Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Monday, December 5, 2016

Trellis, Earrings made with Antique Button(c.1870-1915's), Violet, Electric Blue Frosty Metallic Czech Glass Beads

I was fortunate enough this week to happen upon a button vendor who was selling a couple of "matching" sets of antique buttons. I bought several and when they arrived went to work right away making several pairs of earrings. To my disappointment some of the paint on a few buttons had worn off to the point of not matching the other button very well. Thankfully my years of mixing paint and dying shoes paid off. I touched up a few of these blah buttons so that they match their mate. I just listed this pair in my shop tonight and hopefully will have about 3 more pairs to list. 

Saturday, December 3, 2016

New Item- Bookmarks!

It's been about 3 years since I have blogged any about my shop. I have had a lot of health issues that have kept me from making much jewelry. I have degenerating discs in my upper back that pinch nerves that lead to my left hand. Some days I cannot grasp very well with my left hand. Sadly my most beloved designs, those that I bead require the use of both hands. However, the book marks don't and are a welcome to my button loving self. It's something I can make that doesn't require a lot of manual dexterity. Today while looking back over my post I was a bit surprised by some of the designs I had forgotten I had made. Hopefully, I can start back to blogging and post at least once a week. I'm now making bookmarks featuring antique buttons!  

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Mother of Pearl Buttons

 I love mother of pearl buttons, they are probably my favorite of all buttons! Unfortunately over time they can loose their sheen if stored with other buttons. The rubbing against other buttons scratches the surface of these beautiful gems. One way to restore the luster is to take a soft cloth and rub the button with olive oil. It not only cleans the button but also polishes and nourishes it.