Thought I would share a little tutorial for anyone who is interested in making some cool cocktail rings with vintage buttons, or any buttons lying around. I teach fashion, film and craft workshops and making these rings are really fun and I count even tell you how many I have sold online, at markets and vintage fairs…people love them!
Strong glue (Araldite is v.good but stinky)
Button (jewellery pieces work well also)
Drill with file attachment
1. Pick a button, any button but one that will preferably sit comfortably on your ring base. Ring bases come in different sizes for adults and kids; antique style and silver. I normally pick nickel free ones and they are cheaper on ebay than in a craft store.
2. If your ring has a shank, remove the back with a shank remover. If it is a soft plastic button, this should be easy; metal buttons are much difficult and you will probably need to wear goggles just in case. They do seem to fly at your face these unwanted pieces.
3. Once shank is removed, smooth down the back edge with the drill and file attachment. You want to keep the back of the button level. Once done, get your ring base and file a few cross hatch lines on the base with the file; this is just to hold it all together better.
4. Get your gorgeous button and ring base and mix up the glue if the instructions require you to do so. Place glue on ring base and place button on top. Position the button in place and leave to dry. It should be secure in around an hour, but I always leave mine over night to be perfect in the morning.
5. Et voila….a gorgeous cocktail ring!
Any questions please feel free to ask! xoxo