Judy Freyer Thompson's Stacked Button Charms, Contemporary Wire Jewelry. Cutting, Cutting Tool, Cutters, Dapping, Dapping Jewelry, How To Punch Holes, Hole Punching, Punch A Hole, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Sawing, Saw, Wire Saw, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder. Do you have a stash of old buttons hanging around?  I do, and wanted to do something a little different with them, that's where this project came to mind.
Stacked Button Charms
by Judy Freyer Thompson
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): Cutting, Dapping, Hole Punching, Making Loops, Sawing, Butane Torch Techniques
  • Skill Level: Beginner
Do you have a stash of old buttons hanging around? I do, and wanted to do something a little different with them, that's where this project came to mind.

Grab some pre-cut copper or brass shapes; make your own using the simple templates shown, or experiment using your own design.

You can experiment with enameling some copper shapes, or adding a patina. Let your imagination go and create one of a kind charms. Wear one as a simple statement, or group a few together for a more complex piece of wearable art.

These can also be worn as fantastically mis-matched earrings!

Note: It's important that you use bronze wire for this project as it has a certain spring to it, and is instrumental in achieving and holding the bends for these charms.

Materials

18 Gauge 0.040 Dead Soft Copper Sheet Metal - 6x12 Inch
MET-705.18M
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $20.46
  • Gold Club Price: $15.35
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Old buttons two or four hole; make sure you have a two hole button for the top one.
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  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
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Tools

WireJewelry - Ultimate Wire-Pliers Jewelry Pliers with Case, Set of 5
G15-20
  • G15-20
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $170.72
  • Gold Club Price: $128.04
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Basic Sawing Kit
G15-7
  • G15-7
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $34.95
  • Gold Club Price: $26.21
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6PC File Set
FIL-912.10
  • FIL-912.10
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $39.97
  • Gold Club Price: $29.98
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Flat Face Chasing Hammer
HAM-161.00
  • HAM-161.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $14.97
  • Gold Club Price: $11.23
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18 Gauge Round Bronze Enameled Craft Wire - 21 ft
H5-I18-21FT
  • H5-I18-21FT
  • Lesson Quantity: 15.00 feet
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $5.80
  • Gold Club Price: $4.35
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Euro Punch Pliers--Round - Small--1.25mm
PLR-133.60
  • PLR-133.60
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $14.97
  • Gold Club Price: $11.23
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Blazer ES-1000 Angled Head Micro Torch, Black
TRCH-1002
  • TRCH-1002
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $74.95
  • Gold Club Price: $56.21
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Fire Brick
SOL-485.00
  • SOL-485.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $15.95
  • Gold Club Price: $11.96
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Small Brass Brush
BRS-966.10
  • BRS-966.10
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $10.97
  • Gold Club Price: $8.23
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Steel Bench Block 4x4 Inch - Pack of 1
G17-10
  • G17-10
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $21.95
  • Gold Club Price: $16.46
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Auto Center Punch
PUN-430.00
  • PUN-430.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $8.97
  • Gold Club Price: $6.73
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8 Punch Dapping Set
DAP-708.00
  • DAP-708.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $48.97
  • Gold Club Price: $36.73
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Instructions
Step 1
Using the 600 grit sandpaper, clean the sheet if necessary.
Step 2
Print out the template and using a water-soluble adhesive, attach to the copper sheet and let set. Alternatively, use pre-cut shapes.
Step 3
Load the jewelers saw with a #1 saw blade, drag the blade through the beeswax to lubricate it.
Step 4
While holding the copper piece on the bench pin, begin sawing.
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Step 5
When the piece is completely cut out, remove the template. If necessary, use soap and warm water to remove the adhesive residue and dry well.
Step 6
Using the bench pin for support, smooth the cut edges with the flat file.
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Step 7
Lay the piece/s on the soldering brick and anneal.
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Step 8
Once the pieces are cool, wash them to remove fire scale, then brass brush them.
Step 9
To lightly dome, lay a shape in the third largest depression of the forming block. Using the # 24 dap, tap lightly with the hammer to form a concave shape.
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Step 10
Choose the buttons that you will be stacking on the shape, preferably buttons with two holes.
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Step 11
Transfer the hole layout from one button on to your copper shape making a mark with a permanent marker.
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Step 12
Lay the piece on the steel bench block and make divots at both marks.
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Step 13
Using the punch pliers make holes at each divot.
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Step 14
Cut a 12" piece of bronze wire. Position the round nose pliers approximately 3" from one end and make a two-turn coil.
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Step 15
Thread the tails from front to back going through your chosen stack of buttons and the copper shape.
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Step 16
Bend the tails in opposite directions positioning the shorter tail towards the bottom of the stack.
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Step 17
Use the round nose pliers to make a few coils on the short tail and bend the coils toward to stack to secure.
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Step 18
Bring the longer tail up and around, make a few coils in the wire.
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Step 19
Thread the end of the longer piece through the first coil you made, trim if necessary.
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Step 20
Use the round nose pliers to make a couple of turns in the wire to secure.
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Step 21
String one or three together; or attach some ear wires for a fantastically mis-matched pair of earrings!
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