October 26, 2009

Button Ring Tutorial

1. Start out with your favorite button, a brass ring blank, and an 8 inch section of brass 20g wire.
(this button is from one of my favorite Etsy ceramic bead makers: MA CARROLL)



2. Bend the wire in half.




3. Thread the two ends into the 2 holes of the button.




4. Thread the ends of the wire through 2 of the holes on the ring blank. I choose to use the 2 center holes on this blank from Michaels.




5. Shown here, the button on the wire, is thread through the holes all the way up to the button. Make sure the 2 wires are pulled out from the sides of the ring.


6. Bend each wire straight out to the left and to the right.


7. Take one of the wires and start tightly wrapping it around so that the wire tucks in between the blank and the button. Keep wrapping it all the way to the end of the wire.


8. Do the same with the other wire. Wrap it around and around. It's okay if it looks messy. You can't see that part anyway.


9. Now tuck the ends of the wire in with your chain nose pliers.


10. VOILA! A new button ring!

It's also fun to layer the buttons, like this. This is a fun and easy project, and be forewarned. It can be quite addicting. You'll think, oh, I'll make a ring. and then before you know it you've made 6.
I hope you liked this little tutorial. Tune in tomorrow for a necklace tutorial that incorporates ribbon and chain into a design!

20 comments:

  1. This looks great...thanks so much for the tutorial!

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  2. Great idea Lorelei!
    I saw those at Michaels the other day, now I know what I could do. I have been making button rings with vintage buttons all wire wrapped all the way around. They are quite fun! Enjoy the day! Erin

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  3. I have buttons galore. Now if I get ring blanks galore? Oh dear I can see where this might head --- obsession.

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  4. WOW thanks for this tut - I will have to take a trip to Michaels - I have a ton of buttons that I usually use as closures for bracelets - I love to collect them!

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  5. wow- what a great tute! I just checked out ma carroll's shop and i might have to buy something!! oh man....

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  6. Great tutorial! Love the idea - I think I'm with everyone else - maybe a new obsession?

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  7. Thanks for the tutorial! I loved these rings when you showed them before.

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  8. Love these brass rings, L! And I didn't know of MA Carroll, thanks for bringing her to my attention! I've added her to my favorites!

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  9. Thank you for the tutorial! I have a ton of vintage buttons, so I better get busy!

    Ann

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  10. Ripper tutorial and a classy ring! The blanks are not available here in Oz :( Anyone help with an online store?

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  11. Thank you for the tutorial! This will be great to try. :)

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  12. I work at Michaels (Event coordinator) and I didnt see them lol. Leave it to Lorelei!
    Your very generous to share!

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  13. Great tutorial - thanks for yet another "obsession" opportunity 'cause I really needed more of those LOL!

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  14. I am with everyone else...Thanks for the new fun obsession...Of course, after seeing this, I stopped at Michael's on the way home...You didn't mention how wonderfully affordable the ring blanks are :o) So, I am now looking at all of my beads and wondering which ones will make wonderful and easy rings :o)

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  15. I am so happy to hear that everyone was pleased with the ring tut! I actually went back and perused the comments about what people were wanting to see me do next and Mel Mel suggested this tut. If she's reading this, MEL, THIS WAS FOR YOU BABY!
    Tomorrow, A NECKLACE!

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  16. Thanks Lorelei - you are very generous with your time - you have started a new craze by the sounds of it! ...Vicki

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  17. Omg! It's really that easy. I've stayed away from making rings because I thought there was more to it. That button ring is so cute!

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  18. This is a keeper! Thanks for the great instruction!

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  19. Thanks for the tutorial—I've got a new project for the weekend!

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