mary jane dodd
button closures are often used with fibers, where you create your loop on one end and secure the button on the other using overhand knots.
sounds simple and is.
but there are things to think about.
consider the fibers or materials you are using -
will they hold up to the wear of passing a button through it over and over?
i tend to use non-metal buttons with fibers,
but feel perfectly comfortable using metals with leather or heavier cotton cording (2mm or so).
i find that wrapping the loop with a finer thread (think embroidery floss weight) adds strength and durability. waxed irish linen thread is particularly durable.
create a loop that is neither too loose nor too tight.
you want your button to pass through relatively easily but without so much play that it will slip out of the loop.
i often use e-6000 adhesive to secure knots.
i will also opt for braiding the section of fibers that serve as my loop. again, adding strength but also compacting the fibers to reduce the risk of catching and fraying.
buttons can add a really beautiful bit of detailing to your work. and the choices are great - vintage, natural materials and handmade abound on etsy.
long necklaces are quite popular, but it is nice to have the option of adjusting them. i wanted to share a video with you that teaches how to make a secure sliding knot by kate drew-wilkinson. i use this knot with leathers and cotton cording as well.
thank you for joining us here at love my art jewelry -
we're looking forward to seeing what you teach us in this boot camp!