Friday, April 24, 2020

100 Day Projects - Buttons!

Louise, who lives in the UK and makes many beautiful things, is doing her 100 Day Project this year by making her own buttons!  You can check out all the lovely buttons she's posting on her Instagram account, like this one:

Louise is a true Button Floozie; you should see the 3 tiered black button she posted today!

Find the daily button posts on Instagram by searching for: louise_at_elsiemayandbertha or by clicking here.

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Saturday, November 16, 2019

Buttons for the Holidays

I was out at the vintage Christmas markets yesterday and noticed lots of buttons used as decor.  Here’s one example.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Those button grab bags at thrift shops

At thrift shops near me, those button grab bags have become very expensive!  (Don't even get me started on the prices for a variety of really common buttons at an antique store sometimes...)
But if they're cheap I grab them up for the thrill of the hunt.  This time, I lucked out when I found all these pretty glass buttons amongst the extra button envelopes in one of the bags.  Especially those little deer!

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Creative Button Storage

I found these deep, divided drawers at the Habitat for Humanity thrift shop.  They were used to store contact lenses originally.  I think they will make great button storage!
My adult son was with me when I bought them.  He said, what are you going to do with those?  I looked at him and said, well, can you think of anything small and round like a contact lens that I have a lot of?  And he just got a knowing look on his face.  He LOVES  to tease me about my button collecting!

If you know me well enough, you know I can't leave them as is, though.  I think I'll decoupage pretty paper on the outsides...
and then spray paint the insides of the drawers.  I think that especially larger buttons will store nicely in here.
Because I needed another project! (Not.)

Sunday, March 3, 2019

A new button necklace

Beautiful blues and various, vibrant greens mixed together with beads into a beautiful, woven necklace!
 I love that there are a variety of ages and types of buttons...
 Notice how the maker twisted the lengths for interest -- below, I have pulled them apart to demonstrate.
 What a fun thrift store find!  I washed it and will enjoy wearing it!
Let me see your button necklaces!

Friday, March 1, 2019

31 days of Tags Day 1

It’s been so long since I’ve been on my blog. I’ve been through so much. My plan is to post my tags every day for 31 days.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Playing In My Studio

I haven't played with my buttons for some time now and trying to rearrange them from all the jars and boxes they are in.
 I sewed these buttons on a heavy piece of cotton lace once to make a sash
 Still love my buttons

Hope you are all off to playing/ enjoying  your studio creations also.
I am going next weekend on a hunt for more in southern Missouri. If you know any great places to shop vintage let me know 

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Beautiful hearts

When I saw these at an antique store, I could not get them into my cart quickly enough!


Sunday, January 6, 2019

Merry Christmas 2018 - Evening Star Button Club

During the recent holidays, the Evening Star Button Club 
gathered at my home for our annual Christmas party.
Here we are opening our gifts

If you want to read more and see our handmade button-related gifts,
please click this link
Wishing each of you a Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Give me your idea for a button!!!

These are some of my hand painted  buttons that went on Etsy yesterday  I started trying to get my  button painting back on track.  I had little trays of buttons all over in various stages of completion and I am just about done with these.  Some were unfinished, others needed fixing somehow, some needed to be just sealed, scanned or posted on .Etsy. By the end of the week all that needed to be done should be up.  It has been a big job and glad it is done. 

  In fact I'm at a point that I'm actually looking for ideas to paint that I haven't done before.  I have started some loons as well as both sunflowers and poppies (neither of which I have ever done)  A good many of my ideas come from requests or special orders.

 If you have an idea I might be able to paint on a 1 1/8" MOP button ...leave a comment  and it might get you a button if I paint it.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Bag o' buttons

I found another bag of buttons at the thrift store and "splurged" the $2.99 on them because I could see there were lots of my favorites -- mother of pearl and shell buttons!
 But, there was more than that...

 Some very nice steel and metal buttons, and, the ones on the far left are glass with embellished tops!
 More glass, tied together -- I just love that!
 A few pretty celluloid, composition, and bone buttons, too!

 All of the ones that are the same, on the left, are painted glass!  The ones in the very front are so special: one clear glass with ruffled edges, and one that is enameled!  Such a treat!
As always, a few extras in the mix: a belt buckle made from what I think is apple juice Bakelite, a little pin from a service group, and some wooden beads.  You just never know what you'll find in a bag of buttons!

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Surprise find!

Progress moving along on my spider bag but the initial roses   were too "pinky pink" so I redid them all in a more antique rose and added them.. 

It all looks rather disjointed now but the next step are lots of blues and purples which will bring it all together.  At the end will be some white sprays of flowers as accents.

The very last step is the spiders...

I started going through my old metal buttons looking for some that had floral images that I could put on the bag. I found this one about the size of a quarter.  When I was polishing it I noticed an engraving on the back.... extra superfine Scovills.  So I looked on Google and found that if it says Scovills/ extra superfine it would date it around 1827-1840 and it was probably a ladies coat button.  It is a two part button with a heavy shank.. It will definitely find a place on the bag.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Button painting and pesky holes

Someone  read my button-painting tutorial and asked a question and blogger wouldn't give me her email so I couldn't answer.  But she persevered and reached me through Etsy.  Since the answer was going to be lengthy I thought I would post it here in case anyone is curious how I started or where I got buttons and what about those pesky holes.  Her question was: "When you use putty to plug the holes on the buttons do you take the putty out when you’re done? Which is more desirable?"  and "Where to buy buttons."

I started painting buttons about 15 years ago and I did them to add to each round robin block  as a personal touch.  For a long time dear Susan Elliott kept urging me to paint and sell them... It took a while but I finally listened to her...  At that time a woman sold buttons on Ebay under the name Button Glutton.  She had bought a house that had an outbuilding that was packed with inventory from a turn-of-the-century-button factory.  I initially bought her lovely 1 1/8" blank mop buttons as she posted them on ebay and finally contacted her and bought all she had (400) at $1 a button. After I went through them I bought all her 1" long gone.

 Then I started painting the vintage ones with a wire center shanks.  I still have about a quart of these antique ones left.

 The shanks in the center were a problem and I handled it in several ways.

First I incorporated the metal "nub" into the designs....the nose on the rabbit.

Another solution was to take the shank out and paint a design around the hole and someone could attach it with a bead that would blend with the design.

And of course I often filled the hole with putty.

But to answer Andrea's question   when I fill a hole or holes with putty I add a metal shank to the back.  These shanks are readily available on Etsy.

Now the question where to buy buttons... The really old ones are so expensive anymore that it is not practical to paint them to sell.  The antique 2" ones of mine which I used to paint pet portraits on are all gone now. I did the portraits for $25 and I only see this size for sale for around $20  per button unpainted.   I rarely see the high quality vintage 1 1/8" and 1 1/4" ones. You have to be cautious because most of the ones you see on ebay and etsy are newer and  thin, warped and very poor quality. I have been painting for the last couple years on really nice, high quality MOP blanks I found and adding shanks to them.  I did the same as before and bought in bulk when I had the chance.  But for just a few to paint on I would recommend both Etsy and Ebay for vintage ones.

Now having said all that.... who says it has to be mother-of-pearl.... I just happened to start with gorgeous antique ones and became addicted to the luminosity of MOP.  There are perfectly lovely plastic buttons that would work just as well and I have some fantastic old flat brass  ones I've used for barns but would be good for anything...

And I used some of the cheap warped square ones and painted on them to use to back the anniversary quilt...fantastic.

Because of overwhelming vision problems I'm not painting 1" buttons anymore but enjoyed it all the years I did.  I encourage anyone interested to read the tutorial and give it a try.


Sunday, August 5, 2018

Carefully Carded Vintage Buttons

I love it when I find buttons like these, that have been carefully carded by a button lover!

 green glass
 black glass
 red glass (plus a bit of plastic on the left...)
dyed shell

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Button collection at the thrift store!

These moments are rare for me, but yesterday when I was thrift shopping I noticed a carded button display in the glass cabinet at the thrift shop.  I really dislike having to ask them to open the cabinets as a rule, at thrift shops or anywhere else, but I was glad I did this time!
Can you see where this cardboard is creased in the middle?  That's where it was folded and put into a plastic bag.  What I saw in the cabinet was actually only half of the button display, which I didn't find out until I purchased it for $3.79.
What it lacks in beauty and presentation, I think, it makes up with charm!  I was initially attracted to it only for the shell buttons...
 but when I got home I noticed the enameled ones, which made me very happy...
as well as the additional quantity of pretty glass ones!  There are a lot of whistles (one holed buttons), too.
The one int he middle with the two diamond shapes is my favorite, and I noticed there is also a smaller version of the exact button, so I have a "mother/daughter" set which always makes me happy.
Mostly, I was just pleased to "rescue" this button collection; it's at least 50 years old, and it was put together by someone who obviously valued them!

What buttons have you found in the wild lately?
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