Pendant necklaces are great for any outfit and any time of the year. You see them worn with turtlenecks, V-neck blouses and even plain T-shirts. You can purchase an expensive pendant, or make one yourself for half the price. At your local craft store, there is an entire jewelry making section with many varieties of pendants, but have you ever thought of using buttons? This option cuts the price down even further and gives you so many more options.
This past Halloween, I made my own witch costume, including the jewelry. To accent my three various length beaded necklaces, I needed a tight, black necklace with a specific style pendant. Already having my black velvet rope for the necklace, I just needed a pewter colored pendant to accent my costume. My friend and I searched and searched, but could not find what we were looking for in the jewelry section. An idea occurred to both of us, and we headed off to the button section of the store.
The buttons I chose came as a two-piece set with the button hole, or shank, on the back. This particular style of button was ornately decorated with flowers and vines that also had a few tiny holes near the edges. I saw those and realized it would make a fabulous pendant for my costume.
For around $4.00 I purchased the set of two buttons. The pendants, in the jewelry section, we looked at started at $6.00 each and increased from there. I liked the savings and knew exactly how to make my necklace.
This quick and easy craft idea is great for all ages and experience levels.
For my necklace, I used the following:
1 velvet rope necklace
1 pewter button
1 silver oval jump ring
Button Shank Remover (optional)
In two easy steps I had the most beautiful pendant for my costume. Step one involved using the pliers; I opened the jump ring and placed one end through the rope and the other end through one of the holes in my button. Step two, I used the pliers and closed the ring. If you like, you can remove the button shank on the back with the button shank remover. (Follow the directions on the package to properly use this tool.)
That was it. This is such a simple way to make beautiful necklaces, bracelets, earrings and anklets for you or as presents for Christmas, birthdays, Mother’s Day and any other holiday. All you need is your imagination and the button section of your favorite craft store.
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