Most of the button necklaces I make are short, choker style pieces, which are made on a wire to hold the buttons flat in place against the neck.
However, over the years I’ve had lots of requests for longer button necklaces. Making longer styles with wire doesn’t really work as the wire gets bent and tangled without a neckline to rest on. So I make long button necklaces using a strong nylon cord. The trouble is, with a normal method of button threading, it’s easy for the buttons to get flipped over when they’re on a long cord, so unless the wearer sits quite still, it’s easy for some of the buttons to end up backwards.
Fortunately, I have devised a Cunning Plan. (Even more fortunately, it does not involve a turnip.)
When I make my longer button necklaces, I make them completely reversible. Small buttons are layered on top of larger buttons on both sides, so that the button cluster looks the same no matter which round it is – simple! In between the button clusters I’ve added beads for a bit of variety, too.
At the moment I have two colour schemes for sale at buttonjewellery.co.uk: bright multicoloured, and ivory.