Necklace – Vintage Wire & Buttons

Necklace – Vintage Wire & Buttons

This jewelry making project shows you how to make a beautiful button necklace using wire. This simple technique is ideal for kids learning to make their own jewelry.

What you need

Copper Jewelry wire
Approx 30 old buttons
wire cutters


Start by taking your length of wire around 1 yard and creating a knot or bend at one end (so your buttons don’t slip off) then begin threading your buttons onto the wire by taking the wire through the button holes as if it was a needle and thread.

Keep doing this – adding each button as you go. Position the buttons flat by pushing and shaping the wire so that the buttons each sit flat.

Keep doing this until you reach your desired length. You can add a small jewelry clasp or simply create a necklace that will slip over the head by twisting the two ends of wire together.

This method is great for kids!


Altered Art – Junk Bracelet

This tutorial shows you how to take broken jewellery pieces and turn them into something new

What you need

Bracelet with clasp
assorted beads and scrap items
broken earrings
broken necklace chains
jump rings
jewelry wire
round nose pliers


This Altered art project shows you how to turn broken jewelry pieces, single earrings and odds and ends into a beautiful altered art junk bracelet.

The key to creating a beautiful altered art bracelet it layers of different items. For this project we used :

broken earrings
broken lengths of necklace chains
old necklace pendants

and just attached them to the bracelet chain using jump rings.

Oddments of beads have been added using jewelry nose pins that were hand made using lengths of wire. Simply take your length of wire and twist one end into a loop using your round nose pliers. Add your beads and then close the length of wire by forming another loop with your pliers.

Randomly add your oddments to the bracelet chain creating a layered look.


  1. This is very creative .. and simple.. 🙂

  2. this is a fantastic necklace

  3. cool

  4. My mother was a seamstress since she made her first dress with a newspaper pattern that she designed when she was 8 years old. Every since that time she collected buttons. Before she passed away in 2004, she and I went through her button BOXES and made up a button bracelet from buttons collected for each grand daughter. They were gorgeous. So I might use this design to make me a necklace and earrings. Thanks!! Julie

  5. Super original y muy bonito.
    Un abrazo.

  6. unique

  7. great project!

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