December 14, 2011 at 12:51 pm
by Suzonne Stirling
I have my son to thank for this simple craft. He’s five and in Kindergarten, smitten with his teacher the way five-year-old boys should be. He decided weeks ago that he really wanted to make her a ring for Christmas (with jewels, Mom!). Noting the nature of his request (that it be handmade and jeweled), I thought of a local store that carries exquisite buttons, both vintage and new. I brought home three options for him to choose from. He made his selection, I snipped off the small metal shank on the back, and glued it onto an adjustable ring band that we found at Michaels. Twenty-four hours later his ring was ready for wearing.
My son couldn’t be happier and I’ve found a new, relatively inexpensive thrill (I have a feeling the two new rings sitting in my jewelry box are just the beginning). As for my son, his choice was immediate. He picked the largest and the most expensive of the buttons. He’ll make some woman very happy one day.
Buttons with a metal shank
Wire cutters or tin snips
Adjustable ring blanks
Jewelry glue or other heavy duty adhesive
1. Snip the metal shank from the buttons, getting as close to the base as possible.
2. Apply glue to the surface of the ring blank and attach to the back of the button.
3. Set it face down to dry and cure for 24 hours (see glue label for when total adhesion and curing occurs).
Tip: If you have a ring that’s difficult to dry face down, make a small ring of aluminum foil and rest the ring inside to support it while it dries.
For more craft and home ideas, you can visit me at Urban Comfort.