The Button Experience
Finding the buttons is probably the toughest part. I'm always running out of larger sized buttons. I use the larger diameter buttons for the bases of the lids for the Salt Cellar Ring Boxes, Button Pendant Necklaces, and for Button Brooch Pins. As part of my full-time self-employment, I am always digging and sorting through all the vendor booths at flea markets (sometimes there are 500 vendors!). I feel the obsession to go into each vendor's booth so that I do not miss my opportunity to find the buttons. Bakelite is my favorite find! It's such an interesting history to our world and not very many people know it's importance. It was the first all-chemical plastic invented in 1907 by a Belgian chemist named Leo Baekeland. This substance was the springboard for a long future of plastic. I like to get these Bakelite buttons, and all cool old buttons, out of the closets and attics and give them a new prestigious life as new handmade items. There are so many beautiful buttons out there just waiting for me to find them!
If you have your Grandmother's buttons and you don't know what to do with them, PLEASE do not throw them away! They have such a great history and I would love to take them off your hands. Please contact me if you would like to send me your buttons and I can make you a necklace or brooch pin at a discounted price!
You can find me at many local shows in or near Rockford, IL. To see a list of my shows, please visit my main website at http://thepaperbutton.blogspot.com/p/upcoming-shows.html