I still have more buttons laying around, and more storage space for jewelry. The day I run out of space will be a weird day. I had both of these things that I decided were just too shiny and pretty for me. How should I darken them up?
NAIL POLISH. I don’t just use it so much because I like the smell. I painted some on this metal heart, then rubbed it off with a napkin.
I love this because it looks like tarnished silver, instead of bright shiny new craft store metal.
I followed the same process with this one. I painted on some black nail polish, then rubbed it off. Rather than paint the whole thing black at once, I did each piece in thirds.
I love how the black really defines the detail on the rose, and makes the individual petals visible.
What else was I fooling around with? Nail polish and bottle caps!
I poured a little black nail polish in there, and swirled it around, gently. I used the brush to make sure it coated the sides completely. I love this stuff, because it gives you such a shiny, enameled look.
And here we see the final products: top left is a ceramic star I made and just finally glued a necklace thing onto, top right is a cute chick cut out of a magazine and glued into the black bottle cap (see this tutorial for bottle cap necklaces), bottom left is the swallow button glued onto the back of a black bottle cap, and bottom right is the filigree heart with skull and cross bones! I love having a mess of new jewelry to wear! It’s almost better than new clothes.
November 21, 2011. Tags: age metal, bottle caps, buttons, how to make necklaces, how to use up nail polish, nail polish, necklace, necklaces, skull, skull necklaces, skulls, turn buttons into necklaces. Arts and Crafts. Leave a comment.
I found these amazing buttons at the fabric store the other day, and once I saw they were only 2 bucks, I had to have them.
I am making these bad boys into jewelry, and there’s nothing you can do to stop me!
You can see most of the backs have those little loop things to sew them onto stuff. I don’t need that on a necklace…
…so I used my wire cutters to chop them off.
All that’s needed now is some kind of necklace holder. Follow my tutorial on this post, and almost anything can become jewelry.
Look at that! One little jump ring and I have a whole new necklace! Because I was running dangerously low.
I found this awesome belt at the thrift store a couple weeks ago, and it screamed out to be used. It’s a soft blue-teal color, with black and white flowers all over. Personally, I don’t wear fancy belts, so I kept it for awhile before figuring out how I could repurpose it for my own evil ends.
This is what the belt looked like. I took the end section and wrapped it around my wrist to get the general measurement to make a bracelet.
The belt had padding on the inside, so I cut a small section of it off, tucked the raw ends into itself, then sewed it shut.
I added a snap to the end on the inside.
I have buttons galore all over the house, so I decided to dress up the bracelet a bit. I figured I can switch it out whenever I want to match my outfits! I now have a cuff bracelet, and lots more belt to work with. Whatever will I make with it all??