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Sour Razzleberry


IMG_2937Shades of lime, pink and purple.  Toss in some magenta and blue, and another confection is born!

These are part of the same group of buttons as Sour Blueberry and Sweet Hearts.  The last of them too.  This will probably also be the last button bracelet for a while.  I feel I’ve gotten them out of my system.  At least for now.

Loops and loops of seed beads in blue.  Silver-lined magenta with blue drops and, of course, the buttons.  A dark lobster claw clasp hooking into some purple rings.  Good enough to eat!


Sour Blueberry


IMG_2934Sweet Tarts, Candy Hearts

Does anyone know if Jolly Rancher makes candy these colors?  If not, they certainly should!  More non-edible goodness from the button bin.

These are the companion buttons to the red and yellow ones.  I just couldn’t let them sit forlorn, awaiting some gruesome fate on children’s clothing.  They deserve better than that.

Assembly was the same as the previous bracelet.  I changed up the baby drops for some lovely aqua-colored lentil beads.  Blue jump rings added as a clasp extension.  Fun.  Swishy.  Even Swashbuckling, perhaps.

Sweet Hearts


IMG_2930Good Enough to Eat!

Don’t these bracelets look good enough to eat?  Little candy hearts in bright, clear colors strung together with baby fringe.  Orange, Orange!  Luscious Lemon!  Chewable Cherry! Better than bubble gum because there are no calories!*

Alas, they are not edible.  They are buttons.  Regular, every day, sew on your clothes buttons.  They don’t even have the audacity to call themselves antique, which to my mind is what makes them so much fun.  This is jewelry you can play in.  That you don’t have to worry about.  Nothing hoity-toity going on here!

The base of the bracelet is a series of string beads.  The buttons and drop beads are then sewn on as fringe, giving a very nice movement to everything.  I finally got smart and added some extra jump rings at the end (colored jump rings, to go with the buttons) which makes these bracelets more adjustable.

This adjustability was suggested by a friend whose wrists are a bit more sturdy than mine (I’ve been accused of having bird bones).  Definitely a good idea.




IMG_2449Simply, Mauve-a-lous, dahling

I’ve been trying to expand my beady horizons by working in color ways that don’t usually appeal to me.  I am very much a purple, lime, teal sort of person.  This necklace is definitely not.

Even so, I found it a wonderful experience.  First I acquired the mauve/grey beads that make up the necklace band, then the opalescent crystals, and finally the focals.

Now, about those paisley focals:  they are antique Czech buttons.  They have a shank on the back, so it took a bit of thinking to figure out how to incorporate them into jewelry and still maintain the integrity and collectability of the buttons.  Beading books will generally say to remove the shank with pliers, but I didn’t want to do that.  It would have destroyed the button’s value.

Antique French mauve luster seed beads are also in this necklace.  You can see them at the end of the neck strap, by the clasp.  Pairing them with collectable buttons seemed like the right thing to do; keeping the antiques together, if you will.

While it’s not exactly the appropriate period, can’t you just envision the Dowager Duchess from Downton Abbey wearing this as she kicks up her heels when no one is looking?  Dahling!

Roberta Rudbeckia


A Gardening Diva told me that the black-centered flowers are called Rudbeckia.  So, I now present to you: Roberta Rudbeckia.  This necklace uses the last of the antique buttons converted into flowers.  There are also some old, though probably not antique resin buttons as accents.  I used the same color theme, but with slightly different components.

The black and grey accents help the yellow to pop, but not become overpowering.  I also used some small flat rectangle beads in an lovely creme to smooth the transition between flowers and necklace band.  Not bad, if I do say so myself.  Even though all the beads, and the buttons are glass, the necklace is not heavy, which is another nice feature.

I’m not at all sure what will happen with this necklace.  I doubt that I will keep it, so I hope it goes to a good home.  Maybe someone who collects buttons, and appreciates that No Buttons Were Harmed in the making of this necklace.

Black-Eyed Susan Buttons


This necklace took forevah to complete…and I have no idea why.  Once I finished the button flowers there was only stringing the components to be done.  But oh, there were a myriad of auditions, as I posted about in The Process a couple of weeks back.

Still, I am declaring it completed, except for adding a clap.  Something simple like a gunmetal lobster claw, to keep with the black and yellow theme.

So, the question remains:

  • Is this a Black-Eye Susan necklace?
  • A Bumble Bee Necklace?
  • A Taxi Cab Necklace?
  • Necklace, plain and simple?

I do like the oblong button as a focal in the center, it tones down the busyness of the button flowers.

Button Audition


I am flummoxed.  Indecisive.  Uncertain.

So, rather than make no decision, or spend time second guessing myself for days, I’m holding a button audition.  That’s right, your assistance in absolutely necessary!

This is the shirt, as much as you get to see of it.  The buttons go on the checkerboard.  The accent is the red in the corner.

Which buttons should I use?

  • Matte Red
  • White Shell (antique)
  • Grey Shell (antique)
  • White shirting
  • Red Sparkle

I need your help folks!  Consider this a plea unto the Internet.  Which buttons should I use? Don’t be shy.  Leave a comment.  Let me know, because truly, I don’t know which way to turn, and I want this #(*&%&#! shirt finished!