Today I wanted fast and easy. This was a little fussier than I’d hoped, but it was fairly fast and pretty easy.
I have two button rings that I enjoy wearing . Sometimes just one little ring can make me feel as if my whole outfit is pulled together.
Both are made from unique, old buttons. The black button ring was made for my big fingers with a wrapped wire base and the white button is on a bendable size-to-fit base. But because my fingers are not a size 7 or 8, the white one doesn’t get worn as often because…well, it doesn’t really fit! After awhile it starts to pinch.
Last summer I did a project with wire. The memory of that project was enough to convince me that I didn’t want to attempt a wire button ring. So I found some ring bases to try. They’re different that the bendable one on the white button ring but I have a feeling I’ll have the same problem. I think they will make cute gifts or maybe I’ll do a Button Ring giveaway!
Some of the buttons have shanks on the back but I just snipped them off with some trusty nippers.
I also had to adapt some of the ring bases to work with the different buttons. They had a little rim around the disc on the top of the ring. For some buttons that was fine but others didn’t fit inside the rim so I cut it off, cutting through the edge with the nippers than using sturdy scissors to cut it all the way off. I use a sanding block to smooth the cut edge and than sanded the top of the ring base to rough it up a little, all the better for gluing.
Finally, it was a matter of my good ol’ E6000 adhesive. It’s a little stinky so be sure to work in a well-ventilated space. I squeeze out a small pea-sized dab on a piece of scrap paper because it starts to set up and I don’t want to waste it. Then I use a toothpick to apply it to the top of the ring base and the back of the button. I found it worked best if I let them set up a bit before pressing together. Any smaller buttons were added in the same way.
The picture of this turquoise Flower Power ring didn’t quite capture the pink color of the center button, but it does show how cute a button ring can be.
This heavy coat button with pearl beads is a true knuckle duster. I think it would even fit the trendy title of “statement ring”.
These three started as pretty buttons but really look finished when second button is added.
Now if only I didn’t have such large fingers, I would have a whole new wardrobe of rings. Once the adhesive has cured, I’ll see if I can adjust the size enough to squeeze one on and give it a test wearing.
Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.