Thursday, March 19, 2009

Button Jewelry Inspirations and Tutorials

By on Thursday, March 19, 2009 6 Comments

I've featured button jewelry before where artisans applied different techniques to transform pretty buttons into jewelry. Here are some more inspirational work using both holed buttons as well as shank ones. Two of these feature designers below took the time to write the tutorials to share with you how they made their great button jewelry designs.

1. Anitra Cameron from Portland, Oregon is the creative genius behind the Coffee Pot People on Etsy. She really does make the most whimsical characters from old coffee pots which show her sense of humor. This little character on the left is my favourite, one she calls "Edith, Former Madame."

She says she comes from a rampantly creative family and she amply demonstrates this herself as she also creates jewelry. She wrote in her blog, the tutorial on how she cleverly uses shank buttons to make earrings. You can see the construction process with the green earrings below.

She then followed that up with two more tutorials. The second one builds on the first. The third one shows more inspirational button earring designs as well as carrying on the process to form a bracelet.






2. Susan Beal who contributes to CraftStylish.com wrote her tutorial showing how to link buttons in three different ways. Here is one of them :



3. Zoé Cotlenko's mother of pearl and brass necklace was created for the Victoria and Albert Museum's shop in London. The multi-strand necklace's rainbow two-holed buttons make this a bright and fun design which really inspires. The necklace retails for £110.00 or US$138!



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6 comments:

  1. Guess I need to drag out my Mother's button jar. Got some different buttons in there.
    Love to see new ideas like this.

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  2. I love buttons, ever since I was a kid and would drag out my mom's button bag. What fun ideas!

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  3. Hi there! I LOVE the button jewelry! I enjoy working with buttons too and sometimes get caught up for hours in the button aisle at Joann, etc. By the way, thanks so much for the post about the sparkly jump drives, I ordered the one with the silver band and gold rectangle :) and can't wait till it gets here!!

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  4. Bette Jo and Bev - you are so right. It's the older buttons we find so pretty. Although as Lisa found, it's worth spending time looking for pretty modern ones too.

    Lisa, you aren't the only one who's after those sparkly jump drives!

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  5. I have very fond memories of running my fingers through my Grandma's button jars. Buttons are so much fun, and I'm loving the fact that they're showing up in jewelry everywhere!

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  6. Wow. Thank you so much for featuring my jewelry, and Edith, too! (She's quite the character, and has "history", if you know what I mean.) I'm totally thrilled, and can't wait to get over to Twitter and facebook and point everyone to your blog!

    Smiles and hugs,
    Anitra

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