Button Giveaway Earrings

Not too long ago, I won a giveaway of gorgeous vintage pearl buttons in a button jewelry blog hop hosted by Cindy Wimmer at Sweet Bead Studio. They are gorgeous buttons, and today I used the smaller buttons from the package to make a pair of earrings.

What I wanted, was a flat circle of buttons that I could hook to an earwire. 

My first failure was due to the silver wire I tried to string them on. The buttons are thin and fragile (that is what makes them so pretty), and I broke a button. So disappointing!

My second failure was due to the Soft Flex wire I tried next. The buttons would not lie flat. Fine.

My third failure was due to the beading thread I tried next. The earring was just limp and held no semblance of a circle.

I was close to shelving the whole thing when I wondered about putting them on a hoop earring. Success...kind of.  Not exactly the flat circle I was looking for, but the buttons still show nicely. I used Silamide to tie them on to the hoop. I pulled the thread tightly after each stitch through the buttonholes. It helped anchor the button to the skinny little earring bar. You can see I added some pearls to the button centers. I wrecked a couple beading needles pulling on the thread, but that happens, right?

They are pearly! I am not saying it is a done deal. If I can think of how to make the buttons go in a flat circle, I will probably try it. So, if you have thoughts, please send them over here.  Pearl cotton, maybe? 

Thanks again CIndy. I still have the larger buttons you sent and am thinking about how to use them next.

Use your Vitamin C!

4 creative thoughts:

Unknown { July 2, 2012 at 8:51 PM }
I think they are really pretty. It sounds like you would need to use a flat front hoop to get the effect you were looking for. With a flat front hoop, maybe about 1/4 inch thick, I think you could wire wrap the buttons with a very fine wire and lots of wraps so they stay on top (or in front).
Kim { July 3, 2012 at 10:20 AM }
Teal, I think that might be the ticket. And, if I filled the whole thing with wraps, it would look good on both sides. Thanks!
Janet { July 4, 2012 at 10:24 AM }
I think these are lovely - very feminine!
Joy! { July 4, 2012 at 10:42 PM }
These are spectacular! Love them and don't think you should change a thing!Gotta love pearls!

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