Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Grandma's Button Box Necklace

     There are so many things one can do with buttons! It wasn't until a year and a half ago that I realized there was a vast world of button collectors out there. Mind you, they are not as flashy as Star Wars fans (think San Diego Comic-Con). Nor, as boisterous as the Shriners in a 4th of July parade. They are knowledgeable and passionate about buttons.
     Many vintage buttons are prized by collectors and can be worth hundreds of dollars.There are also fun and funky buttons that one can find in antique stores or in grandma's button box.  I've found some beautiful ones in my mother in-laws button box that have been used as clasps for necklaces and bracelets.  Lisa often gives me buttons to use as focal points in designs. Here is a necklace that I made for her. She and her husband, John, own Bohemian Beads & Buttons. You will find out more about them in upcoming posts.

     I used the patttern in the buttons as a starting point.  Para-wire in vintage bronze shaped into spirals, double spirals, and triangles help to unify the three differently patterned buttons.  Silver washers from the local hardware store as well as silver findings give it a little contrast. Czech beads, Labrodite gem stones and pearls soften the geometric lines.
    A fun and funky way to use those buttons that are just sitting in a box! Happy beading!

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