Use an interesting and colourful collection of buttons in all shapes and sizes. You don’t need that many buttons for this necklace project, but you do need a good variety. Go through your collection and set aside the buttons you think will work well for this project. Play around until you are happy with your combination.
You will need:
- 1.2 m of 1.5 mm wax cord
- 1 button to fasten
- a measuring tape or ruler
- about 70 buttons
1. Fold the wax cord in half. Make a loop where the cord folds, making sure it’s the right size and matches the button you will use to fasten the necklace. Make an overhand knot to secure the loop. Set the button aside for safekeeping.
2. From the loop, measure out 12 cm and make another overhand knot.
3. Using the 2 strands of cord, string in all your buttons. When using four-hole buttons, make sure you thread the cord through the diagonally opposite buttonholes. This section of the choker should measure about 22 cm. If you need more or fewer buttons, adjust accordingly. Tie another overhand knot. Measure another 12 cm and make another knot.
4. Using only one strand of the cord, string in the button you have put aside for safekeeping. Thread the cord from the back, over and down through the last buttonhole. Tie a knot with both strands of the cord, left over right and right over left.
Extract from Buttons, felt & beads by Michelle Felder, (R175, Metz Press)