Lately, I have been shopping for more accessories to spice up my outfits. I have really wanted to add some rings to my growing collection. But, most of the rings that I find are either too large or too expensive. Yes, I have admitted several times that I am cheap. And, I don’t particularly want to pay $15-$20 for some cheap baubly rings. To me, that is too much.
Well, I had this epiphany that I could make the type of ring that I was looking for. I found some buttons at Wal-Mart that I thought would make great inexpensive rings! Plus, there were three buttons on the one card and two buttons on the other. I thought that was great–since I was sort of just winging this project. But, I needed something to attach the buttons to. So, I went to Michael’s Craft store and found some ring findings.
The ring findings each had two hoops to fasten my buttons, but I only needed one. I used a pair of wire cutters to remove on of the hooks.
I had anticipated using clear thread to fasten the button onto the ring finding, but that didn’t work out as well as I had hoped. So, I revamped my technique and pulled out my trusty glue gun. I removed the button shank, and pushed the hoop on the finding as far into the hole as possible before adding a dollop of hot glue to secure it.
Although it worked, I was a little unhappy with how high up the button sat. It is nearly impossible to tell when looking straight down at the ring, but when looking at it from a different angle it is quite apparent.
I repeated the process of removing one of the hoops for the second ring. Then, I removed the shank from the back of the button. However, I was in for a small surprise. The black “jewel” was held in place of the gold frame by the shank. With this one, I had to hot glue the black jewel back into the gold frame before hot gluing the button onto the ring finding. Again, I was a little unhappy with how high off the ring the button sits. The mix of the silver ring and the gold button didn’t bother me since I knew that you wouldn’t see the ring, but my boyfriend had a small problem with it.
Bothered by the height the hoop caused, I looked for some different ring findings at Jo Ann Fabrics— I was picking up some fabric for another project on my to-do list. And I found some! So, stay tuned for another, better, round of button-rings!
- Button and Jump Ring Bracelet (organizeyourstuffnow.com)
- What to do with Buttons? (patchworkcreation.wordpress.com)