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  • Turning Buttons to Rings!

    Don't know if this will be at all possible, but wanted to pick your brains!! I have some lovely buttons that I think would look great as rings. I have managed to cut off the loop at the back of each button so the backs are smooth, and I was going to glue them onto blank rings, what do you all think... do you think it will work! I am worried the glue won't be strong enough to hold them on. Any suggestions would be greatly received. Below are a couple of the buttons I was thinking of using.

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  • #2
    How do you cut the backs off?
    I bought some buttons to attach to cufflinks (I was going to use superglue, but I'll wait to see the replies you get )
    I've also cut the wings off brads and superglued them onto cufflinks before
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    • #3
      I'm loving those buttons. I have super-glued similar to ring blanks and they haven't fallen off yet!!
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      • #4
        We only use E6000 glue for anything to do with jewellery making. Can't recommend it enough.
        Auntynet

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        • #5
          I really have to get some of that stuff!
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          • #6
            I use Pinflair's glue gel, which is like a silicon, but isn't (if that makes sense ) and does a give a good hold on most surfaces.
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            • #7
              Thank you so much for your suggestions, will definitely give it a go.

              Will let you know how I get on.
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              • #8
                luvin those buttons!! How did you cut the loop at the back off without removing a finger????
                Snowf1975

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by SNOWF1975 View Post
                  luvin those buttons!! How did you cut the loop at the back off without removing a finger????

                  Thank you hun! Well I surprised myself actually, I never thought the backs would come off at all, let alone as easily as they did. I took my small pliers and just twisted the loop at the back until it snapped off. The metal was so soft it really was easy, the only problem I now have is that I need to sand/buff the back to make it smooth before I glue it to the ring base.

                  I got really lucky with these buttons, I volunteer three mornings a week at Oxfam and a few months ago a gentleman brought a tonne of stuff in from his mother who had passed away, she hand made all her clothes and I don't think she'd ever thrown any away so we had some gorgeous vintage pieces that sadly had deteriorated over the years yet the buttons were gorgeous, so we cut them all off and sold them in the shop, but not before I'd got first pickings!!
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                  • #10
                    2 part epoxy - sticks everything

                    try www.thistothat.com a swirly recommendation
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                    • #11
                      Oooh it would be worth making a mould of buttons that gorgeous...
                      Then you could make lots of rings using polymer clay or silver clay...
                      you could even make the ring band as part of the button...

                      Or how about using a 2 part Epoxy in the mould
                      (imagine that flower button as a colourful resin ring......)

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by ms_mandy View Post
                        Thank you hun! Well I surprised myself actually, I never thought the backs would come off at all, let alone as easily as they did. I took my small pliers and just twisted the loop at the back until it snapped off. The metal was so soft it really was easy, the only problem I now have is that I need to sand/buff the back to make it smooth before I glue it to the ring base.

                        I got really lucky with these buttons, I volunteer three mornings a week at Oxfam and a few months ago a gentleman brought a tonne of stuff in from his mother who had passed away, she hand made all her clothes and I don't think she'd ever thrown any away so we had some gorgeous vintage pieces that sadly had deteriorated over the years yet the buttons were gorgeous, so we cut them all off and sold them in the shop, but not before I'd got first pickings!!
                        oh how brill to get first dibs on vintage gear !!! Iv never even thought about looking for old buttons in charity shops. Guess where i'll be going this weekend???? ha ha ha
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                        • #13
                          I think GS Hypo Cement is the best glue for jewellery making. E6000 doesn't seem to stick non porous items very well like metals and plastics but this will stick anything together.

                          Other than that you could have tried doing a wire ring and threaded it through the button holes, but since you've cut the shanks off I'd go with the hypo cement

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by auntynet View Post
                            We only use E6000 glue for anything to do with jewellery making. Can't recommend it enough.
                            I only use E6000 now and agree with Auntynet.
                            The reason being it is slightly shock proof and flexible where as superglue is brittle.

                            I have even been unable to separate something I used E6000 on and I really tried hard!

                            I also use GS hypocement on smaller items but only recently so it hasn't proven itself to me just yet.
                            Terry xxx
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                            • #15
                              2 part epoxy here too, I use it for gluing glass and its still holding my car door handle on after my OH pulled it off lol
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