Friday, June 4, 2010

ABS Statement Piece In Honor of the Bead and Button Show 2010

This month the ABS blogger teams are joining together in a special way. We aren't writing on a theme this month, rather we are honoring the Bead and Button Show starting this coming Monday through next Sunday in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Cindy Gimbrone challenged us to make a 'statement piece', a necklace that catches the eye, that doesn't need any fancy dress or blouse to add to it, it stands alone.

Statement pieces are supposed to be filled with all kinds of beads and such, but I was first attracted to Bead and Button Magazine back in the 80's when they were but a thin magazine and they devoted more page space to buttons, as tiny bits of jewelry.

So in honor of my first B&B magazine (which I still have BTW) I decided to be a bit different and used lots and lots of buttons in my piece (49 to be exact!) and not just any buttons, but my own handcrafted ones from variegated denim clay in various sizes with Queen Annes lace embossing them all. All are attached with macrame and finished off with a few ceramic crackled white and gold beads. So I have both, Bead and Buttons!

I hope you like my tribute to the Bead and Button Show!

Please make sure to visit these other participating ABS bloggers and Jewelry designers extraordinaire!

I have one more 'Statement piece I'd like to share with you. I made it for my Share the Love Heart swap partner (you may have seen the button on the right side of my blog here for awhile).

This is all glass beads, Swarovski crystals, and gemstones all glittering, sparkling beads with a very large diachronic glass heart focal.



  1. Clever idea, using beads and buttons! Very pretty, and love the color and textures! Beautiful work!

  2. Hi Kate,
    Your necklace of buttons is beautiful. What a great statement. I also have some of the early issues of Bead and Button when it was thin and talked about buttons. I love it that you chose that as your statement. And of course I love those ceramic buttons with Queen Anne's Lace. thanks for stopping by my blog. I have been looking for your piece for 2 days now so am glad you have it up. And what a beauty it is.

  3. Oh. My. Goodness.
    I love this! I am all about the statement necklace (can you tell?) And I love this homage to both beads and buttons. Clever!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Enjoy the day!
    P.S. Too bad you won't be at B&B. Would love to meet you there! I will be in Heather Powers's booth #1212.

  4. Wow, Kate - how stunning! I love the tribute to Bead and Button, and you've executed it very well. Bravo!

  5. Wow, that's truly a statement-necklace. regards Stefanie

  6. What a lovely interpretation of the statement necklace with buttons! Thanks for participating!



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