This button necklace, made from paua shell buttons, is one of our classic Bunyip jewellery designs that had stood the test of time over the many years that we’ve been trading. Fancy giving one a go? Here’s a quick tutorial to get you going!
You will need: 1.5m of thin cotton cord, 2 x fold thread ends, 1 x clasp, flat nose pliers, array of paua shell buttons. (We use 1 x 27mm, 2 x 20mm, 2 x 16mm and 2 x 14mm.)
Firstly, cut your thread in 2 equal lengths. Using your biggest button, thread one piece of the cotton down through the first hole. Using the second piece of thread, thread this up the second hole, aligning the button in the middle of the two bits of thread.
If you’re doing it right, the threads should cross on the back of the button!
Next, tie a knot nice and close to either side of the button, holding it in place. Just an overhand knot will do – nothing fancy!
Here’s the trick to getting your buttons to all face the same way: where you’ve tied the knot, you’ll notice that one thread is sitting ‘on top’ of the other. Use this as your first thread on your next button, making sure you thread down the first hole with it. Then, thread up the second hole with the other thread.
Now tie a knot on the other side of your second button, and repeat on the other side of your middle button.
Repeat with your other buttons, decreasing the size gradually from the centre outwards.
Once all your buttons are knotted on beautifully, hold the necklace up around your neck and measure how long you’d like it to be. We generally make ours between 16″ and 18″ – cut yours to the right length, and use your flat nose pliers to squash one of the fold thread ends on to each side.
Once that’s done, hook your clasp on. And that’s it! Time to make one in every colour before Christmas.