People have created buttons from deer antlers for centuries, so what I'm about to show you is not unusual. I like to use natural (antler and rock) buttons in my knitting and jewelry. Creating antler buttons is not a complex process, but it does take time. The finished product provides a rustic touch to any creation.
80- and 120-grit sandpaper
Band saw or coping saw
1/32-inch drill bit
- Put on your eye protection.
- Using the band saw (outside), slice a cross-section of antler. Try to make the cut as clean as possible.
- Sand the face of the button and round the edges, first with 80-grit sandpaper, and then with 120-grit sandpaper. Note: it is easier to sand the button face while it is part of the antler.
- Make a second cross-section cut to remove the button from the antler, approximately 1/8 inch.
- Hold the button with pliers as you drill two holes with the drill.
- Again, hold the button with pliers as you sand the other side of the button.