Antique buttons - admiring them and collecting them is a huge passion.
I have not passed a button and trimming store, a flea market, a yard sale or passed up second hand garments without looking to see if there were interesting buttons.
I've gone through phases as to the types of buttons I lusted for. But pretty much any type catches my eye. Whether they are plastic, horn, wood, glass, mother of pearl or jet they are like beacons that call to me.
But the most beautiful and prized ones to me are the bakelite buttons. They are my happy buttons. Colours are vibrant and inset rhinestones twinkle.
The above brooches are a prime example of how an ordinary lapel, sweater or coat takes on personality, a vintage accent that makes the outfit special.
As you look at the above examples you begin to realize there is no pattern to how the buttons are joined together. Thread is used up and down as well as sideways to attach the buttons into a mass.
Below are two tutorials for making button necklaces starting with the single strand and then progressing to the multi-strand.
How to Make a Necklace Garland - tutorial here | Learn to make a single, threaded strand.
How to Make a Stacked Button Necklace - tutorial here | Learn to stack different size buttons and thread them together.
Multi-Strand Button Necklace - tutorial here | Learn to make multi-threaded strands tied together.
Glue like the one illustrated above is another type of application if you are considering to make brooches, rings or earrings.
Most of the items illustrated are available from craft and hobby stores such as Michael's Craft Store, bead crafting stores or online.