Have some scrap fabric laying around? Transform them into a beautiful and unique cover button necklace easily. A perfect DIY project for a novice crafter that requires no jewelry making experience. Or better yet, make this is fun weekend project with the kids, who'll be proud to wear their creations around town.
Warning: the spectacular results look like they took a lot of time to make, but are quite the opposite. =)
For the last 4 jewelry making supplies, you can find an affordable jewelry making kit that includes all of these materials.
First remove the wire backs from your cover buttons by following these instructions.
Then make 5 fabric cover buttons by following these instructions . I used Liberty London fabric in this tutorial, which is very rich in color and detailing, making them perfect for covered button projects.
Using E6000 glue, attach a plastic button into the back of each covered button. This will provide a nice surface area to attach your jewelry bails to in the next step.
Attach your jewelry bails or spacer bars to the back of your buttons using E6000 adhesive. I attached all bars at an even horizontal, with the exception of the largest 60 (center) button, which has bars placed at an angle as shown. Be sure that you lay out your necklace design first, as you don't want an upside down print.
Important tip: Let the glue dry overnight to set in place. E6000 is a strong adhesive, but needs a few hours to properly cure.
After the glue has set, attach jump rings with jewelry pliers to connect spacers.
Measure and cut two pieces of chain. If you don't have a jewelry cutter, a nail clipper works just as well. I cut each chain 8" long, but cut a longer or shorter chain depending upon what length you like.
Using jump rings, attach a chain to each side of your necklace. Then add two more jump rings to attach your lobster clasp to the end of your chain. Now you've an original, wearable work of art!
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