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Button Necklace

Button Necklace

Description: The Button Necklace features the use of shank-style buttons for the pendant, clasp, and for decoration.  I wanted to show how buttons can replace beads in Micro-Macrame designs.

Only basic decorative knots are used in this Macrame necklace, so it's a suitable jewelry project for beginners. 

I recommend you use soft cotton cord, 1mm to 2mm thick.  In the example shown I used crochet cotton, which turned out to be a great material.  Bamboo cord and yarn are also good choices.
Supplies Needed:
  • 1mm to 2mm cord material
  • 1 button for pendant
  • 6 buttons for decoration
  • 1 button for clasp
  • Project board, pins, tape
  • Glue that dries clear
Knots Used:

The Pendant

First Button

Step 1:  Cut 2 cords, each 4 yards long. For a Button Necklace over 24 inches, cut the cords longer.  Apply glue to the tips and allow it to dry completely.

Pass one of the cords through the button you will use as the pendant.  Center it so the ends are even.

Add Second Cord

Step 2:  Add the second cord by folding and centering it under the first cord. 

Tie a Square Knot using the new cord.  The cords through the button's shank are the fillers



Button Necklace Design

First Half Hitch

Step 1:  Separate the 4 cords into 2 sets. Mentally label the two cords in one set right and left.

Pass the left cord over - under the right cord, rotating counter-clockwise.  Bring it over the left cord as you pull it to the left.

Second Half Hitch

Step 2:  Now switch cords, and make the next Half Hitch with the right cord onto the left.  Tie the knot in a clockwise direction.

Be sure not to over-tighten the knots.  Just make sure they are close together, and that they don't overlap.

Repeat steps 1 and 2 until the sennit is 1/8 the finished size you wish to make.

So if you are making an 24-inch Button Necklace, each Alternating Half Hitch sennit should be approximately 3 inches long.

This can be changed if you want the chains of knots between each of the buttons to be different lengths. 

Just make sure both halves of the necklace are the same, if you make changes to the spacing.

Add a Button

Step 3: Add the first button by passing the right cord through the shank from right to left.  The left cord should pass through from left to right.

Make sure the button is facing upward when you are through (the same as the pendant). 

Continue Onward

Step 4: Continue onward, tying another Alternating Half Hitch sennit, followed by another button.

First Side Complete

Step 5:  Make one more sennit, add a button, and then make the fourth Alternating Half Hitch design.

The last one can be a bit longer if needed. 

Second Half

Step 6:  Go back to the pendant, and use the other two cords to make the left half of the Button Necklace.

The sennits should be the same size as the first half, so the buttons are placed in the same areas.


Finishing Touches

Overhand Knot

Step 1:  At the very end of the 4th sennit, tie a tight Overhand knot to secure the Half Hitches. 

Do this on both halves of the Button Necklace.

Tie 2 Overhand knots

Step 2: At one end of the necklace, add the last button, for the clasp.  Slide it on the cords as you did all the others (cords enter from different directions).

Tie one Overhand knot with the two ends.  Apply glue to the button itself as well as this knot, then tie a second Overhand knot. 

Start the Clasp

Step 3: Make a loop at the opposite end of the Button Necklace by tying an Overhand Knot.

It should be the same size as the button.

Wrap Ends

Step 4:  Wrap each end around half of the loop, so you end near the last Half Hitch.  

Before moving on to the final step, pass the button through the loop to make sure it still fits.

Design Tip: The key to making a wrapped loop is to hold it steady while you work, and to keep the same tension as you wrap the ends. Otherwise, it will twist.

Last OH knot

Step 5:  When the loop is wrapped and is able to rest flat without twisting, tie a tight Overhand knot with the two ends. 

Apply glue while tightening, so it's on the inside of the knot.

Apply a light coat of glue to the entire clasp and let it dry flat for several hours, before cutting off the extra material. 

This will help the loop to maintain it's shape.

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