Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Things You Can Do with Buttons - Idea #3

Button Idea #3 - Use as a closure on friendship bracelets.

A button is a great stylish way to add a closure to a friendship bracelet. My sister is the friendship bracelet maker in our family & she made this stylish bracelet using one of my ceramic leaf buttons. She started out the bracelet by first threading all of the strings through the button holes then braiding the bracelet. She tied a knot at the end of the bracelet & left about 1" gap of unbraided string and tied another knot. This way the button can slip through the unbraided string section & hold your bracelet closed.
I found this great website for friendship bracelets with tons of free patterns ranging from easy to difficult. Check it out!

Do you have any button ideas? I would love to hear about them!

      Flower Pattern Braided Friendship Bracelet 

Ceramic Leaf Button in Olive Green 

What do you think? 
My sister is thinking about selling these bracelets what do you think? Should she?

Monday, January 30, 2012

Things You Can Do with Buttons - Ideas #1 & 2

I make buttons....lots of them. I am always trying to think of things to do with them, so I can sell them, & give people ideas on how to use them. I also want to keep on making them (I love making button). I am going to keep a running list of button ideas that I or other people come up with. If you have any ideas please tell me.

Button Idea #1 - Start a button collection.

Buttons are the best! Well...I think so. They are some of the best things to collect because they don't take up too much room (I have a small house so space is limited) & they come in so many different colors & styles so there is something for everyone.

Vintage Button Collection 

Vintage Buttons 

Button Idea #2 - Add to a bag or purse. 

Adding a button or two will surely add some spice & pizzazz to your handmade or store bought bag. Here is a fabulous example from one of my favorite etsy shops, Camilla Cotton. She added one of my rustic brown Mr. Owl buttons to one of her famous Romantic Ruffled Bags

Ultra Suede French Tote in Cranberry

BUTTONS, Buttons, buttons....

As you may know I am a maker of many buttons. Throughout my life, I have discovered that buttons have many different uses & are a gateway to making other things. They can also make your craft project so much more special. Here is a collection of my best selling buttons:

Bird Nest Ceramic Buttons
Butterfly Button in Sage Green 

Large Smokey Sienna Ceramic Buttons
White Owl Ceramic Button 
Romantic Heart Buttons in Bright Red 
Leaf Buttons in Olive Green 
Rose Button in Vintage Coral 
Victorian Cameo Button in Rustic Burgundy 
Large Blossom Button in Vintage Coral
Large Olive Green Ceramic Buttons

Hello...Mr. Owl

I am finally starting a blog to document my life as a ceramic artist. I am always looking for new techniques, glaze colors & designs to experiment with. So now I can share my experiments with all of you.

I love little woodland creatures & owls are at the top of my list. Here are some owl mugs I just made.
Mr. Owl Stoneware Mugs