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May 9, 2012

Button Bib Necklace & Earrings Tutorial - PART 2


Last week I shared the tutorial for making this fun button bib necklace
Today its time to share the tutorial for making the matching button earrings! 

You might think making earrings out of buttons isn't very difficult. 
To that I say au contraire, my friend! 
(You didn't know I speak French, did you? Well that's about all I can say. 
But I can laugh in French. No really! I can laugh just like the French chef in The Little Mermaid. Pinky swear!)

Buttons are tricky as dangling earrings for one main reason: 
Thanks to that pesky thing called gravity, they want to face straight down when they hang from your ears instead of looking out at the world. 

I can tell you how to fix that! 

Get ready for Part 2: Button Earrings tutorial!

Again, this entire project began when I stumbled across these fun buttons. 
You can read more about that in the necklace tutorial post

Let's start with the supply list (x2):
wire
button
eye pin
fish hook earring
small jump ring
felt
jewelry tools (not pictured, but mine are just like these)

Cut a length of wire ~4 inches long and thread it through the button holes (back to front). 

Repeat 2 more times. 

Trim the wire with scissors or wire cutters so that there is just enough sticking out the back of the button to not quite reach the opposite button hole. Fold the wire over so it is flat against the back of the button.

Carefully insert the eye pin between the wire and the back of the button. 

Attach the small jump ring to the eye pin then attach the fish hook earring to the jump ring.

Now you need to decide how long you want your button to dangle from the fish hook. I wanted the silver ball on the fish hook to just peak over the top of the button so I adjusted my eye pin to the appropriate length and then used jewelry pliers to bend the pin back up on itself.

Cut the excess wire off of the pin and smoosh (that's a technical word) it flat and snug on the back of the button. 

Now the back looks pretty horrendous, and I would prefer people did not see it. So let's cover it up!

Cut a small circle out of a piece of felt that will cover the mess but will not be seen from the front of the button. 

Add a tiny dollop of adhesive to the back of the button and cover it with the circle of felt. Press gently and immediately wipe up any excess adhesive that might have oozed out.

And now we have successfully made dangling button earrings! 
Are't they cute?

I think the earrings are the perfect complement to the button bib necklace!



I link to these fun parties!




12 comments :

  1. These are so cute!! I love the tip on how to have them hang straight! I just love the whole set together!!
    Also - I can't believe we shared a room for 4 days and I missed out on the French chef laugh! So now we just need to get together again. ;)

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  2. So fun!! I love all of the buttons! I need to find some for good prices! I would love for you to stop by the Naturally-Nifty Party and link up!

    www.natural-nesters.blogspot.com

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  3. So cute!! I love that bib button necklace. I shared it on my TT&J FB page :)

    xoxoxoxox
    Jen

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  4. I really do love those buttons! Thanks for showing us how to make them into earrings! So smart. I'm going to have an overwhelming collection of button earrings now ;)
    Have a great day, Michele!

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  5. Love these and they are so perfect with your cute necklace!

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  6. Very beautiful earrings(!) and together with the necklace - just perfect

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  7. the cutest earrings...evah! Although I'm liking that darn necklace and don't even want to think about the time it took. Nope, just going to do it.

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  8. Love this! We love for you to share this on our Kitchen Fun and Crafty link party going on now.... http://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.blogspot.com/2012/05/kitchen-fun-and-crafty-friday-link_10.html?m=1

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  9. I Love buttons, theses are super cute! Can we talk bout you guest posting this at my blog. :) Thanks for considering. It's very fitting, I love buttons (oh wait, I already said that. ;) )

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  10. goodness girl you outdid yourself AGAIN! absolutely LOVE you designs-- pretty and fresh and happy! another amazing project! xoxo

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  11. What a cute jewelry set! Great tutorials! They would fit really well with the tutorials on allfreejewelrymaking.com.

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