Button Kilt Pin

Rummaging through my old broken jewelry box I found a kilt pin that use to have charms dangling from it – but for some strange reason I can’t seem to part with items that may one day be brought back to life! I keep thinking to myself: Try it — it may work.

So here we go…

kilt pin with buttonsI originally thought a simple Kilt Pin would work – but if the metal loops are soldered then it will not work – unless you have tools that can pry them apart!

For my pin I was able to pry the loops apart to slide my beds and charms onto the pin. I simply cut off the loops from my charms where once dangled the charms. I prepared my work space with all my materials that I will need.

Buttons of assorted sizes and finish (La Mode); glass beads; gold filler beads; jewelry findings; head pins; wire cutter; round nose pliers.

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As you can see when I created this project i wasn’t sure what color scheme I wanted to work with – so,  I made my Button Kilt Pin interchangeable!

to create, begin with creating your bead dangler – refer to the photo for placement. Once you’ve created your stack – slide it onto the head pin. To create your loop I created a step by step photo…

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slide your beads onto headpin. Place your head pin stack in between your round nose plier (as shown above).

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bend wire away from you. Re-position your tool so it sits on top of the bent portion of your wire.

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fold over your wire (towards you) and again re-position your tool.  You can also check out many tutorials on You Tube which shows you how to create this.

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with your hand/fingers grab onto wire (or if you wish you can use a flat nose tool) and begin wrapping wire around neck of the loop.  Cut off excess wire.

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here’s a sampling of my combos…

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Here’s a better shot of my pin that I de-constructed…although it has some faults I knew I would be able to cover these with the button charms and beads.

To create a button charm – slide the wire through the button hole and follow the same procedure as I did with the beads. To create the Button “dangler” use jump rings to connect.

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Remember I mentioned that my Button Kilt Pin was interchangeable. Same Button Charms just created new bead charms…

So get creative – RECYCLE your old jewelry that’s just sitting in that box – you never know what you can create!


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