Art Deco, Glassblowing, Fabrics, Children’s Books? Inspiration for Buttons…Who knew?

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We have always needed buttons to keep our clothes fastened, haven’t we? And, did you know that buttons can be made out of just about anything – from bone, glass, metal, stone, ceramics, and even antlers. There are “Diminutive” buttons (less than 3/8″ across) and “Large” buttons (greater than 1 1/4″ wide), “Old” buttons (pre-1918), and “Modern/Vintage” ones (post-1918).

Military buttons are kind of in a class by themselves, and made of pewter, lead, or two-part buttons that are curved outward, and specific buttons produced for officers. Buttons seem to fascinate so many of us, because of all the materials, age or size.

Buttons don’t have very many parts. There is: the face of the button; the back of the button, and some have shanks. The shank is a loop that helps you attach the button to clothing, etc.  It can be built into the button, or made out of metal. Brass picture buttons from the Victorian era are very collectible. A lot of these had images on them taken from operas, children’s books, etc.  One reason that people would wear these buttons on their shirts or coats, is that you were telling everyone that you loved literature. Some buttons came from nature, astrology, or even mythology (fairies, etc.)

Some glass buttons were detailed to look like animals or plants. Some were created to appear like fabrics. Some were given an iridescent luster or silver to imitate crochet or needlework.

Another collectible type of glass button comes from what is now the Czech Republic.  Many artisans from this area made buttons to resemble Art Deco.  After World War II, Bohemian glassblowers produced “moonglow” buttons, which looked opaque and clear.

I will come back at a later time and discuss more types of buttons and their particular era. I think there is enough interesting information this time! ha!

One thing is for sure, we all use them…and even appreciate them, for many different reasons!

God is like buttons…long lasting; give security; join and bring together.    –anonymous

Beautiful Button Bookmarks or Jumbo Button Clips!

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What a great way to mark your favorite place in a book or hold a lot of paperwork together in one spot!

All of the buttons are big, vintage buttons. There is a beautiful mother of Pearl button, quite a few very unique colors and textures!

These measure right at 4″.

Gold metal, Aqua, Yellow, Blue or Red!
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Price: 2.50 each OR three for 6.00

Sun Button Tree

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This creation is the first of a series of “Abstract Button Tree” pieces I will share. I’m really excited about it! You will see the tree in a whole new light!

There are some shiny vintage mother of Pearl buttons, that are iridescent, and other unique vintage buttons in this art canvas.

Size: 8″ x 10″

Price: 27.50

Rouge and Rose Button Hearts

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This message board has personality plus!!

The metal hearts are a perfect place to put those all important reminders!

Beautiful vintage buttons in this creation!
On each heart there are three vintage magnet sets. A beautiful pink and white lattice combo, a very vintage cloth button set in pink and red, and last, but definitely not least…a stunning mother of Pearl set.
Size: 5 1/2″ x 13 1/2″

Price: 20.00

Antique Dripping Rack Button Jewelry Hanger

Antique Dripping Rack Button Jewelry Hanger…
This vintage stainless steel Baking Dripping Rack has been transformed into a very unique and useful jewelry/accessories keeper!
The purple and green vintage buttons “exclaim” and “question” all of the various items to display…”Do I want necklaces, earrings, barrettes?” Yes!!!! And much more!!

Size: 8 1/2″ x 10 1/2″image image

Price: 10.50

Love!

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This pretty button plaque has it all! Nature inspired background, beautiful colors reflecting nature, and awesome vintage brown, aqua and turquoise buttons to send the whole thing over the top!

Size: 7 1/4″ x 7 1/4″

Clear, plastic easel included. It can also be hung on the wall.

All you need is love…and, this plaque, of course!!

Price: 15.00

Be prepared!

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“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” –Benjamin Franklin

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”                                                –Abraham Lincoln

Being prepared seems to be the secret to success in all areas of the spectrum. And, it can be very time consuming…but, definitely worth it!

As you can see from the above picture, I have separated buttons according to color for an upcoming craft project, and I’m still not finished!  But…how happy I’ll be when I’m ready to begin, and that part of the task is done!

This is normal for me with any undertaking, especially with my button ventures. Anything I can do ahead of time enhances the overall craft assignment. It also helps my focus.

Laying out supplies in advance saves you from mistakes and stress, and lets you know beforehand if an item is needed. There’s nothing worse than getting started, only to find out, that you have to make a run to the store, or rifle through closets, drawers, etc.

There might be times when something unforeseen happens, but because of planning, it is doable.

Any job very well done that has been carried out by a person who is fully dedicated is always a source of inspiration.  –Carlos Ghosn