Vintage button ring tutorial

Tricia from Leafy Treetop Spot hosted a lovely blog swap with me last week. In case you missed it, here is the tutorial that I posted on her blog.
Today I am going to share with you my tutorial on how to make wire wrapped rings using a vintage button.




Here is what you need:

Measuring tape, wire cutters, a button with the shank on the back, 28 gauge wire, a deep well socket (I found mine in my hubby's tool box. I used 1/2 inch but I have little fingers! You can use an actual ring making tool if you have one, I don't, so I made do) and some needle nose pliers


Cut your wire to 36" long

Find the center point of your wire and do a cheesy grin (only kidding about the grin part!)


Starting with the center of the wire, place it on your socket and start wrapping around about 6 times.


Cross your wires and thread each end through the button shank


Pull tightly so that it's close to the socket


Making a figure eight, thread the wire through again with both ends


Equally wrap both ends around the shank covering it with wire to hold it in place. Working from the top of the shank to the bottom closest to the ring.


Start wrapping your wire around the ring on each side. I did about 15 wraps on each side. Make sure you pull tightly and that each wrap is next to the other with no gaps.


Once you have the desired amount of wraps, cut off the excess wire as close to the ring as possible. Using your needle nose pliers, squeeze down the end so you don't have any sharp ends left up.


That's it! Put it on and accessorize!



Pretty cool right? And all one of a kind.


You can wrap the whole ring or just a portion of it. Create it any way you like!




27 comments

Mandy [Mandy's Yellow Corner] said...

I love, love, LOVE this! Such a cute idea, and I absolutely adore that turquoise one! I'm going to have to go through my stash of buttons that my grandmother gave me for some fun rings :]

The Answer Is Chocolate said...

These are beautiful!

cynthia said...

Oh Rachel, what a beautiful idea!!!

Kristen @ ladybug-blessings.com said...

Your blog is SO cute! I have recently started a Handmade Tuesdays which features a tutorial (let me know if you ever want to be featured) and then a linky at the bottom. I never knew it would be so hard to get it going but it's worth it :) But I would love for you to participate!

Madigan at madiganmade said...

These are adorable! Great tutorial, thanks!

The Pennington Point said...

That is really, really cute! Lisa~

Wendy said...

Wowza, these are VERY cool! Nice job!

The Pampered Mom said...

Great Idea & very cool!

Lynn @ Honey Darlins Corner said...

LOVE the rings!!! I'm your new follower:)

Julie said...

Adorable! Great job!

Lisa said...

These are really pretty! I've seen them at craft fairs but I've never thought of making any myself! Thanks!

janimal said...

Oh they are fabulous! And you really made the process look so easy. Thanks!

Devonay@LumpkinAndMe said...

I love these! I just saw some in a shop today (for way too much) and thought I would like to know how to make one. Thanks!

whilehewasnapping said...

These are amazing! They are so pretty! Thanks for linking up with While He Was Napping! Hope to see you again next weekend!

Krista

Christina said...

I LOVE this idea! I just found some super cool buttons...I may have to try this :)

New follower! Come on over and visit me too! :)

http://christinasadventures2010.blogspot.com/

Betsy said...

Great idea, thanks for sharing. I just love old buttons and make things out of them too.

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

This is marvelously clever! Gotta try it and soon!

Meg said...

So beautiful! I love the vintage buttons! Great idea.

caffeinatedblessings said...

I love it! I have a gazillion vintage buttons from my grandmother and couldn't think of what to do with them. Even the military buttons off of my grandfather's uniform!

Great idea!

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

Rachel, These are so unique. I love the vintage buttons. Great tutorial. I featured this today - stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Thanks so much for linking to The Sunday Showcase Party. I greatly appreciate it. Hope you have a wonderful week. ~ Stephanie Lynn

JoaniB said...

Love the little rings! I'm a follower now, and I know I'm going to enjoy the ride.

I have a fledgling blog at http;//wynd.me/witty, if anyone would be so kind as to check it out.

Remodelaholic said...

This is such a beautiful project and a great gift idea. Thanks for linking up to our party! Sorry I am a little behind.

I wanted to let you know that I am featuring this project on my craft blog Polly Want A Crafter during our DIY Gift Ideas week it will post 11/24 @ 5:30 pm. I hope you have a bunch of new visitors!

Casity

neetu said...

Nice post

Anjali said...

Wow. This is quite unique and interesting way to make a different style ring. I will definitely to make one.
vintage anniversary rings

HJC Editor said...

Your tutorial is an awesome inspiration! Many thanks for sharing. I would like to feature your designs at http://www.handmade-jewelry-club.com/

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drawingcloser said...

I love this idea! Just saw some at a craft fair and thought, "I could make those!" So of course I googled it and found your blog. Thanks for the instructions!

I'll be back!
Stephanie
http://www.ledbytheshepherd.wordpress.com

taralazar said...

Thank you for the tutorial. I just received some wonderful Czech glass buttons and I am eager to make them into rings but didn't know how. I will give this a try. Merry Christmas!

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