When I was a little girl, I loved looking through my mother’s jewelry box. In fact, I still enjoy doing that whenever I visit! I clearly remember one of my favorite pieces of hers- it was a bracelet made of layered old coins, sandwiched between two chains. I had also been a quasi-coin collector as a kid, so the bracelet really struck my fancy.
As I reminisced about my mom’s old bracelet, I stumbled across an artisan who has created a gorgeous line of jewelry using smashed metal buttons…which, ironically, resemble old coins! So I give her all the credit for this amazing DIY idea- an idea I instantly fell in love with.
Smashed. Vintage. Metal. Buttons.
Who would have thunk it? It’s GENIUS. And silly me, I’ve always passed up vintage metal buttons in favor of pretty plastic and glass ones. Well, not anymore…This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.
From Button to Coin
So I gathered the ones I had and supplemented with some inexpensive vintage buttons from various Etsy shops.
I already had an anvil which I had used to flatten spoons for my cameo spoon pendants. And let me tell you- smashing metal buttons is childishly fun! They start out as little metal air pillows, and end up looking like antique coins!
After flattening a handful of buttons (a regular claw hammer works best on the anvil; and a t-shirt rag draped over the button can prevent scratching), I also realized how much they look like pirate treasure!! I would have LOVED having these for my backyard adventures when I was a little girl.
Anyway, once my buttons were “coined”, I used a simple awl to poke holes in the coins (placing the button coins on a chunk of 2″ X 4″ first).
After the holes were poked through, I gently hammered the back of each hole to flatten the sharp metal bits. Then, I threaded jump rings through the holes.
I measured a length of chain that would work well on my wrist, and began attaching the jump rings to the chain.
The Big Reveal!
And then, voilà- a wonderful charm bracelet!! Lightweight and shiny, costing just a few dollars to make!
I really do love it- and I have plenty of buttons left to make a necklace…or several necklaces! Excuse me while I head back into my garage- my anvil awaits!