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#58652 - 10/19/03 10:20 AM Button craft and collecting
Dotsie Offline

Registered: 07/09/08
Posts: 23647
Loc: Maryland
Hey, Ladies! I have a question and a recent craft adventure.

Does anyone else here collect buttons? I have some antiques that may not be valuable, but they're precious to me. Is there a proper way to store and display them? I once saw a cross-stitch sampler for this purpose, but it was enormous and I'm just not going to "go there."

My adventure started out as a routine scrounging of buttons to fix my mother-in-law's blouse, and turned into a minor adventure. I got hubby to get me a roll of that magnetic strip stuff that has strong adhesive on one side, so people can make their own fridge magnets. Well, in the middle of trying to decide what to do with the tape, now that I had it, I realized I had some old buttons that were not valuable, but I liked them... so I took various ones, lined them up and placed the little ones on longer and shorter strips of magnet. I also took some larger buttons and glued multiple pieces of magnet stuff on the backs (you can only do this with flat-backed buttons). The effect was pretty nice, nothing spectacular, but sort of unique, I guess. Meanwhile, I'm saving my best "pearl" buttons for the day when I figure out how to preserve and display them.


#58653 - 10/21/03 09:38 AM Re: Button craft and collecting
DreamrKate Offline

Registered: 10/15/03
Posts: 446
Loc: California
Lillian... I think I would get a shadow box and make some interesting sort of collage with them. I suppose it would depend on how many you have. If you have someone who can make you a custom made box, you could make a really long narrow box, or three of them. They'd look good on the wall...really! Trust me, I'm really good at the oddly unique thing.

#58654 - 10/21/03 01:22 PM Re: Button craft and collecting
jawjaw Offline
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Registered: 07/02/03
Posts: 12025
Loc: Alabama
You could also take all of the buttons and put them in a mason jar, then have someone who does this kind of thing, make the jar into a lamp. I have one in my spare bedroom and it makes a darling lamp on the dresser. Course a homespun lamp shade goes great with it.

#58655 - 10/21/03 03:56 PM Re: Button craft and collecting
Evie Offline

Registered: 08/27/03
Posts: 791
Loc: Nipigon, Ontario Canada
I once made a lovely brooch out of old buttons. A heart shaped piece of wood, glue the old buttons on to it, you can overlap, then trim the outside with ribbon, or a rope of beads or something - glue brooch fastener on the back.

I bet those that do beading would have some neat ideas for jewellery using buttons too.

#58656 - 10/21/03 04:44 PM Re: Button craft and collecting
Dotsie Offline

Registered: 07/09/08
Posts: 23647
Loc: Maryland
I'm sitting here laughing outloud because you gals put me to shame.

I looked at that post and thought...well, nothing! [Big Grin]

I had not one little idea, and then you all go on about jewelry and lamps. [Razz]

#58657 - 10/21/03 06:31 PM Re: Button craft and collecting
Maggie Offline

Registered: 02/19/03
Posts: 765
Loc: Oregon
another idea similar to Evies is to glue the buttons and other items on a small crocheted doily. They make cute pins. Oh yes, glue a pin back on. Evie I think we will use your idea at our bazaar table this year. Thanks

#58658 - 10/22/03 07:37 AM Re: Button craft and collecting
DreamrKate Offline

Registered: 10/15/03
Posts: 446
Loc: California
Well you've all guilted me into coughing up one of the cutest ideas I've ever seen with buttons...actually I had forgotten about it, but the mention of "doily" made me remember it. I was at a friend's house and her mother-in-law (or someone) had gotten it for her. It was this beautiful tea cup and saucer. Inside the cup, and this is just what I could figure out by inspecting it. (It's always fun to have me over so I can dissect your really cool stuff)
It looked like a cup runneth over sort of. It had a doily sticking out, sort of, but then it looked like a huge mound of buttons and then there were some other things like those bird scissors and a few beautiful hat pins.

So I figured they must have hot glued a styrofoam ball inside; covered it with the doily so that the doily flounced out around the edges, but not perfectly even all the way around (THAT would be too symetrical and uninteresting) and then hot glued the buttons on top of that in little groups sort of what might "look" to the untrained eye like a haphazard pile, but really not. And then added the other stuff by just sticking them in.

I don't know if that sounds cute or not but it WAS!!!

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