Embellished button rings

Eiffel Tower heart ring

Eiffel Tower heart ring

It started with this ring. No, actually it started before this, with a request for an anchor ring. Wait, it started a long time ago, when I first learned how to make button rings. But we’ll start with this past week. A call to make a birthday present. A heart ring and an Eiffel Tower glass tile pendant. I suggested why not just an Eiffel Tower heart ring, because I had done that before. Then I found out I didn’t have any more flat Eiffel Towers. So this is what I made.

3D Tower ring

3D Tower ring

It sits a little tall on the finger, but it’s totally wearable and absolutely adorable. So today’s post is all about embellished button rings. I’m not going to go thru all the ring making steps, so if you need them, just click here for my earlier tutorial. So let’s make some embellished button rings now.

embellished button rings

embellished button rings

buttons wire, charms, beads

buttons wire, charms, beads

You’re going to need a 2 hole or 4 hole button, 18″ of 20 gauge wire and a charm or a relatively flat decorative bead.  I’m using some Swarovski crystal buttons here because they’re so lovely. Let’s start with the anchor charm.

wrap the wire around the anchor

wrap the wire around the anchor

Fold your 18′ piece of wire in half, insert the anchor in the fold, and then wrap the wire around the anchor 3 or 4 times. Wrap as tight as you can, to keep the anchor from sliding around.

insert wire into button

insert wire into button

Insert the wire into the button and fold out the wire. Because of the way the anchor is wrapped, it’s going to be at an angle on the button, which I think looks neat.

make the ring as usual

make the ring as usual

If you haven’t made a button ring before, just follow my earlier post. Decide on the size and wrap the wire on the mandrel.

wrap under the button and then the shank

wrap under the button and then the shank

After you’ve wrapped the wire around the bottom of the button, wrap both side of the ring band until you have the correct size.

finish up your ring

finish up your ring

Add your swirls on the sides and you are done! Now let’s do the other ring.

remove excess metal

remove excess metal

It’s a little hard to see, but I’ve used my wire cutters to trim away some of the metal round the hole on the back side of the bead. This will help hide the wire on the front.

bead in center of wire

bead in center of wire

Slide the bead to the center of your 18′ piece of wire, then fold the wire up on the notched side.

fold wires at an angle

fold wires at an angle

After you insert the wire into the button, instead of folding the wire flat parallel to the holes, fold flat at an angle. This way, the butterfly won’t be completely sideways on your finger.

make the ring as usual

make the ring as usual

Continue making the ring as you normally would. As you wrap around the back of the button, make sure you don’t straighten out that angle you made earlier.

wrap the ring band

wrap the ring band

Wrap your ring band until the size is right and finish with those swirls on the sides (or not).

aren't you awesome!

aren’t you awesome!

And that is all there is to it. Charms work well for this style of ring. If you cut the loop off of a charm, just be sure to file it smooth so you don’t snag your clothes.  There is a lot of lovely metal beads out there, so play around and see what you can make. Enjoy a few pics.

They are a lot of fun, and if you do make one, there’s little chance you’re going to run into someone wearing the same ring!

a new ring wardrobe

a new ring wardrobe

To all my wonderful friends I want to wish you a truly blessed Easter and Passover. This is a miraculous time in our lives. And if you pop in Monday, I hope to have some exciting news to share. See you then!

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