Saturday, May 12, 2012

Button Swap Blog Hop

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The fantastically talented Cindy Wimmer is hosting an awesome blog hop today, all about BUTTONS.  Cindy and I have shopped for vintage buttons in the past, and photos she's shown on her blog would make anyone want to raid her button stash.


Buttons in a vendor stall at a show Cindy and I visited last year.


I've loved buttons for a long time.  Before I made jewelry, I had a line of greeting cards that I made with vintage wallpaper, vintage fabrics, and vintage buttons sewn onto the cards.  They sold in stores and galleries for a little while and then I discovered jewelry.   For the longest time, my buttons have served as decoration.....


Not only buttons, but a vintage zinc-topped jar  and vintage sewing notions.

 
... but they've also become treasures to sort and play with.

Zack stealing the buttons.


So when Cindy announced the button swap, I was all for it -- even though, I hate to admit, I'm not that great at putting buttons into my JEWELRY.  I haven't quite gotten the knack for it and so far have only made a few pieces with my favorite hoard of mother of pearl buttons.


My partner is Niky Sayers, and not only did she send me this lovely stash of buttons....


 ... but she wrote an amazing letter on pretty stationery with the story of each button.  (An aside -- Niky's handwriting should really be a font, it's that pretty).


The black button is very special, and while I haven't fleshed out a suitable design for such a worthy button, I want to share the story.  


The back of the button is marked "V A" which stands for "Victoria and Albert".  In 1861, after the death of her much-loved husband Prince Albert, Queen Victoria wore nothing but black until her death in 1903.  So the fashion at the time was to follow the Queen's lead and wear black.  So you can see why I'm holding off until I can REALLY do this special button justice.  


I'm also holding onto the beautiful handmade ceramic bird button with the heart pair (made by Ruth Robinson -- and owl, whale, frog, and bird lovers will ADORE her shop!) -- I have an idea but the parts didn't get here in time.  


So what DID I make?


Well, Cindy suggested we think outside the box and the buttons could be used in something that was NOT jewelry, so I decided to do something I'm not good at -- thus increasing my challenge.  I took the pink and white buttons (all from Niky's daughter's baby clothes) and decided to do a mixed media collage.


Zack gave me help with this.  I cut out a page from a children's book for the flower, used a watercolor wash on the paper, used some floaty-feathery type of pink paper, oil pastels, and rubber stamp ink.  I sewed the buttons onto the paper, and then glued on a poem about children by Robert Louis Stevenson.  I thought the poem was apt since the buttons were from a little girl's dresses.


OK, I've got a long way to go when it comes to art, but it was fun to try it out.  Zack and I have big plans for more artistic joint efforts.


Then I got inspired by both Cindy Wimmer and Diane Cook and made a necklace with the completely awesome button Niky made herself out of a silver three-pence.  LOVE that button, and I knew I wanted to rivet it but then realized the part I wanted to show was on the domed part.


Well, that's a thinker.


Several weeks ago I'd cut a piece of copper and hammered the heck out of it with a texture plate (my kingdom for a rolling mill) and left it on the counter, where it taunted me.  "Make something with me!" it kept muttering as I walked past.  And two days ago, the idea hit me.  Punch a hole in the copper, and use thin-gauge wire as thread to stitch the button onto the metal.  But I needed something to fill in all that extra copper space -- so I pulled out some vintage lace Createology sent me.



This took me hours to make because this isn't my normal style, and I really wanted to do Niky's button justice.  I used brass rivets at the corners of the copper half-circle and then used oxidized sterling silver to string on buttons and cool rhinestone beads I bought from AD/Adornments a couple of weeks ago.  I have no idea where the button links came from -- I lost the bag! -- which is too bad because I want more.


 
The detail of the three-pence is awesome, and look below --
the date is 1935.  Very cool.




I made a hook clasp and wove and wrapped 28-gauge wire around it -- I couldn't get the clasp oriented to show you the detail, but it's there!  (I'm actually rethinking that clasp -- I hate to waste the silver but I  really think I need to redo it).  The chain is copper with a white patina from Miss Fickle Media, chain that's been in my stash a long time.  I'm glad it finally found a home, and I really think the white works so much better than either silver or copper would have.  And I only had one of the mother of pearl "leaf" buttons, but I think it fits in perfectly.  The clasp hooks through the textured copper washer.




I hope you enjoyed the visit, 
and stay tuned for the rest of the buttons 
to make an appearance in jewelry soon!


And now for the rest of the button enthusiasts!
 


 Veralynne Malone



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Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and wrote the blog An Artist's Year Off.  She is the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party tm.   
Join me at the Facebook group Bead Soup Cafe for bead chat, swaps, challenges, and lots of eye candy!


69 comments:

  1. A beautiful necklace and I love the piece of art you did as well! I've been wanting to try that.

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  2. How beautiful!! My mother used to have a button jar..I wonder what ever happened to it. I loved when she would need a button and she would let me turn the jar over and all the buttons would fall out.
    I loved looking through them and coming up with stories for my favorites!
    Love,love,love your post!
    -april

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  3. Very Nice! and I like your mixed media...

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  4. Lori you really did think outside the box. You and Zack did a great job on the mix media collage. The necklace just blows me away. I like the clasp, it adds to the charm of the necklace.

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  5. Completly love what you have made, the poem is so cute and I love that you made it with Zac.

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  6. Lori, we did have fun looking for buttons, didn't we? And you've given me so many pretty buttons over time too - from mother of pearl to buttons still on the card - and I cherish them.
    I really love how both of your projects are absolutely different and unexpected. The mixed media piece is turned out so pretty and what a keepsake - a collaboration between you and Zack! The necklace is really beautiful - I like how you combined metal, lace, the button and all sorts of components in an unusual way. And with the colors, this piece really looks like you!

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  7. OMG I so love, love this necklace! What a statement piece and the colours are so soft it can be worn with anything. I can just imagine somebody making this their signature accessorty to wear for years and years to come.

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  8. I love the mixed media piece, well done and the necklace is very cool.
    I had trouble figuring out attachment to to give the focal the attnetion that I wanted. Have a great Mother's Day!!!!

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  9. What fun Lori that you made a collage with some of your buttons. And your necklace so long and full of many lovelies in addition to your wonderful button pendant is just gorgeous.

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  10. Great pieces Lori! I'm glad you stepped out of your comfort zone, I did this swap as well and tried a mixed media piece.

    The necklace is simply gorgeous. You most certainly did the button justice!

    Happy Mother's Day!

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  11. Lori, Your jewelry is better and more interesting all the time. What a great challenge, and you went way beyond! Thank you for all the good explanations for what you used and what you did. Also like your photographs, which reminded me I think I need to watermark mine. Are you using pixlr for those neat frames? And one other thing: How the H*** do you find the time to do all you do? Amazing! Opps again: one more thing: Happy Mother's Day!

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  12. What a beautiful job, Lori! Love your mixed media piece! And the necklace is stunning just the way it is! Love your pictures, too!

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  13. You never cease to amaze me, Lori! I love your collage piece, and the fact that you did it with your son makes it all the more special. The neckace with the three-pence is amazing. . .you definitely did that button justice! Both beautiful creations. ♥

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  14. Love all of it, the art and that necklace <3!!!

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  15. LOVE LOVE LOVE that necklace!!! All the details and textures are fantastic! and the mixed media piece is terrific, that was a great idea and perfect for those baby clothes button!

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  16. i love your mixed media piece!!! and of course your necklace is stunning. i especially like how you used a piece of lace on the focal!

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  17. lovely work! i love that little silver button, beautiful!

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  18. Lovely!! Beautiful! I love love love the card! :)

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  19. Very nice. I love both pieces and I think you have potential as a great mixed media artist.

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  20. Lovelovelove the mixed media and the necklace - love that the buttons have a history makes them even more special!

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  21. Great work, Lori. As always, your creativity blows me away. Way to go!

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  22. Lovely necklace! I really like the card too! I tried doing a card with buttons; sure didn't look as nice as yours.

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  23. That necklace is so me, I just love it!

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  24. I love the sweet mixed media piece - and the necklace is pretty stupendous, too! Definitely outside of the box thinking on both of them!

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  25. Love, love the necklace! And the birdie button is to die for!

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  26. Happy Mother's Day Lori Dear. Your co-op art with Zack is wonderful. He really is quite the artist. How fun to do a button swap and then create something so unique with them. Lovely necklace with extraordinary texture and interest. You rocked this one!

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  27. Love, love, love....your button necklace.

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  28. Beautiful- love that you shared this with your son, and that necklace is a feast for the eyes!

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  29. Ok, first you make me cry when I saw the card, then you made me gasp when I saw the necklace! I was proud of myself that I knew who the chain was from, and proud of you for again doing such an excellent job when you stepped out of your style. That is just a gorgeous piece, and represents your attention to detail so well!

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  30. Lori, your 'art'piece was perfectly conceived and is a fitting frame for those vintage buttons-- just lovely! And that necklace-- wowee! the focal is awesome and all the other elements are so thoughtfully chosen to support the overall design. Thanks for the story of its creation-- and so glad that Zack liked 'Pablo'-- art doesn't have to be serious or only the province of adults.

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  31. It is beautiful!! Truly OOAK. I love your well-thought through ideas and detailed work. Very, very nice! You r an inspiration.

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  32. I just love the pieces, what a great way to use your buttons.

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  33. I LOVE that you did a mixed media piece. Reading the poem and knowing the buttons were from a little girl's dress is icing on a sweet sentimental cake.

    Your jewelry, as always, is jaw dropping gorgeous!
    ~Angie

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  34. I love the necklace so much! What a clever idea, making a button out of a coin.

    Wonderful job on both pieces, Lori! Happy Mother's Day!

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  35. Lovely mixed media collage =)

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  36. Whoa! I love the set piece, very unique I bet it's something you treasure for years. The coin button is really cool and interests me a lot I was just talking to someone last weekend about using coins as buttons!

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  37. I LOVE your collage!! It's beautiful and perfect for all children... even the grown up ones. ;-) You and Zack should really get into the collage business!! My sister and I totally love whimsical things. And we've always loved Robert Louis Stevenson. I showed it to her and she loved it! You really must make more collages!

    I'm loving your necklace too! So many beautiful elements in one design.

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  38. I knew your button creations would be stunning, Lori, and you didn't disappoint. Everything is gorgeous!

    Thanks so much for the lovely comment you left on my blog, too. I really appreciate your kind words!

    Lynda

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  39. I knew your button creations would be stunning, Lori, and you didn't disappoint. Everything is gorgeous!

    Thanks so much for the lovely comment you left on my blog, too. I really appreciate your kind words!

    Lynda

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  40. I love your artwork and the fact that Zack helped you w/it makes it even more beautiful and special. Your necklace is astoundingly beautiful!! Both pieces of 'art' are superb!!

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  41. Love that photo of Zack in the mound of buttons ~ precious. And so is your necklace. Just beautiful how all the elements meld together.
    And I love the story about the VA button. I have a battersea box with the VA black flower print that is one of my favorites.

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  42. Your card is really sweet and the quote is a perfect compliment to the baby buttons. I love your necklace design, the three pence buttonis fantastic!

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  43. Wonderful creations, as usual. I so enjoy reading about your process. Nice job, Lori!

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  44. GORGEOUS piece! love it! you did those beautiful buttons justice :)

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  45. Lori,

    Your work is beautiful! I love your hammered copper piece... You did a beautiful job incorporating the buttons and I enjoyed your mixed media. What a cool story about the black button! Glad to know I would have fit in, been wearing black for about 25 years! LOL... Looking forward to meeting you at Bead and Button! :-) Kris

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  46. Love love love that necklace. And the white chain is perfect with it. The collage is beautiful.

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  47. Lori you really did a awesome creation with that metal and button. I have to say that bird button is to die for and the story of the black button! Who would KNOW, the story is so cool, my I want to see what you eventual make of that! Besides writing a mini book on the story behind the button to go with it of course. ;-)

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  48. Love that three pence button and a GREAT use of it along with your copper and the lace - beautiful! Great job. ~~T

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  49. I tried to post before but now i think it is working :)
    That necklace is just divine !! with the "framed" button in such a romantic (lace) still rustic style as You wrote not the way U usually work but You are skilled to make anything!! love the mix of metals and buttons in any direction :)
    The co/ created mixed media piece is lovely too <3

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  50. What can I say---love that you and Zach worked together..all the parts of the necklace are so wonderful...the button links, the pence...wow! I really love the necklace...and least I forget love the chain!!!

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  51. Wow Lori, you are just so talented I love the collage and necklace and the story of the black button from my favourite museum too!
    I have boxes of inherited buttons all the family children loved playing with them me included when I was little lol.
    Jackie

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  52. Love your button pictures at the start of your post! That necklace may have taken some time - but I love it. I love how you textured the copper and added a little lace. It's a really special necklace!

    Tracy

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  53. Lori, okay, so that collage is adorable! But that necklace is absolutely *stunning*. Truly. I just think it's a showpiece...

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  54. Oh Lori. . .what CAN'T you do?? That little piece of art is adorable. I love the quote you put on there too. And that necklace! Whew. get out the smelling salts because I'm swooning over it! It's gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous!

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  55. You paired two of my favorites, buttons and lace! I would never have thought of doing that necklace the way you did! I love the texture that the lace adds, it really makes the button pop!

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  56. Lori that necklace is fabulous!!! I also love that you did something non-jewelry. What a sweet piece!

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  57. You hammered the heck out of the copper huh? Ok thats what I need to do because your necklace looks AMAZING!! ...and I love your collage to..yup! xoxo Cat...now where is that hammer and copper.Mmmm.

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  58. Love it, love, and - love it:-) And the addition of the lace - AWESOME!

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  59. Lori!!!!
    I love what you did with that beautiful poem...and I don't think you have a long way to go at all!!! Look at your multidimensional, creative self go!!! Love what you created with your buttons...but after watching the movie Victoria and Albert...the black button would intimidate the heck out of me...but I am sure something fantastically creative will reveal itself to you soon!!!! A rolling mill..yes, that is on my wish list too..but there are so many ways to texturize metal...and you did a great job on your focal piece!!! Bravo! Metalworking is calling you! I know it is!!!

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  60. Well, I now have a great idea for some of the buttons I didn't use. Card embellishments. Also, fabric postcards come to mind. The necklace is definitely something I would wear.

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  61. Wow, what great buttons you received! I LOVE that there is a story behind each one.

    Your collage is sweet, but your necklace is stunning! I love how you put all the wonderful components together to make one amazing piece!

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  62. Wow, Lori! I love all the things that you made-- the necklace is absolutely gorgeous, but that MMC is something special!!! The memory that you and your boy made by making that together is a special treasure, one that you'll be reminded of whenever you look at the finished product :)

    I love the story behind the "VA" button-- truly a special button that deserves a special home, and a truly vintage item! I can't wait to see what you make with that one. Same goes for the blue bird!

    I'm so glad that I got to play along with you on this swap/challenge/hop <3 Thanks for sharing with all of us!

    *~* Julia *~* http:/beautifullywhimsical.blogspot.com *~*

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  63. What great pieces. The collage that Zack helped with is adorable and very fitting for the buttons off the little girls dress. And I love the copper you hammered and attached the button to. Very lovely.

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  64. What a wonderful necklace you have created - I can understand why you wanted to wait for the right idea and it certainly came to you. Just gorgeous!

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  65. Hi Lori! Oh so much to say! The black mourning tradition started a whole jewelry industry in the town of Whitby - known for their jet. And hair jewelry for mourning, but thats a different topic.

    Love the pence button! And your fabulous setting for it. So appropriate the other buttons in the design. But I especially love the mixed media piece. Since I am a mixed media girl... Well done!

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  66. Lori...you really were playing outside the box weren't you?
    First, designing a beautiful collage using such special tiny buttons from Niky's daughter's baby clothes, AND then, the hammered copper focal is way cool Lori!
    Thanks so much for thinking of me ~~ you are just the best! xo

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  67. Gorgeouuuuuuuuus! U rocked it as ur usual beautiful self!

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  68. Just wonderful. I love this post.
    xoxox jean

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  69. shiny
    what a idea ya!i just love it

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