My Buttons

Monday, May 11, 2015

It all started with a craft idea I saw about 10 or more years ago in a magazine. Some crafty person had made a pin (brooch) out of buttons. They had bought buttons all the same color and sewed them on to a circle form. I thought to myself, couldn't you make other shapes as well? So I decided to make a heart shaped pin. But I wanted the buttons to be special, so I started haunting yard sales, flea markets, and antique shops and events to find OLD buttons. Not just any old buttons, but old mother of pearl buttons. Back in the day, before plastics, buttons were made of antler, bone, and shell, especially mother of pearl. To find mother of pearl, or mop, buttons, I had to dig through a LOT of other buttons, but I saved them all. I figured I'd come up with another use for them!

So, these were the first button pins I made:

I really enjoy making them, although they are a time intensive project to do.

So, what to do with all of the other pretty, colorful buttons that were rapidly collecting in my space? Around the same time frame, I went to a Christmas craft show, where I found, and bought, my very first Button Man. He was a very simple man made of buttons except for his head, feet, and hands, which were small wooden balls. I bought 3 of them: 1 for me, 1 for my parents, and 1 for my sister. Maybe 2 years after that, my sister was visiting me, saw all of the buttons that had accumulated, and had a marvelous brainstorm. Why don't WE try to make Button People? To be honest here, SHE was the one who figured out HOW the Button Man was put together. I provided the raw materials!

Here is my button storage:

This is a typical work space:

It's all a question of which buttons look good together, what sizes and shapes go well together, and what is pleasing to the eye. Each button person I've ever made has been unique, which I really like!

I hope you've enjoyed a look into one of my creative hobbies! I've enjoyed sharing it with you! And....if you have a can of buttons laying around the house that you want to get rid of, just send me a spark mail!
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