Friday, July 18, 2008

i heart buttons

I really must admit that I have huge thing for buttons. Maybe it stems from sorting through mom's button jar as a kid. I just can't help myself when I'm out treasure hunting. If I see any beautiful, quirky, old, or whatever buttons I have to have them. I've amassed quite a collection. The are separated by color into lots of button jars. Mostly I collect them like so many things in my life. This week I was inspired by this bracelet on etsy to actually use them.

I'm not a jewelry maker by any stretch of the imagination. I had an empty cheapie charm bracelet from the thrift shop in my stash. So, I got out some needle nosed pliers and jumprings and started playing. First off my jumprings were kind of thick, so they wouldn't work with all my buttons. I just kept on at it until I got this made:



Well, now I'm hooked I think. I stopped by Michael's last night for some better chain, closures, and thinner jumprings. I'm sorting through my buttons to make something more vibrant and kicky. The fiskateers have a whole virtual CHA challenge going on today and tomorrow. One of the challenges is to make something with our fiskateer colors, so I'm sorting through the orange and green stuff to see what I can come up with.

7 comments:

Kim H. said...

OH MY HEAVEN AND STARS THIS IS STUNNING! Sorry but it is gorgeous! I have to get my butt in gear and work on mine today! I got side tracked yesterday! I love your bracelet! BUTTONS are the best!

ScrappyPam said...

How fun! These would do great in your Etsy shop, I think!

Joy said...

That is such a fun bracelet!!

Jennifer said...

Oh, oh, OOOOOHHHHH! Tami I love this! You knew I'm a sewing notion/button/thimbles fanatic and this is just so clever and creative and quite pretty too!

Keep 'em coming! This is great!

Pam Speidel said...

What do you mean, you're no jewelry maker?! This is AWESOME! I've got several handmade bead bracelets, but who would have thought to use old vintage buttons on a bracelet? I LOVE it! Please let me know if you list some on Etsy! :) You go girl!

This 'n That said...

Button lover here, too. Wonder what that's about. The bracelet is just darling. I am inspired to dig into the collection!

Judi Foster

Andi (RrlScrapGal) said...

gorgeous!!!! Love the button bracelet.. These would be awesome gifts...

Uh oh.. Another crafty project!!