Button Swap Blog Hop: Reveal

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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!


  1. I love how you framed the silver button on the leather bracelet. You are making me want to experiment with leather! What fun the flower bracelet is…I would love wearing it.

  2. Tracy, what a beautiful twist on your leather wrap bracelet. You completely customized the look with your own metal disk – it has an urban chic look and I love it! And Marianna sure sent you a beautiful lampwork button! It looks fantastic paired with leather with the wire wrapping detail. I knew you would make stunning creations – you’ve been making beauties with buttons for some time now!

  3. I like them both but my favorite is the lampwork bracelet. I love the cheery colors in the button and how you wrapped it on neutral leather.
    Great Work.

  4. I can’t even pick a favorite, I like them both!

  5. wow!! I LOVE what you did! I agree with Kim, you def. make me want to play with leather!
    Thank you so much for being my partner and for sending such wonderful buttons to play with!!

  6. fun, cool designs!

  7. I love what you did with the buttons! Working with a shank button can be so difficult and you make it look so easy! Good job!

  8. I love how you work leather into your jewelry (something I definitely stink at!). I think you chose the right things for the lampwork button, making it into a bracelet — it’s so springy and pretty!

  9. Your photos are awesome! Each creation is something anyone would love to wear.The copper touch on the leather really sets it apart. And the lamp work one I adore, how cute for summer to wear with anything!

  10. These buttons were made for leather. These are stunning!

  11. I love your work, nice job with the bracelets.

  12. I love the way you used the flower button. The wire wrapping on the side with the stones is so feminine looking and I always love leather. Gorgeous!

  13. Great bracelets, the lampwork bead is fantastic and the bracelet lets it be the star>

  14. Great bracelets, I love that lampwork button and you made a really nice piece with it.

  15. Both of your bracelets are wonderful. Of course, I wouldn’t have expected anything less of you! 😉 I really like the ‘simplicity’ of them. They aren’t overly wrought and perfect for spring and summer. Well done.

  16. Hi Tracy!

    I love your work and your beautiful blog. And BTW, your photography is amazing! I am enjoying the Button Swap Blog Hop and love your work! Looks like we might get to meet at Bead and Button! Hope to see you there!

  17. Your bracelets are always beautiful and these two are not exception!!

  18. ooooh, I really like them both! and not only do you inspire me to re-think leather, but I’m realizing I have left over leather from a chair I upholstered …. oh, now you really got me thinking! I love them both! Beautiful work!

  19. Love your beautiful bracelets…especially love the warm brown with the lampwork button..Wow!! Cat

  20. What great buttons you received! I love both pieces you made, but my favorite is second one. I love the bright colors of the lampwork button and the beads you added. Sweet!

  21. You know…I REALLY like leather bracelets! I ♥ the fun and funky one, suits my personality. Ha!

  22. Love the lampwork button but my favourite is the Celtic leather. Teaming the silver buttons with copper gave it an earthy look.

  23. Tracy,
    You never fail to create hip, stylish jewelry. I love what you did with your buttons and I love that you incorporated them in a way that stays true to your esthetic. Sometimes that can be difficult to do in challenges and swaps like these, but you do a fantastic job of maintaining your identity. I admire that!

  24. Wow, these buttons are all so pretty– and that lampwork focal is gorgeous!!! I love how it looked as a bracelet, simple and fun. It reminded me of summertime 🙂

    The cuffed bracelet with silver looks amazing as well. Thanks for sharing with all of us on this swap/challenge/hop <3

  25. I totally luv ur work grrl and u knocked it out of the park as usual! Luv the leather wrap & what u did with the buttons on that piece! I mean come on its a masterpiece!! And the glass flower button bracelet is gorgeoussssss!!! I sigh am drooling!!

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