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!
- Janel Dudley
- Cindy Dolezal
- Lyn Foley Click on blog and scroll down
- Jen Judd
- Mary Harding
- Jeannie Dukics
- MarcieAbney- La Bella Hoya
- Intuitive Sparks by Christine Hansen
- Cindy Gambrone
- Island Girls Insights
- Sharon's Jewelry Garden
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.