Thursday, October 6, 2011

Button Love

I've been trying to remember the moment when I first realized I was a button hoarder.  I've always had an ample supply of buttons hanging around, but somewhere along the line it got to the point where I had to start doing something with them.  I started sorting them, making jewelry, and selling them by the jar. These little beauties are so small and they fit neatly inside drawers, jars, trays, and bowls. They're never in my way, no one is planning an intervention, and I'm not tripping over them, so maybe I should just call myself a button collector instead.

I'm certainly not an expert, but I am addicted to them....

Celluloid, plastic, wood, and metal.

 Coat buttons.  These make a great base for layered button brooches.

Most of these are vegetable ivory, also known as Tagua nut.

Look at all this color. Fabric buttons are perfect for making bracelets. They're lightweight and stand up to being knocked around.

 I keep these colorful plastic buttons sorted by color.  

These are good for seasonal jewelry.
Metal buttons are also great for bracelets. My favorites are the little cut steel and picture buttons in the top part of the tray. 

 A platter of silver and gold metal.

A few military buttons.

 I love mother of pearl buttons and the way they look displayed in jars.  I keep them separated by size, color, carvings, and shanks.

 Brown, white, and black plastic.  You never know when one of these might come in handy.

 Colored and clear glass buttons.

 Black glass and gold luster in all different shapes and sizes.  

 Rhinestones and carved acrylic.


 Assortment of metal and picture buttons

A little bit of everything.

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