If you have any buttons lying around, this might be a fun way to use two of them. I just love taking something that is out of commission and using it again to make something beautiful.
For this project you will need
- Two buttons: a larger one and a smaller one. Unlike my other button ring tutorial, neither of these buttons should have a shaft, just holes. For the bottom button I used an antique brass button, and for the top I used a shiny, faceted red button. You could certainly use just one button for a more simple look.
- Copper artist wire, 20 gauge. You could also use silver, gold, pink, or whatever color you wish.
- Wire clippers and round nose pliers.
- A ring mandrel, or something round and the size of your finger.
Step 1: Gather your supplies (see above).
Step 2: Cut about 18 inches of wire. String the wire through one of the button holes.
Step 3: Loop back and string the wire through the other button hole.
Step 5: Decide what size you want your ring, and place it on the mandrel. Wrap it around so that you have three loops. Be sure to pull tightly.
Step 6: Slide the ring off the mandrel.
Step 7: Use your fingers and the round nose pliers to wrap the ends of each wire around the side three times. Symmetry is key. Be sure the wrapping matches.
Step 8: Use the cutters to remove the excess wire. Cut pointing away from the ring so you don’t end up with sharp ends that could hurt you or your clothing.
Step 9: Wear your ring!
Once you figure out how to do this, it only takes about ten minutes. The first time I made one, it was a lot more difficult. There was wire in all directions! This ring is for sale in my Etsy shop, if you are interested. Or you can find some buttons and wire and try to make one yourself!