Blogtoberfest day 23 and Vintage Thingies Thursday…

Blogging about buttons every day in October in celebration of Blogtoberfest!

I’d like to share a couple of pieces of jewellery with you. Both of these brooches are made from vintage buttons. The first one has a glass button at the centre surrounded by eight little pink plastic buttons. It’s glued onto what looks like a poker chip base – very sweet! The second is made from two celluloid wafer buttons with an antique cut steel button as the focus. It’s a beautiful piece of jewellery and always gets compliments when I wear it.

Jewellery was often made from buttons, especially during the Depression when such luxuries were unaffordable. In a way, these are similar to patchwork, in both design and philosophy -repurposing something  functional to make something new and beautiful. However, I can’t quite bring myself to put glue to vintage or antique buttons unless they’re damaged and have lost their value. Yet I don’t like to throw away damaged ones, as they can still be very lovely.


For more Vintage Thingies Thursday visit Confessions of an Apron Queen!


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9 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. I’ve learned so much about buttons from your Blogtoberfest posts! I want to thank you heaps.

  2. How innovative & sooo pretty! I love recyling it just makes so much sense 🙂

  3. what a sweet button flower!

  4. Great upcycling… old buttons and poker chips! Gotta love it!

  5. Very creative. I love the pink flower pin. What a clever idea.

  6. That’s why I like to sew my pieces together so they can be re-repurposed!

  7. What a sweet flower! I also love the black button.

  8. Your button posts are such fun!

  9. I understand what you mean about glue
    and craft projects with the item you collect…
    When I see vintage jewelry glued to some
    projects I gag….. esp those Christmas trees
    from years ago, using all the rhinestones!
    great post!

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