Thursday, April 21, 2011

Michelle Mach's Button Blog Hop!

A lot of people don't know that before I made jewelry, I had a small business making greeting cards.  I collected vintage papers and fabrics, layered them together, and then adorned them with vintage buttons.  They sold well at antique stores and boutiques, but I'm here to tell you -- I just couldn't make a living that way.

Some of my more contemporary buttons.

Fast forward a bit and now I make jewelry for a living -- but I still have buckets of buttons.  Jars and tins and bowls and bins of buttons.  Love love love buttons.  So when Michelle Mach started a Button Blog Hop, I was all for it.

My partner was Melinda Orr.  She has a boat-load of talent.  She actually MADE the buttons she sent me.  Not only does she make buttons, she makes jewelry -- leather, metal, clay -- be sure to visit her Etsy store by clicking here.

Buttons I was sent, photo courtesy of Melinda Orr

Our task for the Button Hop was to make a piece of jewelry with a button we received.  I decided to use an etched copper button she sent.  It has a gentle curve, and she adorned it with three tiny beads in orange, lime, and burgundy, and it has a ring shank on the back.

To make the button a bracelet link, I made a loop in a piece of heavy-gauge copper wire, loaded the wire with some large seed beads, anchored the shank with daisy spacers, and filled in the rest of the wire with seed beads, up to the edge of the button, and made another wrapped loop.  The seed beads were just the right width to keep the button from spinning.



For the rest of the bracelet, I decided to be completely eclectic and chose a different bead for each link.  Lampwork, vintage copper, contemporary beads -- they all work, I think.


And now, you get to visit the rest of the hop -- and you'll want to for more reasons than they're awesome!  For every comment you leave on a blog, you get a chance to win a set of buttons from Michelle Mach.  That's a comment on EACH blog, not 25 comments on ONE blog!  So have fun!




1. Cat - Boo Beads

2. Cindy - Sweet Bead Studio

3. Cory - Art with Moxie

4. Cyndi - Beading Arts

5. Dita - Alankarshilpa

6. Donna, Marti, and Michelle - Beads & Books

7. Erin - Treasures Found

8. Hope - Crafty Hope

9. Inca - Zerenity Design

10. Katrine - Army of Sock Monsters

11. Krista - French Elegant Jewelry

12. Kristie - Artisan Clay

13. Linda D. - Lutka and Co.

14. Linda L. - Linda's Bead Blog

15. Lody - Lody's Beadworks

16. Lori - Pretty Things  (you are here!)

17. Loretta - Loretta's Boutique

18. Malin - Beading by Malin de Koning

19. Mary - MK's Creative Musings

20. Maryanne - Zingala's Workshop

21. Melinda - Melinda Orr Metal & Clay Jewelry Designs

22. Saskia - Perlendistel

23. Shannon - For My Sweet Daughter

24. Shirley - Beads and Bread

25. Stephanie - Confessions of a Bead Hoader



Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and wrote the blog An Artist's Year Off.  She's also a contributor to Art Bead Scene.  She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party. 

48 comments:

  1. Beautiful! And, good to see you back.

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  2. Gorgeous design Lori! Ingenious with the shank button (going to have to try (and probably fail) to remember that!) You're a natural with these new looks you're trying! Love that copper.

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  3. Really pretty!!!!!! I know copper is not your thing, but you wouldn't know it from that bracelet;) I love it, AND, I am a big fan of Melinda. That woman is creative!!!!

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  4. Love it, love it, love it! The handmade button is so unique, and works so well with the other components you used in the bracelet!

    I hope you are feeling better.....?!?

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  5. Oh Lori, that bracelet is so damn cool and clever!!!

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  6. WOW Lori! Just wow, you are so creative, I love how you used this button! Beautiful.
    Shannon C
    I am glad you seem to be feeling better but you are still getting prayers from my family.

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  7. Hi Lori, i can't tell you how happy it makes me to see you up & blogging i'm sure your not 100% yet so make sure you take it easy, i know it might seem silly to be so fond of someone i have never even met but you are such a sweet soul & i can imagine when one day i really do get to meet you that you will be exactally the same as you are in bloggy land, sweet, kind and generous i hope you know what a truly wonderful person you really are ttfn L:)

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  8. Love buttons and love the bracelet. I use them in my lanyards from time to time and they add such a cute, unexpected touch.

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  9. Those buttons are awesome. I love copper and that piece turned out wonderful. Your creativity never ceases to amaze me.

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  10. That's gorgeous Lori! You are so talented!

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  11. Super fun design! I love that she made those buttons for you. What a talent Melinda is!
    Enjoy the day!
    Erin

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  12. Lori it thrills my heart to see you back on line I do pray you are feeling better. If this bracelet is any indication you are over the moon. And it thrills my heart that you used copper I love copper Be Blessed

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  13. That's a great link you made out of Melinda's button. Very clever and I like the eclectic look of this bracelet.

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  14. Lori, what a great design! You know I love the links and those rustic colors mixed with the copper. Melinda's components are really incredible.

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  15. Lori, I love the varied components you used in your bracelet along with Melinda's unique handmade button. What a great way to show off her button. Looking forward to your healthy return.

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  16. First..I hope you are feeling all better.
    Second, I love the bracelet and the variety of elements you chose...it's a lovely piece.

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  17. I'm beginning to think there's nothing jewelry-related you can't do. Wonderful!!

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  18. Wow, I love the way you pulled it all together - and the way you explained the process - Nice!

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  19. I love Melinda's work and I love what you did with her button. And I'd love to roll around in your button stash!! Oh...Did I say that out loud? :-D

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  20. Oh Lori...this bracelet is just amazing! Just perfect ~ This event has been so inspiring...fun to see others visions with the simplicity of a button ~ now I'm running out to make more....lol!
    Glad your feeling better~

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  21. Lori I love the colors and textures in your bracelet. I would wear it all the time! Your solution to making the button into a link was extremely clever! And as for the buttons themselves, WOW! What a delight to be able to design with such gorgeousness!

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  22. Oh Lori!! I am totally drooling over the bracelet you made. Love the copper tones :-)

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  23. Pretty Lori - Wish I was in on this!

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  24. Lori!!!!!
    First off, the buttons you received are GORGEOUS!! As is that bracelet you made with them!

    Thank you for showing off the back of your button so I can see how you fixed the button spinning issue. . .one of the greatest pains in my life! Well, it's really not that bad. It's more of one of the mosquito bites in my life; mildly annoying, but still all you I think about for a little while.

    I'm hoping you are doing well and glad to see you back online!

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  25. Love the Copper look ... the bracelet was awesome. Great work =)

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  26. I love that you showed us the back of the button so we could solve that problem of buttons spinning around when we don't want them to. I really like this bracelet--all that copper is "me"!

    Thank you so much for joining the swap! You were my inspiration for hosting the button swap--my first time hosting ever!

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  27. Beautiful, I love the eclectic feel that you have going on, the colors are awesome.

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  28. What a great engineering trick to solve the spinning button issue - and the bracelet's great looking! The pile of beads in the first photo made my heart skip a beat, just like when I'd break into a new 128-box of Crayolas...

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  29. I see how much you love buttons and how could you not when you got hand made buttons to make that gorgeous bracelet!

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  30. I love it, Lori! It looks like something taken from the jewellery box of an ancient princess. :)

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  31. It is sooooooooo nice Lori! So so nice! Beautiful button. The way you used it is fantastic!

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  32. Lori, you know how cool that is, right? Love, love, love the colors with the copper! What a stunner!

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  33. Gorgeous design and very creative.

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  34. This is very fun! How come I didn't know about this?!

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  35. Very cool bracelet! I love the copper!

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  36. I always love links that are different, great bracelet

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  37. Wow Lori this is gorgeous! Very creative with the beads on the back! This has been fun to follow!

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  38. What a great bracelet and all those pieces fit together perfectly for this bracelet!

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  39. What a neat idea - the way you put seed beads in that button. Your piece came out beautiful.

    I am so happy to see you feeling better Lori, at least you are making jewelry and blogging. Good for you. Best wishes Dita.

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  40. love it! Love how you connected the button and love all the different elements of it. Gorgeous! Hope you're feeling better.

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  41. I love that bracelet. The buttons are really awesome!

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  42. Awesome Lori! And you totally scored by getting Mel's Buttons for the swap!

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  43. I love what you made! Glad to have you back :)

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  44. Very clever how you've anchored the button so it won't spin around. I love the finished piece, all the elements work together well.

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  45. The bracelet and the button are beautiful! Great design!

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  46. ...wow.. looks like that took a lot of time to make.. its beautiful
    mitz_zee@yahoodotcom

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