Blogger was all pre-menstrual again yesterday – I wasn’t able to comment on any blogs for a while or even log into mine, so I went off in a strop to find my glue-gun. [The choice of the crap crafter. Also my superhero weapon.]
And now I’m feeling quite pleased with myself. I love jewellery, and have managed to create a host of new pretties to wear, costing mere pennies. Earlier in the week I’d decided to glue a brooch pin to the back of a domino, and dizzied with the success of this 15 second project, decided to take the plunge into making rings. Yes, I actually glued things to ring bases. Vintage buttons, to be precise. The Comtesse de Ferveur mentioned one a friend had made her, and it was a light-bulb moment. I’d do a tutorial, but this is advanced craft of the most challenging kind, I’m not sure you knitters and dressmakers would get your heads around its complexities *smirk*
Obligatory arty Etsy style shot
But seriously, they’re quite cool, don’t you think? The only effort involved is when the buttons have a shank, as you need to remove this before you glue it to the ring base. The black plastic button I attacked with a hacksaw, and the vintage metal anchor button took pliers. Then I used sandpaper to get the back as smooth as possible. Use plenty of glue, and I’d recommend warming the ring up a bit first, or the glue just sets
on the cold metal before you can attach anything.
Star button via Ebay
Nice manicure, shame I forgot the handcream
A trio of happiness
Vintage metal, Mother of Pearl, Plastic
[Screenshot from QVC]
Anchor brooch by Stolen Thunder
Today's Exclusive - 11 spot Domino brooch
Vintage button from Gran's collection
Having serious anchor love at the moment
As you can probably tell, I'm really taken with this idea, and will doubtless never need to buy a ring again by the end of the week. I'm thinking that a plastic apple button would make a great homage to Marc Jacobs - or alternatively cute party bag gifts for a little girl's birthday.
Oh, and I made this ribbon corsage type thing as well - with an actual needle and thread! I know this idea entered my head via blogland, but no clue where - sorry if it was yours and I haven't credited you - let me know.
Go forth, and accessorize!
If you haven't joined the swap yet - I'm closing it later today as I have a big spreadsheet to wrestle with!
Trashion Magazine is out now - so this will be your last chance to win the launch issue
This is my Monthly Make for May
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