $ spent: 0
Found materials: buttons
New Jewelry a Day.


  1. How do you attache each button or cufflink?

    Paula Pfarr

  2. Thnaks so much your work is CRAZY NICE!
    I feel so educated!