Introduction: Wire Buttons

With a small section of wire you can make all kinds of buttons. The wire I’m using is 16 gage zinc plated wire. You can pick it up at the hardware store. Since this type of wire would rust in the wash the button would have to be removable. You’d do that by making a tiny button hole where the button would normally be sewed on. A removable clip would hold the button in place. But you could always use wire that doesn’t rust.

Join the button challenge with me.

Step 1: Start Wrapping

Cut a section of wire and form a loop with round nose pliers. Place the loop in vise grips. Hammer the free ends of the wire flat against the jaws of the pliers (see the pictures).

Start wrapping the wire around the center of the loop. Use needle nose pliers to tighten the gaps out from between the wire.

Hammer it flat as needed as you continue to wrap the wire.

Step 2: File the Ends

File the ends of the wire as you desire. If you file the ends down like I did you may want to solder them in place so nothing gets caught on a sharp edge.

Step 3: Polish

Use polishing compound on a polishing wheel to shine the buttons.

Now you can sew on the button or use the hole and clip method like mentioned in the intro.

Comments

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Travpena made it! (author)2011-12-08

What is that strange swirl of death at the end of your drill??

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black hole made it! (author)black hole2011-12-11

Some sort of flap wheel sander.

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dragonflydazd made it! (author)2011-12-08

yeah, a new instructable. these are cool. thanks for sharing. your new website is awesome btw. congrats.

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Mrballeng made it! (author)Mrballeng2011-12-08

Thanks a million.

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nanosec12 made it! (author)2011-12-07

Once again, a nice little instructible.....Have you tried using copper or stainless wire for these, I bet they would come out really nice.

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Mrballeng made it! (author)Mrballeng2011-12-08

Thanks. Never tried it but I bet stainless wire would work great.

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dimdiode made it! (author)2011-12-07

very nicely done, thanks

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cdawisconsin made it! (author)2011-12-07

Impressed =)

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EarningH made it! (author)2011-12-07

Thumbs up!

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Penolopy Bulnick made it! (author)2011-12-07

That looks amazing! I love how tight the work is, so clean and finished!

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