I love the Internet. At the end of September, Wooly Wormhead posted about a necklace she made of buttons. She had gotten the idea from Craftwerk. I loved it. This week, I made my own.
Fifty buttons in shades of gray, purchased off eBay for around $5 with shipping. A barrel clasp and some black silk thread from Michaels. That was it. It was easy and I love the result.
I would echo Wooly Wormhead's advice not to add too many metal buttons. All of mine are plastic, and the resulting necklace is quite light. I think adding even a few metal buttons would really change the weight. This necklace is delightfully chunky-looking without being chunky-feeling.