Cindy Wimmer from Sweet Bead Studio organized a fun button swap blog hop. (I love how that sounds)! Cindy paired the participants together and our job was to mail eachother at least 4 unique buttons and create something with them. It did not even have to be a piece of jewelry!
I was paired with Marianna Boylan from Stargirl Jewelry.
She sent me some neat vintage metal buttons.
She is a lampwork glass artist. The art of Lampworking completely amazes me.
So I was excited to receive one of her beautiful handmade lamp work flower buttons!
I’ll start the reveal with one of my favorite things to make. Leather strap bracelets. I used two of the oxidized silver buttons that have an almost Celtic pattern on them. I cut, textured and formed a copper disk as a focal point for the center button and strategically placed the other two buttons on the leather. It is to be worn with the focal point crossed over between the outer two buttons. Fun and funky. I think I will start using buttons on my leather strap bracelets more often. There are endless possibilities with this idea!
I played around with the lampwork button for quite awhile. It was first the focal point of a necklace, which I liked – but then I could not help but try to make it the focal of a bracelet. The only challenge was getting this chunky button to stay in place on the leather cord because it has a large button shank. I did some tight wire wrapping on either side of the button and added some peridot and dark citrine beads to the outer wraps for decoration. Viola! Sweet summer bracelet.
I have plans for the rest of the buttons! I envision a wire wrapped loose bird nest shaped pendant with the gold and nautical looking beads incorporated throughout. I see it on a long chain.
I’m hooked on searching for cool buttons now. I use them all the time for closures in bracelets – but there are so many more possibilites. I can’t wait to see what everyone created. I know there are going to be some really great ideas!
Here is the list of the other participant pairs in alphabetical order.
Thanks for organizing this fun hop Cindy!
Alice Peterson and Kim Bender
Angie Blasingame and Billi R.S. Rothove
Billi R.S. Rothove and Angie Blasingame
Birgitta Lejonklou and Pam Farren
Bonnie Coursolle and Tania Hagen
Brenda Salzano and Hope Smitherman
Cat Kerr and Heather Powers
Cece Cornier and Jeannie Dukic
Celeste Thurston and Christine Damm
Christine Damm and Celeste Thurston
Christine Stonefield and Dana James
Cilla Watkins and Lori Bowring Michaud
Cindy Wimmer and Mimi Gardner
Cynthia Machata and Julia Johnson
Cynthia Riggs and Lori Finney
Dana James and Christine Stonefield
Diana Ptaszynski and Erin Prais-Hintz
Emma Thomas and Rebecca Anderson
Erin Prais-Hintz and Diana Ptaszynski
Erin Siegel and Sharon Borsavage
Heather Powers and Cat Kerr
Holly Westfall and Sally Russick
Hope Smitherman and Brenda Salzano
Jayne Capps and Kim Dworak
Jeannie Dukic and Cece Cornier
Jenna Meyers and Kristi Harrison
Jenna Tomalka and Karen McKillip
Jenny Davies Reazor and Sandi Volpe
Julia Johnson and Cynthia Machata
Kalaya Steede and Kylie Dickman
Karen McKillip and Jenna Tomalka
Karen Mitchell and Renetha Stanziano
Karla Morgen and Mary Govaars
Kay Thomerson and Shannon Chomanczuk
Kim Ballor and Laurel Steven
Kim Bender and Alice Peterson
Kim Dworak and Jayne Capps
Kim Roberts and Partner unable to participate at this time.
Kristi Harrison and Jenna Meyers
Kylie Dickman and Kalaya Steede
Kym Hunter and Lynda Moseley
Laurel Steven and Kim Ballor
Linda Djokic and Patty Gasparino
Line Labrecque and Teri Baskett
Liz DeLuca and Lorelei Eurto
Lorelei Eurto and Liz DeLuca
Lori Anderson and Niky Sayers
Lori Bowring Michaud and Cilla Watkins
Lori Finney and Cynthia Riggs
Lynda Moseley and Kym Hunter
Marianna Boylan and Tracy Statler
Mary Govaars and Karla Morgen
Mary Harding and Stacie Florer
Maureen Baranov and Tracy Bell
Melissa Martin and Theresa Fosdick
Michelle Hardy and Peggy Johnson
Mimi Gardner and Cindy Wimmer
Nicole Valentine Rimmer and Niki Meiners
Niki Meiners and Nicole Valentine Rimmer
Niky Sayers and Lori Anderson
Pam Farren and Birgitta Lejonklou
* Pam Ferarri and Stefanie Teufel (will share their reveal on a later date)
Patty Gasparino and Linda Djokic
Peggy Johnson and Michelle Hardy
Rebecca Anderson and Emma Thomas
Rebekah Payne and Sue Kennedy
Renetha Stanziano and Karen Mitchell
Rose Binoya and Shanti Johnson
Sally Russick and Holly Westfall
Sandi Volpe and Jenny Davies Reazor
Shannon Chomanczuk and Kay Thomerson
Shanti Johnson and Rose Binoya
Sharon Borsavage and Erin Siegel
Shirley Moore and Veralynne Malone
Stacie Florer and Mary Harding
* Stefanie Teufel and Pam Ferarri (will share their reveal on a later date)
Sue Hamel and Terry Carter
Sue Kennedy and Rebekah Payne
Tania Hagen and Bonnie Coursolle
Tania Spivey and Teresa Gagne
Teresa Gagne and Tania Spivey
Teri Baskett and Line Labrecque
Terry Carter and Sue Hamel
Theresa Fosdick and Melissa Martin
Tracy Bell and Maureen Baranov
Tracy Statler and Marianna Boylan
Veralynne Malone and Shirley Moore
Happy Mother’s Day!