This year, I’ve used a wonderful scrimshaw bat button (say that three times fast!) as a focal. The bat is hand carved with a bit of battitude, don’t you think?
When I purchased the button several years ago at the Bead & Button show, the vendor told me the woman who carved them had passed away. So there wouldn’t be any more, and I was basically getting “a good deal”. I suppose the button has gone up in value over time, though I’ve not done any research to substantiate this.
I had originally thought to make this into a brooch, but didn’t want to mar the back gluing on a pin finding. Instead I kept the button intact by creating a peyote bezel around it. No removing the shank on the back for this beader!
The poor little fellow looked a bit forlorn with only the bezel, so sparkly beaded fringe was added. Last but not least, a way to wear it. So a necklace strap was joined to the bezel.
Various gunmetal, purple, lavendar, grey (you get the idea) beads were auditioned until I was happy with the outcome. It’s amazing how many shades of purple there are! A little chain making (purple jump rings), a lobster clasp and a sugar skull dangle finished everything off.