Button Swap Reveal!

Today is the Button Swap reveal!  Michelle Mach of Beads & Books is hosting this fun swap.  I have been fortunate to be paired with the talented and very sweet Cindy Wimmer of Sweet Bead Studio.  Here is what Cindy sent me for the swap:

The main button is a beautiful Victorian brass with steel-cut detail, and the two other sets are also brass with ornate detailing.   Cindy sent me two, so I could choose the set I liked.  Well, I ended up using them all, and here is what I made:

I wanted to frame the buttons to enhance their beauty.  So I decided to use donut beads.  Well, I have several stone donuts, but they weren’t the right size, and even then, I would have had to glue the buttons on or quite possibly cut the shanks.  I didn’t want to do either, so I made my own donuts.  Since, I had paper clay around from my Izannah Walker doll ( yes, I am still working on that), I fashioned the beads from that.  After sculpting, applying gesso, painting, and collaging, I had what I wanted.  The collage is actually an Egyptian motif – it’s so small it can’t be seen.  Anyway, the process was fun and I like the results :-).

Cindy also sent me extra buttons & beads – so sweet:

I knew right away what I wanted to do with them.  And here it is:

I had so much fun making a vessel for the German Bead Babes Go Challenge, I made another one.  This time, I used Bullseye opaque glass to match the pretty mother of pearl buttons & beads.  I added a few of my vintage clear glass buttons as accents.  There was even enough to make a pretty matching earring set.

And finally, I thought, what could I make out of the big mother of pearl button?  Well, Cindy had packaged the buttons in a pretty brown box topped with a very nicely tied bow:

A couple of jeweled sterling branches plus a barrette = a very pretty hair accessory!  I know who will claim this one :-).

Thank you Cindy for all the wonderful buttons & beads!  And thank you Michelle for hosting this very fun swap!  Now, here is the list of other artists to visit:

*** Oh, and be sure to leave a comment – every comment left here and at other participating artists blogs gets you an entry for a giveaway at Michelle’s blog!!!***

1. Cat – Boo Beads

2. Cindy – Sweet Bead Studio   ***MY SWAP PARTNER***

3. Cory – Art with Moxie

4. Cyndi – Beading Arts

5. Dita – Alankarshilpa

6. Donna, Marti, and Michelle – Beads & Books   ***BUTTON SWAP HOST***

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.     ***ME :-)***

14. Linda L. – Linda’s Bead Blog

15. Lody – Lody’s Beadworks

16. Lori – Pretty Things

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


  1. This looks so fun! Love what you did with your buttons!

  2. What a stunning project! I love the donut backing you made! Both the brass necklace, and the white one are just awesome. The vessel is a perfect complement to the white buttons.

  3. Linda, I LOVE what you did with the buttons. What a great idea and soooo well done:-)

  4. What beautiful, but very different pieces! I love them both. Cindy swapped some very lovely buttons.

  5. AMAZING! I’m so impressed. Love them all, but I’m particularly partial to anything mother-of-pearl. I also saw the lampwork beads and button you sent Cindy and LOVE those!

  6. Love what you did! Amazing. I love the first one because I love what you did to enhance the buttons. I also love the white one because I love white jewelry.
    Shannon C

  7. What a great bunch of buttons. And what wonderful things you made with them. That first necklace with the donut beads under the buttons is awesome.

  8. Linda, I am so humbled and truly amazed by ALL of the pieces you made. You always go above and beyond with your work and each time I am impressed all over again. Your paper clay donut/border for the metal buttons is so clever and really pretty. I absolutely love the overall design of the necklace and would wear it any day of the week! And my goodness, the vessel necklace has such an airy and romantic look – it is fantastic! How and when did you have time to dream up all of these pieces?? Your barrette is so sweet – love that idea! You truly put every thing to good use and make art out of the most simple components. I can bet who might wear that one!
    I sure enjoyed meeting you through Michelle’s blog hop and do hope that we keep in touch! 🙂

  9. Wow you have been beautifully creative busy, all are wonderful.

  10. Holy Cow!! You are really the queen of button jewelry – Fantastic job!!

  11. I adore the way you chose to frame those steel cuts…just marvelous!

  12. Wow! All of your pieces are just stunning. I thought when I saw that first necklace with the cool buttons and amazing donuts you made that that would be it. But NO! You also made a delicate and feminine necklace AND a pretty little bow! Impressive!

  13. Beautiful pieces!

  14. I love the little “hair accessory” … perfect for a bride, if you ask me =)

  15. Amazing! You did a wonderful job with your buttons. I love the idea of surrounding them with the donuts–it really makes them pop. And I like your monochromatic piece–it looks very delicate and romantic with the white/ivory/clear tones. And I do love the little bow. It would be very sweet in a little girl’s hair. Thank you for joining the swap!

  16. Amazing designs, both are fabulous but the necklace that your framed the buttons on is my fav.

  17. Both are beautiful, but I particularly love how you framed the brass buttons to make them even more special. Great, great, great!

  18. How creative you are with the donut idea. And the one with the white buttons is lovely.

  19. Stephanie LaRosa says:

    Reall great job with your buttons! I love that first necklace!!

  20. Oh so pretty buttons! Love all your creations – specially the first necklace.

  21. Wow, such great pieces you created from your buttons!

  22. Great idea for the donut collar. Stunning!

  23. I LOVE your necklaces. Great job!

  24. You really rose to the challenge. Very nice work!

  25. Your button designs are awesome. Be blessed

  26. I love what you did! That white necklace is so very pretty, and the paper clay solution is very inspiring and cool.

  27. you did so many beautiful things with your buttons! I enjoyed my first visit to your blog. I am also a lampworker – your beads are great inspiration !!

  28. I love your finished necklaces! You made great use of your buttons. Beautiful!

  29. What beautiful necklaces! I really love the white and silver one!!

  30. That is paper clay? That is awesome! I love that one the most… it is earthy and ancient and it is just lovely. Sorry I am late to the party. Last week was not a time to be hopping (unless you were a bunny!). Thanks for sharing. Enjoy the day! Erin


  1. […] and Cindy and I were partnered.  Cindy sent me the most wonderful buttons; you can see my post here, and her post here about our swaps.  I haven’t done much beading/jewelry design lately, but […]

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