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You can almost see the sparkle and twinkle of fairies flying around these glittery treasures! My newest tutorial combines gleaming rhinestone buttons and silver plated crystals to create delightfully dainty stacking rings. This is a beginner tutorial, so everyone can enjoy making these!
What I love most is the mix of seemingly simple materials (acrylic rhinestone buttons) and glass, Chinese crystal beads (not Swarovski this time) but the totally luxe look you get when stacking a few of these on top of another. Keeping each a different color also adds contrast. I feel that the primary colors in this scheme add a whimsical vibe; if you’re more into a sophisticated look, I say go with neutral color crystals like clear, black, topaz and silver.
These are also great for kids. Since this tutorial is so easy – and definitely kid safe – they can have fun making many of their own!
These only take minutes to whip up, and the list of materials is short and sweet. Should we get started?
Step 1: Gather materials. You need stretch cord (I’m using Cousin Brand .8mm stretch cord), crystal buttons (specifically Pandahall 2-hole crystal acrylic buttons), crystal glass beads (specifically Pandahall silver electroplated faceted 4X3mm beads), wire cutters. Flatnose pliers and crimp tubes are optional – you can choose to either crimp your rings shut, or tie a knot and glue. I just tied knots and glued for this tutorial.
Step 2: Start out with a 5″ piece of stretch cord. Thread on one crystal bead to the cord, then thread each side through the top of the button, catching the bead.
Step 3: Start stringing on beads on the ends of the cord, creating your ring band. It really couldn’t be much easier – just thread on enough beads so that the ring fits on your finger snugly, but not super-tightly.
Step 4: To finish, tie a very tight square knot, cutting off the excess string with your wire cutters and covering the knot in super glue. You could also use your crimp here – I just choose to knot so the band isn’t interrupted by the look of a crimp.
Of course these are kind of addicting, so I made many more – one in each color, of course! Wear them on all your fingers or as midi rings for a more bohemian-type fashion statement. I could also see these crystal rings working well with larger seed beads if you want less of a “shiny” look. But, why wouldn’t you want to flaunt the glitz?! I’ll leave you with more inspo pics to finish. Remember, if you follow this tutorial, post a pic of your project on Instagram and tag me @quietlioncreations. I’ll repost you!