Today I went to one of my favorite craft stores to take advantage of some coupons that I had to buy a few Halloween related items that I could use for crafting. One of my favorite things about the start of fall is… Halloween!! It’s the kick off to the Autumn and Winter holidays!
I found so many super cute things!! Since I couldn’t sleep (again) I decided that I would do something easy to keep me busy and in the process hopefully tiring myself out.
Plastic buttons make some of the cutest things that I have ever seen. I love using buttons to make different kinds of jewelry – earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings, galore! I’m not referring to two hole buttons (this time) – but buttons with no holes and a plastic shank. These are the best! I picked up a few candy corn buttons and knew immediately I could make some earrings and a necklace for myself. As I type this out, I’m even thinking how I could make a matching ring and bracelet…….hmmm…..
Here are my materials and tools (scroll down to the bottom for more information on them)
- Large Plastic Shank Candy Corn Button (1)
- Small Plastic Shank Candy Corn Buttons (2)
- Earring Posts w/ Backs (2)
- Bail (I generally use a sterling silver plated Aanraku Bail)
- Viva Decor Pearl Pen in Ice White
- Viva Decor Pearl Pen in Sunny Yellow
- Viva Decor Glass Effects in Transparent
- Adhesive E-6000
- Small Paint Brush
- Shank Remover and/or Cuticle Nipper
- Sand Paper or Nail File
- Cotton Swab
- Popsicle / Lollipop / Craft Stick
- Baby Wipes…??? Say What???
In one of my last craft posts (I think) I talked about how I always have clothespins, a cotton swab (which I referred to as a “cotton tip” – thank you to my Fibro Fog for not being able to come up with the word “cotton swab” 🙂 ), and a stick on my craft table. Well – I also always have baby wipes. Usually it’s to wipe off my Cricut mats when I use my Imagine to make sure that no ink gets on the black lines. I also use it to clean my hands up if it gets messy or clean up my desk. Tonight, however, I squirted Viva Decor Glass Effects all over my face – luckily I reacted fast enough to close my eyes as it was all over my eyelids, my nose, and my cheeks. Thank goodness for those baby wipes as I don’t know how I would have made it fast enough to the bathroom with my eyes shut!!
1. Using a Shank Remover tool remove the shanks from the back of the 3 buttons. If you don’t have a shank remover or if the shank remover didn’t get all the shank off I find that a cuticle nipper works great in a pinch.
2. Sand the back of the buttons down a bit if necessary to make sure that they lay completely flat on your table.
3. Since my earring buttons were already shiny I was ready to go and assemble. Adhere the earring posts to the back of the small buttons. I generally will take my E-6000 and use my craft stick to use to place on my items. It helps make the tube of adhesive not run everywhere, you can better control the amount of glue used, and it helps with the “strings” that occur with the E-6000.
***E-6000 is an industrial adhesive and pretty toxic. If you are working on a project where you are using this often or if you have asthma, allergies, or chemical sensitivities – I strongly recommend wearing a mask. A N95 mask that you can pick up in your local drug store will work just fine (think H1N1 or SARS).
4. Using the Viva Decor Pearl Pen in Ice White, paint the top white part of your candy corn button for your necklace to give it a little sparkle. I like to use my magnifying tool w/ light when I’m painting the smaller items like this. Helps me so I don’t have to worry about my glasses all the time. If you make any mistakes – just use your cotton swab to remove the Viva Decor before it dries.
5. Using the Viva Decor Glass Effects in Transparent, paint the yellow and orange part of your candy corn button for your necklace to give it shine.
6. If the back of your buttons are not completely flat or if a little of the shank remains, sand this down as flat as you can.
7. Adhere the bail to the back of the candy corn button.
8. Since I had to sand the back of my button for my necklace I painted the back of my button with Viva Decor Pearl Pen in Sunny Yellow. This also gives it a nice pop of color in the back. Once dried paint a small coat of the Glass Effects gel.
Let your buttons dry for 24 hours. Add your new necklace pendant to your chain of choice – I had a silver chain that worked great. I also have ball chains, organza ribbon cord necklaces, suede/leather, etc. Just use whatever you have on hand or the kind that you like the best.