Pearly Mosaic Cross

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This iridescent cross is filled with vintage mother of pearl buttons, smoky mother of pearl buttons, and shells. The light really shows the opalescent colors.

The grout is a special mixture that has a light shade of pink peeking through, which also highlights the pearls.

Size: 8″ x 12″

Pick up/Delivery Price: 45.00

Ship/Mailing Price: 55.00

Vintage Button Cards!

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🐚🐙🐠🐟🐋🐳🌊⚪◽The artwork and designs on these vintage button cards are awesome. I thought I would share a couple that I just used. I emptied one card of mother of pearl buttons, but there are still a few on the other one. There’s a lot more design and color on these button cards, and it sure is a lot of fun when you stumble onto one.

Vintage and Antique Mother of Pearl Button Fascination…

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“Pearls don’t lie on the seashore. If you want one, you must dive for it.” -Chinese proverb

****I have had a fascination with vintage mother of pearl buttons for as long as I can remember.

There is a fun and interesting history with these beauties…German-born button maker, John Fredrick Boepple, immigrated to the US and brought the rise of mother of pearl buttons to popularity and made them available to the masses. Even though automation had come to the button making process in Europe in the mid 1800s, the process of stamping them from shells required specialized and expensive machinery. As well, the shells Boepple used had to be imported and were subject to an extremely high tariff. With his business failing, John Boepple brought his button stamping machinery to the one place he was sure could supply him an endless supply of shells – the US and the Mississippi River.

He settled in Muscatine, Iowa at a bend in the river where great amounts of fresh-water clams grew. Thanks to the mighty Mississippi, his mother of pearl button business grew beyond his wildest dreams. By 1900, Boepple expanded his operations to the point that he employed one third of the town of Muscatine, which became known as “Pearl City” and the “Pearl Button Capital of the World,” out-pacing button factories in Europe. The export value of mother of pearl buttons at the turn of the century was well over $3.5 million dollars…quite a sum for the time!!!!! —Amy Barickman

On my bucket list is to visit the Muscatine History and Industry Center and Pearl Button Museum. It would be amazing! Hopefully, one day, I will!!!

So you see, there is a real history with these shiny, iridescent beauties.

Vintage Button Bouquet Pins!

 

I’m really excited about these vintage brooches! They are a mixture of amazing vintage and antique buttons! So much sparkle, texture and design on each one! Great for mom with Mother’s Day around the corner!!!!

I’ll be making more of these, but just HAD to share!

Price: $20 each

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Vintage Bouquet – 5 1/2″

 

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Crescent Rhinestones – Almost 5″ – Vintage velvet ribbon too!

*These are all one-of-a-kind vintage/antique buttons!

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”
—Albert Einstein

Vintage Button Bouquets!

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Button Bouquets – are you making a hospital visit to see someone special? Need a unique Teacher’s gift? A bouquet for mom for Mother’s Day?? These three creations were made for a customer going to a luncheon where she was presenting these to three special recipients.

Bouquet on Left is small, and is 25.00.

Bouquet on Right is large, and is 45.00.

**Shown by permission.

These vases were for other arrangements, and each vase will be different depending on availability. *If big quantities are ordered, please message me for more information, etc.

Small Button Bouquet – Meet up/Pick up price: 25.00

Small Button Bouquet – Shipping/Mailing price: 34.00

Large Button Bouquet – Meet up/Pick up price: 45.00

Large Button Bouquet – Shipping/Mailing price: 55.00

A Button’s Design…

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You might think, “What is all the hype about buttons? A button is a button is a button, right?”

Wrong! Just look at this picture of a handful of buttons that I selected to show. The textures, patterns, designs, and molded impressions are simply amazing. There are designs that are etched into the buttons, as well.
There is no end to the different patterns and designs found on buttons, and colors add even more pizzazz to the mix!

So, the next time you are buttoning up your blouse or sweater, stop for a moment, and check out the buttons! You’ll be glad you did!

Sparkling Button Blooms!

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Gold, Silver Metal, Mother of Pearl, Antique Molded Plastic Buttons, Rhinestones, Pearls, Decorative Chains, Tapestry Ribbon and more make this creation a real beauty! The background is Golden Sunset.

I know I’ve said this before, but this truly is one of my favorite pieces. I know it won’t last long. I will be making more of this size and a smaller 8″ × 10″ version.

Size: 11″ × 14″

The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.

             —-Isaiah 40:8

Sparkling Button Blooms – Meet up/Pick up Price: 47.50

Shipping/Mailing price: 58.50

Antique Mother of Pearl Whistle Buttons!

A whistle button is a very unique button. It has one hole on the face of the button, and two or more holes on the back. What makes these buttons special is that when you thread them, the thread will not show from the front, so it is protected from wear and tear, snagging, etc.

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