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Retro Button Necklace

Last week-end, I wrote about how I found this awesome stash of vintage buttons at one of my favorite shops. The buttons I chose fell into two distinct groups. The first group -delicate, antique and feminine in shades of gray and white – became a charm style bracelet.

Retro Vintage Button Necklace Handmade by j. Frances Design

The second group were more earthy, retro, and a little rustic in warm Fall colors like chestnut brown, ivory, pale beige, olive, jade, and teal. They definitely had a little bit of a seventies feel to them. I particularly liked how they had a great range of materials, textures and patterns, and I thought they would look great as the focal point of a longer necklace. There are twelve buttons total, with most of them being celluloid. There is one large horn button and two glass.

Retro Vintage Button Necklace Handmade by j. Frances Design

I wrapped each of the buttons from the back in jewelry grade bronze wire (lead and nickel free) that I antiqued myself using liver of sulfur so it would coordinate with the antiqued brass chain. Once I had wrapped all of the buttons, I played with the arrangement until I found one that was pleasing. The buttons range in size from about .75″ to 1.5″ in diameter and color, so I needed to create balance in the design.

When I was happy with the layout, I attached them to a textured antiqued brass cable chain. This chain is really high quality and one of my favorites to use. For variety, I used a smaller scale chain for the upper portion of the necklace and added one of my favorite solid brass lobster clasps and a little extender chain for an extra two inches of length, if needed. I always like when my necklaces has a little bit of adjustability to account for the different necklines of my tops.

Retro Vintage Button Necklace Handmade by j. Frances Design

I really love the eclectic feel of the necklace and particularly the color palette. It’s a completely unique one-of-a-kind design, and it’s available for sale in my Etsy shop.

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