May Meeting


26 Inch Button Necklace
  Michele Chesak

Monday, May 22, 6:30 p.m.

Supplies:

  1. Buttons – can all be the same or mixed sizes and colors – you will need enough buttons for twice the length of the necklace, e.g. 104 for ½ in. buttons. You will be doing two different patterns: front and back.

  2. Thread – Any type of beading thread or line. I prefer a thick beading thread but we will be using fire line in the class.

  3. Seed Beads – Size 11 or larger. Approximately 3 beads per button (e.g. 312 beads for 104 buttons)

  4. Beading Needle – I prefer the smaller sized big eye needles but any needle will do as long as it’s firm enough to go through the buttons twice.

  5. Scissors

  6. Glue (optional)

Tips:

  1. Due to time constraints, we will thread the necklace with the buttons and the seed beads at the same time. For a stronger necklace, it’s best to thread through the necklace twice: once for the buttons and once for the seed beads.

  2. Remember that the back of the beads will be visible on the other side, so match your colors accordingly. Also, place closer sized buttons together.

  3. You can attach the buttons to a chain or a clasp. Just make sure the chain or clasp is attached at the back of the ending button. Pattern 2 will require 1 less button than pattern 1.

  4. As you are attaching the buttons, periodically make sure they are overlapped or lying flat and spaced the way you want them.

  5. To start a new thread: Tie the new thread between two previously threaded buttons (go back 2 or 3 buttons). Then continue through the buttons you’ve already threaded until you resume with the new ones. Tie off the old thread between two buttons. If you wish, you can add a drop of glue to the knots you’ve made but do this after you’ve finished.