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Make your own Czech Glass Button Ring and Earrings

Did you know that the ¾” Czech Glass Buttons work great with the Large Circle earrings bezels as well as the Large Circle ring bezels?  I have a huge fascination with the Czech glass buttons. I think they are stunning. Pretty much every last one of them are stunning! This here is one of my personal favorite ways to make simplistic pieces of jewelry with these gorgeous buttons. The design is clean, easy to make, and highlights just the gorgeous button with no distraction.

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I will note that not all ¾” buttons you buy will be exactly the same size down to the mm. They also tend to have different thicknesses/shapes a tiny bit… just enough to affect how the button fits into the bezel. Occasionally you will find a button that is a touch smaller than these bezels, in which case you have a touch of room around the button. This is perfectly okay! The trick is to be sure the button is centered when the epoxy dries, and it will still look great. You may also come across some ¾’ buttons that are a little thicker and just don’t sit quite right into the bezel. In this case, I add a little more epoxy to make a good connection, and make sure it dries centered as it may be sitting a little bit more ‘on top’ of the bezel rather than ‘in’ the bezel. Most often however, the ¾” buttons will fit like a dream right into the bezel.

Pick the buttons you love, the ring and earring finish you prefer, and you’ll have some really quick and beautiful earrings and rings!


Ring Materials:

Earring Materials

Instructions:

  1. Use a your cutters to snip the metal shank off the back of the button. Take a Metal file and file what is left of the metal shank down so that it is flush with the back of the button.

           Note: be gentle with this step. Use hearty cutters, as some of the more dainty jewelry ones may get nicks in them as the metal shanks are a very hard metal. Also, be gentle as the buttons are glass, and it’s totally possible for them to break on you… not common when snipping the shank off, but totally possible. Some of these button come with glass shanks on the back of them. I have used an electric sanding belt to sand the glass shank off the back, but honestly I’ve had a hard time not breaking every other button doing this, so I tend to stick to buttons with metal shanks. I encourage you to try to work with the glass shanked ones if you feel drawn to, perhaps you’d have better luck filing the shank off than me 🙂

  1. Mix your epoxy, use a toothpick (or something similar) to put a little epoxy on both the bezel and the back of the button, and set the button into the bezel.  The amount you use will vary depending on how the button fits into the bezel. if it sits all the way into the bezel, you don’t want to use much as to avoid having epoxy ooze out the sides when you place the button. However, if the button doesn’t sit all the way into the bezel, you’ll want to use a little more to ensure a good connection.

NOTE: You want to let these cure (let the epoxy harden) sitting upright so that the buttons don’t end up wonky! How I do this is I fill the bottom of some kind of small container/tray/box/tupperware with something like rice, or lentils. I set the ring and earrings into the rice or lentils so that the face of the bezel is sitting perfectly in the top with the button sitting perfectly flat.  

Have fun!

Shelly

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