“Coined” Metal Button Jewelry

“Coined” Metal Button Jewelry

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.

Vintage metal buttons to be smashed and flattened into faux coins for DIY coin bracelet jewelry by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Vintage metal buttons galore!

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!

Vintage metal button to be smashed and flattened into faux coins for DIY coin bracelet jewelry by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Button to Coin: Step 1

Vintage metal button to be smashed and flattened into faux coins for DIY coin bracelet jewelry by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Button to Coin: Step 2

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.

Vintage metal button to be smashed and flattened into faux coins for DIY coin bracelet jewelry by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Either Leprechaun coins or pieces of eight!

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).

Vintage metal button to be smashed and flattened into faux coins for DIY coin bracelet jewelry by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Turning my button-coin into a charm…

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.

Vintage metal button smashed and flattened into faux coins for DIY coin bracelet jewelry by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Let the jewelry making begin!

I measured a length of chain that would work well on my wrist, and began attaching the jump rings to the chain.

Vintage metal button smashed and flattened into faux coins for DIY coin bracelet jewelry by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Isn’t it just so…charming?

The Big Reveal!

And then, voilà- a wonderful charm bracelet!! Lightweight and shiny, costing just a few dollars to make!

Vintage metal buttons smashed and flattened into repurposed faux coins for DIY Upcycled coin bracelet jewelry by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

How cool is that!?

Vintage metal buttons smashed and flattened into repurposed faux coins for DIY Upcycled coin bracelet jewelry by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

L.O.V.E.

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!

Craft on!

S


PIN ME!Vintage metal buttons smashed and flattened into repurposed faux coins for DIY Upcycled coin bracelet jewelry by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Comments

  1. This is gorgeous! My dad was on a ship in the Navy and collected coins from all the countries he visited. I now have that collection and have always wanted to do something with them. I wonder if I can recreate this with actual coins, rather than smashed buttons. I love how this turned out!

  2. That is a really creative idea. I like the way it can be done with stuff you already have around the house.

  3. Estamarie Fairchild says:

    Did you remove the shank or just smash that too?!

  4. You are hammering out some great ideas here. Sometimes I get stuck on a particular form, like a bottle cap, but the idea of smashing it flat opens up more options. Nice post – found you on the Makers Link Party. –Lorraine

  5. What a clever idea and so therapeutic too:-) I have a drawer full of these metal buttons. Thanks so much for the inspiration and for sharing at VIParty.

  6. I found this link on the Smart Schoolhouse link up and I love this. I used to have a necklace like this, but it broke. I am looking forward to making one myself, but I don’t hae any of the buttone. Off to Etsy I go!

  7. I just love this new twist on button bracelets! I made them for a few years until arthritis took over but I never thought to smash them first! I think you have a one of a kind, fabulous gift for yourself!

  8. Sharon Welck says:

    This is very creative…great job & thanks for another fun project to try…

  9. What a great way to use all those gold buttons (yes, the ones usually tossed aside in favor of the more “vintagy” looking ones.) Thanks for the inspiration.

  10. Love this idea. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Oh my gosh this is too cool! I have a zillion old metal buttons lying around, I’ll have to try this asap!

  12. Well, you did make it look easy! Thanks for sharing with the Thursday Blog Hop!

  13. Very pretty! Thanks for sharing on my Friday Favorites linkup!

  14. This is absolutely beautiful! Found your post on Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop:) While I am a painter by heart, I do love to play with jewelry!

  15. Wow,..what a cool idea. Love the vintage charm.

  16. I love your coin bracelet, I have all the supplies but cant get back in the mood.

    Thanks for sharing on The Oh My Heartsie Girls WW this week.
    Have a great weekend!
    Karren
    Oh My Heartsie Girls -Host

  17. Those are buttons?! SO COOL! Thanks so much for joining us over at the #HomeMattersParty – be sure to send your blogging friends our way! And we hope to see YOU again next week!

  18. Love this!! I’ve been planning on smashing some of my metal buttons too. I only hope mine turn out as awesome as yours!

  19. That’s a smashing good idea:) I would love to do this with coins I’ve collected from traveling.

  20. I love this. It is so pretty! Thank you for sharing on Show Me Saturday!

  21. Good idea! I would have never thought of this! visiting from Skip to my Lou Monday

  22. Love this bracelet. Great tutorial. Thank you very much for joining in the celebration of #purebloglove, we enjoy having you each week. I hope to see you on Thursday at 8PM, EST through Sunday night. ~Cydnee

  23. gor.geous! Simply love this – I never thought of hammering down metal buttons before. And using an awl to punch a hole – mind. blown! You completely rocked this inspiration!

  24. Just beautiful !!!
    I’ve been hammering down tea light tins for a month now so this would be right up my ally LOL – and would never have thought of this in a million years – pinning !!!
    xox

  25. Great idea!
    Love the bracelet.
    Kathy

  26. Sarah this is just gorgeous! Really different and vintage looking. I wonder if you’d do me the honour of sharing this idea at my very new and shiny blog linky party, Five Star Frugal? We’d love to have you….Mimi xx
    http://atrayofbliss.blogspot.com.au/2015/02/five-star-frugal-6.html

  27. This is so beautiful! I love it! Thanks for sharing at Totally Terrific Tuesday!

  28. Oh my gosh I LOVE this! I can use this method for my belly dance and renaissance faire costumes!! Pinning to share, I’m serious – I love this so much I can hardly stand it!

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Hollie!! That’s a GREAT idea- I’d love to see the jingle belts and such that you make with the buttons. Please send me pictures!!

  29. balmtomysoul says:

    Sadie, these are beautiful! I can’t believe they are smashed buttons. What a perfect and unique gift for someone special!

  30. Oh I like your coin button bracelet.
    I will try to make me one however I am not good at closing the O ring once attached to any bracelet, seems like I loose charms?
    I have lots metal buttons so like I said i’m trying this

    you just can’t beat a charm bracelet

    Janice

  31. Hi Sarah…thankyou for sharing your cleverness at Five Star Frugal this week. This was one of my favourite projects for the week! I look forward to more of your gorgeous work….Mimi xxx

  32. Sharon | Her Organized Chaos says:

    I love this so much. It is very pretty and vintage looking. Great tutorial. Sharing! Thanks for sharing at Totally Terrific Tuesday last week! Can’t wait to see what you have been working on this week!

  33. Beautiful bracelet!

  34. Love this necklace. It is stunning. Pinned it. Love the name “Sadie” We have a beautiful yellow lab puppy with green eyes. Sadie means “beautiful” and “princess” It seemed to just fit her so that is her name 🙂

  35. Great idea! I have tons of buttons I could use 🙂

  36. Jann Olson says:

    Love this idea! I have quite a few of these type of buttons. Can’t wait to have fun smashing them! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

  37. diane in texas says:

    ooooooooooooooh myyyyyyyy gosh. thank you so much for this tutorial….I gotta get me an anvil ASAP!!!!!

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Hahaha! Do you have a Northern Tool in your town? That’s where I got my cutesy little anvil.

      • diane in texas says:

        I’m so excited….I went out yesterday for all of my supplies (I used to collect buttons…I have enough for 60 bracelets!). had to order an anvil from home depot (2 weeks!), but in the meantime, I ordered a jewelers block from amazon that should be here by end of week….hopefully that will work for me.
        I could be smashing buttons for days. 🙂
        question: there are lots of different kinds of shanks on the back — did you smash any and all kinds? maybe it’s all softer than I suspect.

        • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

          Woohoo!! And yes, you won’t believe how soft that metal is, so the shank will flatten out no problem. I do recommend wrapping the button in soft fabric- like an old undershirt- just to keep it from scratching.

          Have fun smashing!!

  38. Love this idea. I had to find a collective way to pin this to my Pinterest board so I ended up collaging some of your pictures…..thought I’d share how that turned out. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/114067803039843909/

  39. Hi there, I just recently came across the smashed button jewelry idea. It’s such a great idea!
    One word of caution, though– I think some of the vintage silver ones are actually made of pewter and therefore contains lead. Smashing them may create some amount of lead dust, which is hazardous to your health, so it’s probably a good idea to wipe the work area clean and also wipe the smashed silver buttons to remove the dust, just to be safe. Just my 2 cents…

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