Wire Wrapping: Learning How To… Eventually

I’ve had an idea for a while now to try to make some more wire wrapped jewelry that feature buttons. I don’t have a lot of experience with wire wrapping other than simple rings and the lapel pins. I want to ultimately learn more intricate techniques.

Last night I over bought some seed beads.

They were half off and I wasn’t able to narrow down the colors I needed most so I just got them all (maybe not all, but it looks like it). I already had some beads from back in the 90s (don’t laugh) from when I used to do loom weaving. Only problem was that I never knew what to do with the finished product so I lost interest in it. My seed bead collection was pretty limited and it was all a big jumbled mess anyway from that time I dropped the storage container on the floor (don’t laugh again). This is my fresh start.

I saw the teardrop shape and thought it would be a perfect to give my idea a try for a pair of earrings.

It took a while to find the right button to use. I wanted something bright. You can never go wrong with yellow! These are 19mm La Mode buttons I also found last night on my unplanned craft supply shopping spree.

They turned out exactly like I wanted. Not bad for a first try!

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Buttony Fussbudget

Jewelry WIP

These buttons really make me miss AC Moore. I can’t believe they have gone out of business. It certainly wasn’t my fault! I am admittedly a persnickety shopper when it comes to buttons. I’ve been known to stalk a button aisle for an embarrassingly long amount of time before finalizing my purchase. I can’t help it. I need to feel them and see them up close — the color, the size, are they flat, matte, shiny, 2 holes, 4 holes? Details!!

I buy most of my buttons at JoAnns but they don’t carry the Buttons Galore and More brand. The only place I could find them was AC Moore. I don’t know where to go now except for their website. I already don’t like shopping online and now you want me to shop online for buttons? I can’t. Online all you get is a stock photo. Who knows what will show up at your door? It’s not for me. I need a plan, some resources. First, they took Dritz buttons away from me now this! Ohhhh it’s so bad… Ok, I’m a bit dramatic (and I kinda mean it LOL). But enough of my button bugaboo–

Today I decided to either make a necklace or bracelet. The lack of jump rings determined I would be making a bracelet.

Eddie Bauer Button

In addition to the buttons, I also found the purple glass beads on this bracelet from AC Moore. They used to have little bins in the jewelry dept with elastic bracelets. They were always great and priced just right to repurpose into other pieces.

Finished Button Bracelet

Taking a picture of your own wrist is hard, but isn’t this pretty?

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Hakuna Matata

This week the button aisle was full of amazing new finds. I picked up a lot of  super cute stuff this weekend . Sooo adorable!! I just had to start with these… Simba, Timon, & Pumbaa.

Don’t ask what my favorite Disney film is ’cause I really don’t know.  It’s hard to choose. I haven’t seen the Lion King in forever. I have probably seen Aladdin 1,000 times though. Anyway, my first project was this wire wrapped pendant.

lion king necklace

I love the way the colors came together. I searched through my buttons for a looong time finding the perfect bits.  I don’t use gold wire very often but I felt it was appropriate for this palette. 

I can’t even go into how perfect this lapel pin is! It turned out exactly how I pictured it in my mind. And I’ll be honest, that doesn’t always happen. I can’t even bear to part with it. I’m pretty sure I’m going to keep it. I’ll be making one for the shop soon… promise 🙂

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