I don't often use buttons in my jewelry. Not because I don't have any.
Of course, I have jars of them - vintage and new.
I've always thought I might use them as molds, or stamps, or closures on leather bracelets.
Today, I finally used one to design a simple clasp and focal.
The button is nothing fancy - from Joann Fabric and Craft Store. They cost $2.50 for two one inch buttons or the same price for one 1 1/2 inch button - and that's without the 40% coupon they always offer.
I wanted to make a clasp that can be used as a focal, so I didn't want it's function as a clasp to be obvious. Here's what I came up with.
From the front, I think it looks like a nice focal - possibly shell, although it's nice shimmery plastic. This is the 1.5 inch button.
On the back is a simple hook I made of 16g jeweler's red brass. I tried to give it a little bend so it aligns with the cut outs and is less obvious from the front. The hook is hammered to flatten it and harden the metal. I did not hammer the center where it is wired to the button, but hammered on either side.
I marked the center of the wire where it would be threaded to the button and added a coil of wire before I wired on the button. All of this was to make sure the button had something to grip and wouldn't move in any direction on the wire - either sliding up and down or twisting side to side.
All done and ready for a necklace - or a bracelet I guess. I hope you like the design.
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