Vintage Button Jewelry Inspiration


I have been an admirer and hoarder of buttons for a very long time. They are super easy to buy and stick in your backpack while traveling. While some people purchase souvenir postcards, I have always purchased buttons.

But, there comes a time when the stash gets too great and it is time to create. I have hit that point (can any of you relate?).

Here are some of the jewelry inspiration and tutorials that I have gathered to help inspire me and perhaps inspire you too.


Cindy Wimmer of Sweet Bead Studio found a fun way to incorporate wire wrapping and vintage mother of pearl buttons. I like the contemporary look with the classic elegance of the buttons. The actual tutorial was featured in the February/March 2014 Issue of Step-by-Step Wire Jewelry.


I love the simplicity of this Craftsy-How-To. Buttons are miniature pieces of art by themselves and make fantastic focal points. The technique of wire wrapping is easy enough, but it takes practice. These pendants look complicated enough that it will hopefully cut down on the average crafter walking by your booth and stating “oh, I can so make that!”



Oh my! I love these bracelets by An Era’s Ambiance. The ribbon and the dangling bead… make this a perfect design in my opinion.


Unfortunately, Tracy Bell isn’t offering any of these great creations currently on her Etsy site, but she should be! They look beautiful!


These great buttons by Etsy artist, Mellette Berezoski, aren’t live anymore on her Etsy site, but they are great source for all of those vintage clear glass buttons in my stash. I love how she used old maps.


Carol Spinski created these great Bohemian Cuff Wrap Bracelets. She even has a tutorial!


Paula Montgomery sells beautiful bracelets using vintage repurposed buttons and cufflinks.


Cloven on Etsy created this beautiful cascading mother of pearl delight!

Sarah Dougherty from Foolery Too created this beautiful vintage button wire wrapped creation. I’d like that button to make a mold!!


Otis Dotan also created this beautiful bracelet using vintage buttons. I like how she tied in bead caps and used the button as a closure.


Here are a couple of projects that I have created using my own stash. I still need to keep creating because I haven’t made a dent!!!

I hope you have been inspired!

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5 thoughts on “Vintage Button Jewelry Inspiration

  1. Cindy says:

    What an inspiring collection of button jewelry! Thank you for including my Craftsy and Step by Step Wire projects – I can’t get enough of vintage mother of pearl!

  2. Debrah Gould says:

    I have been creating and selling vintage, mostly embellished button pendants
    for about 10 years, and am always on the lookout for both unique
    findings and equally unique buttons. I sell exclusively through galleries
    and on consignment.

  3. Terry Berg says:

    In want to make my granddaughter a choker using a shank button that I found (Harry Potter related).
    She is not big into jewelry..but likes chokers all of a sudden.
    The Bohemian cuff bracelet style is what I was imagining. Any thoughts?
    ..and by the way,I really enjoyed the button jewelry displayed throughout!

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