The idea came from Craftstylish's Woven Button Coaster project. I don't have much use for coasters, but I saw that the pattern could be adapted easily to make an awesome bracelet, using shirt buttons from Mr. Beadgirl's worn-out dress shirts.
The first step was to weave together a row of buttons long enough to go around my wrist:
I made two more (odd is better than even) and wove them together:
But the result was plainer than I expected, and the bracelet cried for some embellishment:
Sewing on the extra buttons had the added value of stabilizing the bracelet, because the buttons tended to shift three-dimensionally (by which I mean they tended to overlap each other rather than staying on the same plane).
For the clasp I sewed a shank button on one end, and made a seed-bead loop on the other: