May 10, 2011

Buttons to Baubles

I've always enjoyed making jewelry-- something I started back in my 4-H days of Clothing project. Which lead to Fashion design- which meant accessorizing was part of the Project! Wow- I loved it!
I started buying a couple of things here and there- and now y-e-a-r-s later....I'm still beading and binding in whatever way I can. The best part- my love of accessorizing and creating is showing in my daughter.
Well- the new rage is mixed media in jewelry making. I haven't totally been able to do all the things I want- I've bought and found many little pieces to make some really cool mixed media accessories. I will get around to them at some point.
A few years ago I saw a great idea in either Country Home or Country Living- forgive me for not remembering....but it was for a shank button bracelet. I had ALOT of old vintage shank buttons. So- off I went making the coolest 'charm' bracelet I've ever owned!


Then a few weeks ago when we were visiting with Lisa @ The Garden Cat I commented on this sweet necklace she was wearing. 'Oh they are old shank buttons- isn't it neat!' Why Yes- It's wonderful I said!!! So......when I was set up at Marnie's Coughran Hall show she had this sweet pack of vintage shank buttons on cool button cards. I picked them up quickly-knowing exactly what I would be doing with them! I've had this silver chain for sometime and thought it would work great.

So- Here is what I did- I think it's sweet and can't wait to wear it! I think I will pair it with my button charm bracelet! Hope if you have some of these laying around you can put them to use as jewelry- unless you have plans for sewing them on something!





  1. CUTE! Great bracelet & necklace! I love buttons! My grandma always had a jar of buttons in her room that I played with & dug through every time I would visit! :)

    I saw a cake show last night where they used old buttons belonging to the bride's grandma and stamped them into fondant to use on the wedding cake! It was awesome!

  2. Love this idea and I love the bracelet too!! I know it looks fabulous on you!!

  3. Love these. What a fun way to use the old buttons.

  4. Your necklace and bracelet are wonderful!!!


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