Sunday, May 13, 2012

Button Button...Who's Got The Button

                                                                   We all do!   


Cindy Wimmer of Sweet Bead Studio put out the challenge for a good old fashion button swap.  Cindy paired us  up and buttons flew through the mail to eager hands waiting to create .   Alice of Alice Dreaming was my partner and you see the lovely stash she sent for me to play with.  My love of buttons started early when my Grandmother gave me a plastic box full of buttons for Christmas.  Oh how I wish I had those lovelies now...we played with them for hours......



     I  started with lots of dangles and then kept the necklace simple finishing off with black leather


A simple fun piece to wear.....



                                             



                                             Ceramic button from Landon Road Designs


Next I played with the rhinestone and pearl buttons.



        I used an old strand of pearls and a rhinestone focal salvaged from the broken pile bowl
                                              to complete  this piece.  I can say I am not a "stringer"




Living near the Mississippi river I have always loved pearl buttons. Muscatine Iowa was known as the "button capitol of the world".   Apparently because of a bend in the river many clams accumulated in the river. For a period of 75 years the button industry fueled the towns economy.






           I am still in the thinking process with this beautiful lampwork button Alice sent me




                
                            The helpers as usual showed up for the photography session.......

Bob really wasn't too impressed......
Foo thought it was just her thing and took it while my back was turned!

                                                               Thank you Cindy Wimmer!!!
                             There are a lot of ladies playing button button.....have fun on your hop!


                                                      Alice Peterson and Kim Bender

Kim Roberts and Partner unable to participate at this time.
* Pam Ferarri and Stefanie Teufel (will share their reveal on a later date)
* Stefanie Teufel and Pam Ferarri (will share their reveal on a later date)

47 comments:

  1. Both are beautiful creations! I really like the necklace made with the blue and black button and the other is so elegant and pretty!

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  2. Hi Kim,
    Wow I love what you created with the buttons you got from Alice. The creamic button necklace is fun and hip and will be nice to wear with a summer dress or tank and shorts this summer. The pearl necklace is gorgeous! What do you mean you are not a stringer? Looks to me that you did a wonderful job on this necklace. Can not wait to see what you do with the lamp worked button.
    Therese

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  3. They both turned out great. I love all the dangles on the first necklace. But the vintage look on the second one is wonderful. Love the story, too.

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  4. Those are both awesome! I really like the first one, gave me some ideas of what I might have done differently with my button. I love the large button, but I did find it quite a challenge to work with!

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  5. oh, and the cat helpers are too cute

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  6. Both Beautiful and very different styles! I love the lava beads and and turquoise with the ceramic button. The leather cord - right up my alley! Totally wearable.

    The rhinestone and pearl necklace is so pretty too. Very well put together. I have to experiment more with that style. I always marvel at the beautiful victorian/antique creations - Other than pearls and some metal stampings I don't have a stash that supports that style - but I am starting to stop at antique stores more to look for pieces and parts.

    Have a wonderful day!
    Tracy

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  7. Both your pieces are beautiful, but i especially love the second necklace with the pearls! great work!

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    1. have to post here as the space to write vanished !
      GORGEOUS !! both of them
      the first one simple and colorful and the other one so romantic and vintage feel love <3 !!

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  8. Your work is beautiful. I love the lampwork bead too. I can't pick a favorite even though they are so different they are equally appealing to me.

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  9. Foo was right! The black and blue button with turquoise for the win! Lovely piece - that accentuates a lovely button. I adore those small shell buttons, I have a stash that were my grandmother's and maybe my great grandmother's...

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  10. I love the turquoise piece, but turquoise has always been my go to colour. Very pretty! I'm slowly starting to fall in love with buttons!

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  11. Stunning love the pearls but the turquoise one goes to another level - beautiful work! I remember seeing pictures somewhere of tons of clam and mussel shells with all the buttons punched out of it - I can't imagine - I break them trying to make jewelry!

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  12. Love! The first piece is just too cool the second is stunning!

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  13. You had so many beautiful buttons to play with! Love both of your necklaces - the turquoise and black is so fun and your vintage pearl necklace is gorgeous!!

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  14. They are both beautiful but I love that first necklace most! FUN little dangles attached at the front of the button! Great technique! Happy hopping!

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  15. I really like both of your creations - great job!

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  16. One of the many things I love -- that you made two such different pieces! You're so versatile and talented! Love them both, would wear them both.

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  17. Wow, what beautiful buttons you received and what beautiful pieces you made!!

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  18. Love both pieces but my favorite is the first because I just adore the little cluster up in the front.

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  19. love that turquoise necklace A LOT!!!!!! Nice job!

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  20. (wiping slobber up off keyboard) Stunning!
    ~Angie

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  21. OH! That first necklace IS fun! I want to wear it to the beach. Lol. And the second one... so elegant and beautiful!

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  22. Kim, what beautiful buttons your received! And the first necklace, I haven't seen anything else like it! I love how you used it as a focal with the leather strung through. The cluster of beads in the center really makes it. I want it!! :-) And the pearl piece is completely romantic and so beautiful! That is fascinating information about the history of Muscatine Iowa.... fueling the economy for 75 years! I bet there are all sorts of amazing MOP buttons to be found locally. Your photography is incredible as always, Kim!

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  23. The cluster of beads compliment the button beautifully. I can see why Foo wanted to have it!

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  24. I love the second piece the most, but that may be because I tend to gravitate toward the neutral shades. I really like the cluster that you included on the first necklace. They accentuated the focal beautifully. Your design let the button and the beads take center stage.

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  25. My favorite Turquoise and black!!

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  26. I love the black and turquoise together and the simple leather is perfect not to take away from that great button. And who doesn't like pearls and rhinestones very pretty...

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  27. Kim, both your pieces were colorful and so imaginative-- and I love the story about the clamshell-based economy of the town. Wonderful post and eye-candy!

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  28. They are both beautiful, and so totally different. I just love the pile of dangles in the black and turquoise, it really grabs your attention.

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  29. Great pieces! I love the boldness of the first one with black and turquoise but the second one has inspired me to get some of my antique buttons and such out and play with them. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  30. What lovely pieces you've created with your awesome buttons! I love the simplicity and yet still obvious depth of the first necklace, but that second one it just yummy! Nice and vintage-y looking....stringer or no ;)

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  31. I really love the first necklace. What a great use of the button! I never would have thought of that but that gives me an idea to use one of the larger buttons that I received. The colors are lovely. The vintage one looks like it would be right at home in the pages of Jewelry Affaire magazine. You should take a chance and submit it! Enjoy the day!
    Erin

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  32. Love both! Very different from each other, but both cool in their own way.

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  33. LOVE Bob :0) Beautiful buttons and I love how your pieces were just totally different styles. Beautiful photos too. Wasn't it a fun swap.

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  34. Both of your necklaces are just fantastic!! I'm partial to the blue one (blue's kinda my thing), but they're both so very pretty!

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  35. the dangles on the blue & black piece are an amazing match, beautiful!

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  36. Both necklaces are very nice and use the buttons very creatively. I think I like the one with the dangles best. Simple and direct. Great job.

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  37. These are both so beautiful!!I love the beads popping out in the first piece!! Cat

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  38. Love the contrasting styles of the necklaces. But, I think the second one is my favourite.

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  39. What wonderful necklaces...and how creative!! And I am in agreement with the other commenters..the dangles on the black and blue piece are so perfect...love the color combo there so much! So striking!!!

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  40. Very pretty, I love them both, especially the way you did the dangles on the first one!

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  41. Kim, I love both pieces--and they are so different from each other. I love those sweet dangles in the first piece, but that second one...it's just stunning. And eventhough you say you are not a stringer, you could have fooled me. I can't wait to see what you do with that lampwork button.

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  42. And I forgot to mention that your photos are fabulous!

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  43. Wow, all your projects are great, just as unique as the buttons that adorn them! You look like you had so much fun with that first one (the one with the smaller teal-ish beads), and the second one (the pearls) is absolutely exquisite :) It has certainly given me ideas for the rest of my collection~

    Thanks for sharing your work with all of us <3

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

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  44. Love the turquoise and black button and what you have done with it. A lot of texture!. I really like that the buttonholes are not centered on it.

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  45. Love your antiquey "strung" piece in particular; I'm all about the bling...but both are so wearable! Nicely done.

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