Sunday, May 20, 2012

And The Winner Is.......

And the winner of these two buttons is



Thank you to all who visited and left me a comment.  I so appreciate you stopping by and encouraging me in my creations.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Button Swap Reveal and Blog Hop Today and Giveaway

Well, today is the day of the long awaited Button Swap Blog Hop.  Back in March I signed up and  within a few weeks I was in possession of the beautiful handmade metal beads you see below.  These were made especially for me, I am told, by the very talented Stacie Florerr.  I have since learned that she is a metal expert and is sharing her skills with students at ArtBliss in September, 2012.

These are the 4 buttons I received.  Aren't they to die for!!

In the course of thinking about what I would make with these buttons, I thought that I would like to use one of them as a button but have it also function as a design element in the jewelry piece.  With this in mind I made a flat peyote stitch double wrap bracelet.  I used size 8 Japanese seed beads in shades of green and for contrast I used a dark bronze Czech seed bead, also a size 8.   The pattern for the darker beads was made up as I went along. Nothing planned.  For the edging and the button hole loop I used size 11 Czech beads, also in a dark bronze.  And here is how it came out.

The button is the clasp but it is also a decorative design element.

Here you can see the whole bracelet and see how the button sets if off.  I think the colors of the seed beads go so well with Stacie's button.

The second idea I had was to use the button only as a bead and not as a button at all.  For this idea I made a wire wrapped bracelet and turned the button into a bead with two wrapped loops.  I learned how to do this from the Wirework emag that came out some months ago.  

In this bracelet I used my handmade ceramic beads.  I wire wrapped them and included some golden mustard colored chain from Miss Ficklemedia and some commercial copper chain from Ornamentea..  The toggle clasp is made from a copper washer that I hammered and drilled holes in.  The toggle bar owes its inspiration to Deryn Mentock's online ecourse The Art lof Closure.  I wire wrapped the bar with 2 of my beads and in the center I strung on a size 8 glass seed bead.  Stacie's button is part of the bead crowd here and is looking quite at home I think.

My Third idea was to use one of the button as a button and only that.  I have not quite completed the bracelet I began as of this writing.  But here is a pic of part of 
 the bracelet and you can see how beautifully the button is with this color combo and texture.

And for the 4th Button,  I decided that I would like to keep it just as it is.  It is so pretty and I am sure in time I will find just the right use for it.

Thank you Stacie for the wonderful buttons.   Thank you  Cindy for hosting this fun swap and exchange.  I have begun making more buttons since all this started.  I thank you for that too.


Everyone who leaves a comment will be entered in the giveaway to receive 2 of my handmade buttons.  One will be ceramic, kind of like the ones I gave Stacie and the other will be made by me from copper.  Stamped and already wire wrapped and ready to use.

I am giving away these two buttons to a lucky winner.  To enter just leave a comment.  Giveaway closes on May 19 at Midnight.  I will announce the winner on Sunday May 20.  Thanks so much for stopping by.

These are my  andmade ceramic buttons that I  gave to Stacie.  I hope you will hop over there and see what she made and then visit all the other wonderful, creative participants.  The list is below.

 Mary Harding and Stacie Florer    you are here
Pam Ferarri and Stefanie Teufel (will share their reveal on a later date)
Stefanie Teufel and Pam Ferarri (will share their reveal on a later date)

Friday, May 11, 2012

Buttons !!! Reveal for the Button Swap on Sunday

Sweet Bead Studio is hosting this wonderful event

I was excited to join in on this blog hop and received the most beautiful buttons from my swap partner Stacie Florer.  Here is a picture of the wonderful handmade buttons she sent me.  I have since learned that Stacie makes wonderful pieces from metal and is teaching in September at Art Bliss.  You can see more of her work on her website

Handmade buttons from Copper, Sterling Silver and Brass by 

I was inspired by this button swap to make these buttons for Stacie.  I have since made even more and some are in my Etsy Shop

Handmade ceramic buttons by Mary Harding (me)
These are the buttons I sent Stacie Florer  for the Button Swap

In addition to trading buttons, we are each going to make a piece, jewelry or otherwise using at least one of the buttons we received.  I have been busy with what I will be showing.  I am excited to see all the wonderful buttons and creations that will be ours for the hopping on Sunday.  Hope to see you there!!

The BeadsofClay Blog is currently posting a nice selection of handmade ceramic beads with links to where you can purchase them.  You can find that post here
Here is a list of the participants who will be revealing their wonderful creations on Sunday May 13

Pam Ferarri and Stefanie Teufel (will share their reveal on a later date)
Stefanie Teufel and Pam Ferarri (will share their reveal on a later date)

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