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Button Clasps - How to Make Your Own Clasp from a Button

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Button Clasps - How to Make Your Own Clasp from a Button

Attaching a button to a right angle weave beaded bracelet.

Jennifer VanBenschoten
Using a button to make a clasp for a piece of beaded jewelry like a necklace or a bracelet is a great way to add a little whimsy to your finished piece. I like to buy my buttons by the jar at my local thrift shop - I never know what I'll find, and it gets my creative juices flowing when I'm working on a piece of beadwork.

When using a button for a clasp, make sure that the fastening loop is snug but not tight. Making the loop too loose will cause the clasp to fall apart, so take the time to get the fit of the seed bead loop correct to ensure a secure fit.

Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 5 - 10 minutes

Here's How:

  1. On one side of a piece of finished beadwork, start a new thread.
  2. If you are using a shank button (with a loop on the back), pick up 2 - 4 seed beads, the button, and 2 - 4 more seed beads.

    If you are using a button with two holes, pick up 2 - 4 seed beads and pass through one hole in the button. Pick up another 2 or 3 seed beads, pass back down through the button, and pick up another 2 - 4 seed beads.

  3. Pass the needle back into the beadwork and pull snugly to form a small loop and attach the button.
  4. Reinforce the thread path by passing back through the seed beads and button several times. Weave your thread back into the beadwork, tie a few knots, and trim the thread close to the beadwork.
  5. On the opposite side of the beadwork, start a new thread. This will be for the fastening loop.
  6. Pick up a length of seed beads that looks like it will fit around the button comfortably.
  7. Pass back into the beadwork and pull snugly to form a loop.
  8. Check the loop for fit by slipping the loop over the button. If it's too loose, remove the needle and remove some of the beads from the loop. If it's too tight, remove the needle and add a few beads at a time until the loop fits comfortably over the button.
  9. After you are satisfied with the fit of the loop around the button, secure the loop by passing back into the beadwork and pass back through the seed beads in the loop two or three times to strengthen it.
  10. Weave your thread back into the beadwork, tie a few knots, and trim the thread close to the beadwork.

Tips:

  1. Use a stronger thread like FireLine or WildFire for added security.
  2. Take the time to check the fit of the seed bead loop. You don't want your clasp to fall apart while you are wearing your finished piece of beadwork!
  3. For wider cuffs (around 2 inches or more), consider using two smaller buttons instead of one large button.
  4. Check your local thrift shop or antique shop for wonderful vintage and antique buttons.

What You Need

  • A button with either a shank (loop on the back) or two holes.
  • Seed beads in size 15 or size 11.
  • Beading thread - FireLine or WildFire recommended.
  • Size 12 beading needle.
  • Scissors or thread cutter.

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