How to Make a Brooch Into a Cufflink

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Repurpose a coin-sized brooch into a cuff link fixture.

Though most cuff links are button-sized, you can fashion a larger piece of jewelry into a cuff link fixture. Small brooches can morph into wrist accessories once you attach the links that secure the two broad components of the item. Match a brooch and small button for each cuff link so that half of the fixture is small enough to insert through the cuff button holes. Regardless of the brooches' aesthetic qualities, your creation is sure to be one-of-a-kind.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 brooches
  • 2 pieces of jewelry wire, 6 inches long
  • Wire cutters
  • 3 jewelry jump rings, 6mm
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • 2 small, loop-back buttons
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      Fasten the pin on the back of each brooch.

    • 2

      Hold the brooch so that the clasp and pin appear to make a T-shape, with the pin as the vertical part of the shape.

    • 3

      Place a 6-inch piece of jewelry wire against the pin clasp. Hold the wire at an angle so that the top end is to the immediate left of the clasp, then runs right, under the pin in a diagonal line.

    • 4

      Wrap the wire around the pin and clasp in a figure-eight pattern. Trim excess wire with wire cutters. Wrapping the clasp ensures that the brooch remains closed, even if the fastener slips open. Repeat the process on the other brooch.

    • 5

      Open two jewelry jump rings with a pair of needle-nose pliers. Pull the ends of a jump ring apart sideways, not directly back. Pulling back could break the rings in half.

    • 6

      Slip one open ring around the brooch pin. Slip the other open ring onto the loop of a small, looped-back button.

    • 7

      Slip both open jump rings through the third ring, which should still be closed.

    • 8

      Close the open jump rings with the pliers. All five pieces of each cuff link should be linked in this order: button, ring, ring, ring, brooch.

    • 9

      Fasten the cuff link onto a shirt by inserting the button through both button holes on the cuff.

Tips & Warnings

  • Choose a brooch that is quarter-sized or smaller preferably.

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