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Victoriana Fabric Party – Row 4 and Give Away

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The instructions for row 4 are up on the Fabric Party page here.

And as always there is a give away that includes Nautical buttons from Buttons Galore and More!! WhooHoo! :)

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Buttons Galore and More Appears on Cleveland TV Show

Buttons Galore and more on TV with Vicki O'Dell

Buttons Galore and more on TV with Vicki O'Dell

Our very own Design Team member (ME!) appeared on a local Cleveland TV show in June to show viewers how easy it is to make a one of a kind button bracelet.

While there is a can of old collected buttons in a tin can shown – and they are fine to use – you may not find enough buttons in the colors you need or you may not want to use Grandmas buttons on a piece you will give away.

Our Button Bonanza packages hold enough buttons to make 2-3 bracelets and they come in lots of colors!

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Make Easy Accessories Straight From the Button Jar

While some people look at jewelry as investment pieces, keeping them to wear long-term over the years, I love bright funky jewelry that I can wear as my mood or the trends change.

Button web ring

Button web ring

This particular piece I made in under 10 minutes, using supplies I had on hand, buttons from the Mixed-Color Grab Bag from Buttons Galore & More, a large metal jewelry finding, a ring blank, and a 6 inch piece of wire.

I started by choosing buttons of different colors and sizes.  The Grab Bags are fun to use because the colors and sizes are all mixed together and it’s easy to just pluck several different buttons from the same package.  The Button Bonanzas and Button Totes would also work well to get the same look.

After choosing my buttons, I strung the wire up from the bottom button through one hole of each, then bent the wire and strung it back down through one different hole of each button.  I wanted the funky look, so for my piece it didn’t matter which hole I used or whether the button had 2 or 4 holes, I was going for the wacky stacked look.  After the buttons were strung, I fed both ends of the wire through the jewelry finding and twisted the ends of the wire together to secure, clipped the extra wire off, and pressed the twisted ends as flat against the jewelry finding as possible.

Button ring for Buttons Galore & More by Carla Schauer

I decided to use the piece as a ring, so I glued it to a ring blank using a heavy duty, multipurpose glue.  I could have also used it as a pin, a pendant, or a hair accessory.  The sky is the limit when making button accessories.  Have fun!

Carla Schauer

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Framed Flower Art from Spellbinders

Framed Flower Art from Spellbinders

Super cute framed flower art from the designers at Spellbinders. Go here to see how it’s done.

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Buttons and Embroidery Line Work

Buttons and Embroidery Line Work

Buttons and Embroidery Line Work

Isn’t this gorgeous!?!? I love the simplicity and the colors and it could easily be made to match any decor or for any holiday season too!

Be sure to visit Doe C Doe for complete instructions and you’ll find our “Shades of Red” Button Bonanza in our store so that you can make one like this for yourself!

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Buttons at CHA Summer Show 2011

Canvas Corp button art

Canvas Corp button art

I spy with my little eye… BUTTONS! Buttons seemed to be everywhere at the CHA Summer Show. I even saw plenty of things that didn’t have buttons that might have been made just a tiny bit better if they had buttons on them. But I won’t show you THOSE photos. ;)

Buttons at CHA Summer Show 2011

Faber-Castell

Several of the CHA designers got into the act when they created their Crafty Couture gowns.

Buttons at CHA Summer Show 2011

Marisa Pawelko

Buttons at CHA Summer Show 2011

Jen Goode, Carla Schauer, Theresa Cifali, Suzann Sladcik-Wilson

Jen Goode and Carla Schauer are members of our own design team AND this dress won an award! :)

Buttons at CHA Summer Show 2011

Cards at the Buttons Galore and More Booth

Buttons at CHA Summer Show 2011

Buttons Galore and More Booth Display

That one bookshelf alone has more button inspiration than most of use would ever know what to do with!

Do YOU have button craft photos from CHA? Care to share a few with our readers? Send them to buttonsgaloreteam (at) yahoo (dot) com and I’ll get some of them up to share with fellow button crafters/lovers! :)

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Mixed Media- Encaustic Art

Encaustic Art mixed media collage with buttons

Encaustic Art mixed media collage with buttons

I wanted to share a piece of Encaustic Art that I made (using beeswax medium, both in natural and pigmented red.) If you’ve ever wondered if you can use three dimensional objects with beeswax collage, I’m here to show you that you can! And buttons make nice embellishments.

I used a kit to make this piece along with some Buttons Galore and More buttons, (you can read more about that on the Craft Test Dummies blog).  I found out that if you want to add heavy bits-like the buttons- you’ll want to build a base of wax where you want them to go, and then keep it warm with a heat tool. Then place your buttons and immediately drop some hot wax on top, so that it drips through the holes and bonds with the wax underneath. Let it cool completely- it’s hard not to keep fussing with it!

Bottom line: don’t be afraid to add your favorite buttons to Encaustic art- they add a wonderful texture and dimension.

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