With the use of a couple of household tools, a couple of buttons and chain, and a little imagination - I made my first pieces of jewelry.
I have browsed the bead stores in my area many times - always feeling a bit overwhelmed by so much merchandise and having no idea where to begin. Each time thinking that this would be the time I buy the right things to make an amazing piece of jewelry - but leaving empty handed each time.
Well, necessity is the mother of invention. I needed a closure for a lace top I'm working on, and didn't love my options: button and buttonhole seemed heavy; frogs...no; toggle...way too heavy; a pin would need to be tiny and dainty...couldn't find one; so I thought that two tiny buttons attached by a short chain could be slipped into the holes of the lace.
I went back to a bead store, but this time just for the basics: some simple silver chain. It was sold in 6" sections and I bought two sizes, just in case. I knew I had some little, dainty buttons at home, but couldn't remember how large the holes were on the back. I searched through the household tool box for wire cutters and needle nosed pliers.
Voila! Here are the two pieces I made. Which do you prefer? Email me or leave a comment here. I'd love to hear from you!