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.