Custom Button Necklaces with No Metal Parts

Button necklace with no metal parts

Back in February, I got a message from Heather in Lincolnshire. She had recently lost a favourite button necklace, which wasn’t one that I’d made – it was slightly different. The main difference was that it was one continuous piece, with no clasp, which she preferred because she is sensitive to metals. Given that there was no clasp, it was also slightly longer than most of the necklaces I make, so that it could fit over a person’s head to put it on. The colour scheme was also a bit different to any single one of my regular ones – Heather described it as a combination of my autumn colours necklace and vintage summer pastels necklace.

She asked if I could recreate this lost necklace – and thanks to her detailed description, I was able to make something that she said was very close to it. This is what it looked like:

Heather got in touch again last week and told me she’s still wearing it almost every day. She had a new commission for me too – she’d raided her mum’s button tin and wanted me to make another necklace using the buttons. So she posted them to me, and once they arrived, I made another one in the same style.

If you have some buttons you’d like to be turned into jewellery, you can find details on my heirloom button jewellery page.

Four New Delicate Button Necklaces

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Here are some new button necklaces in the lightweight, delicate style that I’ve been using just recently – one in silver-grey, one in various shades of green, one in vintage pearl, and one in a mix of warm, bright colours.

These necklaces are great for petite necklines and people who want something subtle and buttony. They also make good presents for children, who can wear them as a longer necklace when they are small (I’d suggest around age 8 and up) but also continue to wear them as they grow, as they still fit as a shorter necklace on an adult.

The buttons used to make these necklaces are usually between 8 – 11mm across, and the necklaces measure around 45cm (exact lengths are specified on individual listings).

You can browse my button necklace collection here.

Viola Joke Cufflinks – ‘Viola’ and ‘Bow’

I am quite proud of these because they are a physical viola joke.

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As I’m a violist, I’ve been hearing viola jokes since I was seven years old.  The idea is that viola players are not as intelligent as other musicians, but this is, of course. nonsense*.

These cufflinks are based on the following joke:

‘ A violinist noticed at the end of each rehearsal break, one of the violists would look at the inside flap of his jacket before he sat down to resume rehearsal. This continued for several decades, and the violinist became quite curious about it. One day, during hot weather, the violist took off his jacket and went off on break. The violinist waited until everyone was off the platform, looked around, and sneaked over to the jacket. He pulled back the flap and saw a little note pinned on the inside. It read: “viola left hand, bow right.” ‘

They’re available in my Viola Emporium, or my ‘Bling for Strings’ Etsy Shop.

*We know it is nonsense, because there’s another joke which goes, ‘Why are all the viola jokes so simple?’ ‘So violinists can understand them’.

New Delicate Woven Cord Button Necklaces

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These two button necklaces are my latest woven cord creations. Made with tiny 10mm buttons (rather than my tapered, chunky button necklace style) they are great for petite necklines or for anyone who wants a more subtle and delicate necklace.

These two colour schemes are blue, grey, white and lilac, and peach, coral and cream.

I’ll be adding more in this style over the next few weeks.

Button Brooches – New Designs

I’ve made a new batch of button brooches to fill up the previously rather sparsely populated brooch section of buttonjewellery.co.uk.

There’s a mixture of neutral and muted-coloured brooches, and also some brighter ones, and the sizes range from 40 – 55mm across. They’re made with stacks of three buttons in graduated sizes, stitched together and mounted on a metal brooch plate.
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There are lots more designs on my brooches page.

Jigsaw Puzzle Piece Earrings

While continuing my process of delving through boxes of leftover materials and forgotten bits and pieces, I found a bag of jigsaw puzzle pieces. There were still a few left that were similar enough to each to make pairs, so they’re become earrings. Each pair is unique, and these ones come from a vintage puzzle which had a bird design on it.

It was donated to me because too many of the pieces were missing for it to be completed without being incredibly irritating – but it could still be turned into other things…

All of these jigsaw puzzle earrings are for sale at the Unexpected Boutique. Each pair is one-of-a-kind.

Beaded Safety Pin Earrings – Three New Colours

Last year I made a batch of safety pin drop earrings using gold safety pins with green and bronze rocaille beads. These earrings were popular with customers, so I’ve made some more, in several new colour schemes: red, peacock blue, and multicoloured.

They are available from the Unexpected Boutique website and Etsy shop.

More Felt Jewellery – Necklaces and Bangle Bracelets

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Today I’ve been listing the rest of my stock of felt jewellery on the Unexpected Boutique website, and also in my Etsy shop.

There are some more felt bead necklaces in bright colours, and also four of my sister‘s felted bangles.

That’s my whole stock of leftover felt beads made into jewellery now – I made a total of fourteen new necklaces using up all the odds and ends.