June 8, 2010

Ten Days of Giveaways: Day Seven: Buttons Old and New

Welcome to day seven of the ten days of giveaways!  Today I have buttons!  Lots of buttons!  There was a while where I was making a lot of buttons and trying out the knitting and quilting markets.  I just don't have the passion for it as much as I do for beads, so I moved on after giving it a try.  These are about the last of the buttons I had made, shown above.  Also, below, are some of my collection of glass buttons, many of which are vintage.  I have never really found a way to use them in my jewelry as they are.  I molded many of them and made charms for many years, but moved on from that as well.  I think its time for me to start letting go of them as well.  So today's prize is all the buttons you see in this post!
 To win today's prize, leave a comment on the Earthenwood Studio Chronicles blog with an answer to the following question:

Do you use buttons in your beadwork or other crafts?  How do you use them?

One winner will be chosen at random from all the comments. Comments are screened and will be posted June 15th.  All winners will be chosen and posted to the blog on June 15th, so be sure to check back then. You must respond to the June 15th winner post and follow the directions to claim your prize within one week of the posting.  After a week, I reserve the right to choose another winner.  Good luck and thanks for commenting!


 
Melanie is an artist, blogger, writer, and ceramic beadmaker at Earthenwood Studio. Her beads and components can be found at her Etsy shop and her jewelry can be found in her Etsy Galleria. To comment on this post, visit the original post at the Earthenwood Studio Chronicles Blog.

44 comments:

  1. Wow, Melanie, That's quite a collection of buttons. :) I use buttons as closures on jewelry. (necklaces and bracelets) I have a whole series of black wool felted neck cords that I made to hold larger focal pieces and buttons work beautifully for those. I also use them in the mixed media work that I've been doing lately. As a closure on an altered book, for example, or as an accent in a collage.

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  2. Ah, I'm always such a sucker for your buttons! I love using them as clasps on bracelets and even necklaces. However, my favorite was stacking one of your large buttons with one of your cabs on top and then putting everything in a metal clay bezel - I still really like that piece...

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  3. I use buttons sometimes in bead embroider and lots in Crazy Quilt.

    I sure hope I am going to be able to get some of you Route 66 buttons.

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  4. I have made a cute charm braclet with brightly colored buttons from one of my toddlers baby top, the top was stained and the buttons were too cute to throw away I also take mould of antique buttons and use pmc to make necklaces.

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  5. I use them as clasps with seed beed loops, and also for cocktail rings. Very fun!

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  6. I have used lot of buttons in the past,on hats, srtung as necklaces & bracelets,& on barrettes. I even made porcelain buttons when I was in college. I've started thinking about going back to some of my buttons& using them in my jewelry.

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  7. I use buttons as fasteners in jewelry. I have also used them to decorate various Christmas crafts - stockings, tree skirts, etc. My mother is a sewer and has accumulated a large stock of fancy buttons over the years - I have been lucky enough to receive some of her stash.

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  8. I like the idea of using them, but like you, I haven't found uses for many. Other than sewing clothing, and I hate making buttonholes so I try to avoid it. I have knitted a tarot cosy, and, since I didn't have a cool button that would work, used a bead for closing. I do intend to make more of them, and buttons would work for that.

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  9. I like using buttons as clasps. But I can always look to Miss Lorelei for clever ways to use buttons in jewelry. Thanks for sharing! Enjoy the day! Erin

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  10. I love this give away! I love using buttons for clasps and want to try my hand at making a button bracelet, I found a button jewelery making book in the bargin section at Boarders last week, it has some really nice ideas in it....and it was only 1.99! 20.00 off the regular price!!

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  11. I have not used a lot of buttons so far, mostly I have used the ones with the loop on the back and used them as charms. I do want to try using a button as a clasp, it looks so neat when Lorelei does it and she did do the tutorial so I am guessing that is her way of saying give it a try!

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  12. fab giveaway! Hope you don't mind I gave it a shout out on my blog today & borrowed one of the button photos to go with it

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  13. I do mosaics and buttons are awesome tesserae!

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  14. The only time I've used buttons was to make a charm bracelet using vintage buttons I'd sourced from thrift shops the type with the shank. I think they are a little challenging to use in jewelry but with your beautiful ceramic ones I'm sure it's a challenge I could rise to.

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  15. As I do a lot of bead embroidery I use quite a lot of buttons in my pieces. I bead around them as I would with a cabochon and I also use them as clasps.

    My favourites are ceramic/clay button as well as vintage czech glass ones.

    Karyn

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  16. I have thought about using buttons as closures on my handbound journals, but haven't really explored it much yet.

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  17. Button, button, who's got the button...As a kid we played with the buttons from my Aunt's button jar for hours. What I'd give for those now!

    I used buttons in my free from peyote bracelets for clasps and for patterns or molds for clays....

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  18. I've always loved buttons. When I was young my mother had a bracelet made with gold buttons. I loved fiddling with it during church.

    As for using them in my jewelry, I have not done so in the past, but just recently purchased some and can't wait to try them as part of a clasp.

    Alice
    thepetersons13@mchsi.com

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  19. The buttons are just getting better. I don't use buttons in my beadwork but I do use them in my quilting. Mostly I just like to look at them and play with them!!!

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  20. I use buttons all the time . Sometimes I use them on my fabric cuffs and bead around them. Or I'll use them as links on a necklace .

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  21. I luv buttons. I have used as clasps, focal points on necklaces and braclets. I even have used as connectors.

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  22. I actually do not use buttons in my crafts. Not yet, been itching to buy antique glass shank buttons but financially restrained. Time will tell.

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  23. melanie,

    i love them, oh my gosh they're gorgeous..if i win i already know what i will do with them.
    the reds you made will be part of a pin brooch
    i have been thinking about making but,just wasn't sure what to use. the vintage ones,the frog will be part of a necklace for my daughter who just happens to collect frogs.
    i have ideas for the rest also..but onto the question at hand,yes i use buttons in my work at times.it depends on the project as well as, the button. i have used them for jewelry,decor on towels,a jewelry box,just to name a few. thank you for the chance to win.lol!
    barbara hopkins at
    nanniespiperdayle@yahoo.com

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  24. Oh, I love buttons! I've hoarded quite a few of them, but I still have yet to use them in my jewelry... it always feels like I never have the right beads to turn them into something appropriately amazing. I always imagine using them as focals, or as focal/clasp combinations - that's generally a popular way to do it.

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  25. I do use buttons - mostly as part or cup for wired rings. Love them. regards Stefanie

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  26. I am drawn to interesting buttons,thinking I will use them on something,someday! When I do use them it is usually on collage pieces.I remove the shank,if possible ,and glue it to my piece.If I can't remove the shank,I use lots of hot glue,in a pile ! I use flat buttons in my card making ,too. I like the way little, mother of pearl buttons look on a vintage inspired card . Love that frog!

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  27. I love buttons! I've used them as clasps for bracelets, as decorative elements in necklaces, and I also embellish quilt squares with buttons, too! Your buttons are so unique, they'd certainly stand out.

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  28. Your buttons are just gorgeous. I love them. Thanks to Artsnark for sending me over here. And now I'm off to visit your Etsy shop!

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  29. Wow what a beautiful collection and so generous. I do use buttons for my salvaged vintage lace wrist cuffs. I just started using them and I am enjoying it immensely! thank you for such a lovely give away. I found your blog through Artsnark.

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  30. I have thought about using them as clasps or focals but I haven't found the right buttons yet!

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  31. Yep...I do use buttons...since I stitch a lot I love how a button looks as the clasp.
    Bead Happy!
    Michelle

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  32. I use buttons in my jewellery, but want to make a picture as well to use them wouldnt that be so lovely.

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  33. I do use buttons in jewelry, but sparingly, a clasp here or there, never as a focal (unless it is such an unusual button that nobody would ever think it is one). But maybe I should try...
    I also have a collection of vintage buttons I use to make molds for little charms and connectors. I think that froggie you have there is really cute!

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  34. I am just learning to work with buttons. I usually use them as connectors. I love trying new things for me.

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  35. I love using buttons. I've used them on art quilts as embellishments, on jewelry as charms, on stuffed animals as eyes, etc...

    Your buttons are beautiful!!

    Katina
    kjkoukla(at )hotmail (dt) com

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  36. I use buttons all the time.......mostly on cards and scrapbook pages, bookmarkers, but with the right buttons, they can be great bracelets or earrings! :)

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  37. Hi, Melanie - Yes I use buttons, both in jewelry design, as well as other mixed-media art. A couple of the most common ways I use them are as part of a clasp/closure for jewelry pieces and as "eyes" on faces of dolls, pendants, etc.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  38. purplejaimie@gmail.comThursday, June 10, 2010

    I thought I left a comment yesterday,but don't see it.I love to collect buttons,but hardly get around to using them.I will cut the shank off and glue them to small collage pieces,or if I can't get the shank off, I use a small pile of hot glue.Flat buttons I do use on cards .I love your frog!

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  39. I make them. But so far don't use them much. I made a bracelet with some buttons. I sold some to a lady who makes button necklaces. I just don't know how to use them well.

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  40. here is my story on buttons....i took a class with the michigan guild to learn how to make jewelry with wendy witchner. oh my, does that girl know how to use buttons! you put a wire thru the shank and add a coil to the wire...wrap it around the button and soon you have pendants or earrings that are truly works of art. you can use the extended wire to make the earwires. and once you learn how to coil with a drill...you can become a "coiling factory" and impress the world. it is amazing. so from there was on a mission to find the vintage buttons at great prices on ebay or etsy. these are truely works of art within themselves. right now i am making button bracelets connected with seed beads. they are fun to make and unique. i have bought czech buttons (glass)on ebay and love them. i live for buttons. i believe that i will live ten years longer than i would have without buttons. i don't want to miss a button. it sounds crazy but it is true.

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  41. I love buttons! I am starting to make dresses and art quilts and I would give your buttons a good home:)

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  42. Oh my, I'm practically drooling over these buttons. In my own work, I use them as closures (my favorite for necklaces) and as cabochons. I've also used them as decorative elements on quilts.

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  43. Oh yes, yes, sure do use buttons on both necklaces ( long or short) & book in book marks.Actually, each time I make a red button necklace, someone comments on it & I give it away!!!! So I still don't have one for myself. For long necklaces, i thread (shankless) buttons onto cotton thread. For shorter , I use wire & buttons with shanks.

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  44. I haven't tried buttons in my work yet, but I would love to try to make metal casting from yours.

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