Czech Button Earrings

Although our customers and friends have shared many amazing projects incorporating Czech buttons in bead weaving and bead embroidery over the years – I discovered a simple way to showcase the beauty of 18mm buttons for simple, elegant and exciting gifts (and of course, you’ll want to make a few pair for yourself)

 

 

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TUTORIAL: CZECH BUTTON EARRINGS

By Cynthia Shanti Moralez

 

Although our customers and friends have shared many amazing projects incorporating Czech buttons in bead weaving and bead embroidery over the years – I discovered a simple way to showcase the beauty of 18mm buttons for simple, elegant and exciting gifts (and of course, you’ll want to make a few pair for yourself).

 

MATERIALS:

 

ASSEMBLING:

  1. For your first pair, start with a pair of 18 mm Czech buttons with wire shanks. *
  2. Prop the bezel of the earring back on a small bead tube or any slightly elevated surface that will allow it sit level on the lever as the glue dries
  3. Remove the shank with your pliers as close to the base as possible without marring the surface.
  4. Place a small amount of glue in the center of the bezel and line up the Czech button pattern with the lever
  5. Gently place the orientated bead in the center of the bezel, causing the glue to spread slightly as you press. The glue should not come to the edges or be visible.
  6. Allow your earring to set undisturbed for a little longer than the recommended time for the glue you have chosen
  7. Repeat for Step 2 for the second earring.
 

*We show the front and back of all our Czech glass buttons on our website and we have many offerings in both the traditional wire shank referenced above and more contemporary, molded glass shanks. 

If you have the right tools and experience working with precision tools, you can remove the glass shanks as I did, but it is not for home experimentation without good tools, experience with those tools and appropriate safety measures including goggles. Before beads and art came into my life I was a dental student and still have some great tools to use. The dental micromotor is very precise, much easier to control than the rotary tools used by jewelry designers and hobbyist. With either tool you will need to find the right size burs for each machine- a 3/32  for a micro motor or  1/8in for a rotary tool.

Many Czech glass buttons have a coating in the back. When you are removing the shank, be careful not to remove that coating on the back surface of the button. If there is a scratch on the back surface, it may be visible on the front of the button.

If there is a lot of metal or glass to cut at high speed, use water to cool down the bit. Have a plastic container with water on it and be sure to submerge only the visible part of the bit to cool it down. Too much heat from your tool can break the glass.

 

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