Grandmother's Keepsake

Recently, a friend of mine from High School, Sarah, contacted me to make some custom jewelry for her and her Grandmother using some of her Grandma's button collection. I was sent a large bubble envelope chock full of Buttony goodness. This has to be one of the best button collections I have seen in a long time, and this isn't even the half of it!
Unfortunately I have been sitting on this motherlode of buttons for far too long and kept putting this project off. Custom work, I love it and hate it. Give me a deadline, and I will wait until the last possible moment to create the finished project. I'm wishing I was better at prioritizing my time on stuff like this but that's the way the cookie crumbles.
So finally, I wanted to share with you  what the end pieces looked like. I am quite pleased with the turn out!

 The first piece is a bracelet using buttons as charms. This one is for Sarah. The mother  of pearl buttons are quite unique with two top drilled holes instead of middle holes. I added some beautiful blue glass buttons and some green shank buttons. The pewter bird and nest charms from Green Girl Studios, are a little added bonus for Sarah since she's a total bird fanatic, like me.

 This is the necklace I created for her Grandmother. It features a handmade Lilies of the Valley pendant from Amanda Davie, that has a sweet little mirror on the back side. I wire wrapped buttons in green, blue, rust, and orange, and added some vintaj cable chain up around the back.

 I added a brass magnetic clasp so that her Grandmother wouldn't have to fuss with getting it on and off, and also added one of the Jet black glass shank buttons as decoration.

This is Sarah's necklace. Another Amanda Davie pendant but this time with a Bird. It also has a mirror on the flip side. I wire wrapped buttons in paler colors like pink, teal, blue and rust, with large and small Vintaj Brass jumprings attaching them. Instead of chain, I beaded the back of the necklace with mottle pink/purple peanut shaped beads.
I really hope she likes how they turned out. I really did enjoy making these keepsakes for them, even though I waited til the last minute.


I also wanted to show you these lovelies I just received in the mail yesterday from Desert Design Inc. Gorgeous huh? They are amazing. I first saw one of Barbara's flowers in the Project Gallery at Vintaj.com. I couldn't be happier with these, they will be perfect for Summer designs.