Sea Air Arts; handmade fused glass buttons

Imlay City, Michigan 102 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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Sea Air Arts; handmade fused glass buttons

Imlay City, Michigan | 102 Sales

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Deborah Pym Harowitz

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Deborah Pym Harowitz

Announcement    Sea Air Arts on Etsy: fused glass buttons - with a Modern Bohemian flare!.
Art-Scale your wearables with unique, handmade buttons. Use the category links at left for easy shopping.

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Sea Air Arts on Etsy: fused glass buttons - with a Modern Bohemian flare!.
Art-Scale your wearables with unique, handmade buttons. Use the category links at left for easy shopping.

New to Etsy? This will help!


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When I was a kid I made Barbie clothes and pawed through my Mom's button box for that perfect button to make her a hat (Barbie, not my Mom). Then for the perfect button for my teddy bear's shirt. Then for the perfect buttons for the first dress I sewed myself. It kind of all went crazier from there.

My first love is wearable art. My ability to find really great buttons for my artsy clothing was a serious issue for me. In my quest to that end - DH, who plays with glass and fire, was my go-to guy for fused glass buttons. He eventually convinced me that I could learn to make them myself (no doubt, in self defense). He patiently taught me the finer points of COE, ramping schedules and bubble soaks. He even bought me my first programmable kiln for Christmas that year. I dipped in my toe and became hopelessly hooked. Pulling glass from a kiln is as much of an adventure as pulling yarn from a dye pot. Awesome!

I am a maker through and through. I dabble in a variety of mediums: hot glass, dyeing, surface design, knitting, weaving, sewing, art quilting, jewelry making, mixed media art, spinning... shall I go on? The point is I know what needs to go into a finished product and I make buttons with a knowledge of what is needed for a garment or accessory. Each button is made because I want to use it - but let's face it, one country house (even with several studios) can only hold so much - hence Etsy.

Mostly, I'm just mad about buttons. I firmly believe that if someone creates unique wearable art, it deserves unique art buttons. I do get bored easily, so I don't do repeats much. Most of my designs are limited editions or one-of-a-kind but, I do have some repeatable designs that I offer to my retail and wholesale customers. For information go to These will continue to be available until I can't stand to make them anymore or the glass used becomes unavailable. Since I use artisan glass that is hand made in the US, it's availability can be a bit in flux.

I try to use local materials made in the United States as much as possible. A native of Seattle, I have lived in several states (from Alaska to Virginia, currently in Michigan) so, local to me is the whole country! I use glass made in Oregon (Bullseye and Uroboros), West Virgina (Wissmach), and Michigan (Royal). I use professional kilns with programmable firing modules to control the fusing and annealing process, thus eliminating human error (and the urge to "rush" it). Beads and glass items made in the torch are also annealed properly in these same kilns. The vital step of annealing insures that even though these items are made of glass, they are reasonably durable and should last for years of use. That said, they are glass. A sudden shock or striking them sharply on a hard surface in just the right place will probably result in a break. Since I cannot duplicate most of my designs, treat them with care and respect as a replacement is sometimes difficult. I happily guarantee against backs falling off and anything arriving damaged. Just let me know if you have a problem with anything and I will get it taken care of.

Each button, even those that are repeatable (to some degree) or made in sets, are individually hand made. Without molds or big machines (aside from my trusty band saw and grinder), so there will be differences in shape, size, or even color (glass has dye lots - who knew?!). I work to keep sets as consistent as possible but hand made is what it is! No button goes out that I would not use myself, I care about quality in what I use and what I make. I'm always in pursuit of the perfect back, glass, or color. I want my buttons and their owners to be happy! :-) Every button is guaranteed.

Some of the other items I make - finished gift items, jewelry and art - can be found in my other Etsy shop, AScatteredCreative I do a few local (SE Michigan) shows a year so watch the Events page on my website or the Etsy Shop Announcements for news of what is coming.

Revel in Color!
Deb H

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  • Deborah P Harowitz

    Owner, Designer

    I am Deborah Pym Harowitz and I play with fire. Also, glass, yarn, fabric, beads, metal... You get the idea. I can be found in any of my 3 home studios or visit my links below. For more info go to

  • Jack Harowitz


    My wonderful, supportive hubby who serves as slave labor for cutting glass, glueing backs, fixing equipment, and building work benches. My "Jack of all skills" who also makes lampworked beads in his rare spare time. (Graphic -

Shop policies

Last updated on September 15, 2016
Welcome to my "Shop Policies".
Please read the entire section through carefully before placing your order. Adherence to the posted policies will help keep the costs of items down.

Deb H

Accepted payment methods

Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
Returns are Cheerfully allowed for
- a defect in workmanship
- if we ship the wrong item
- if you feel an item is not as it was represented to be in our Etsy Shop
- or if you just truly hate it.
We will work with you to resolve the situation as quickly as possible.

Please make sure your color choices are what you want and the item is truly to your liking before ordering. Shipping is only refundable if there is an item defect, shipping of wrong item, or mis-representation of item.

Every effort will be made to pack items carefully. Should an item be damaged in shipping contact me immediately, we will work together with the Post Office for resolution. If the order is insured, this will be easier and I will help all I can from my end. Upon resolution, I will replace it with a similar item in type and cost. Be aware that many of my hand made items are "one of a kind" and cannot be duplicated. On the up side; in all the seven years I have had online businesses (A Scattered Creative, Scarlet Zebra Fiber Art Supplies), I NEVER had a package damaged or lost in the mail. Knock on wood. :o)
All payments go through PayPal or Etsy Direct Checkout.

Both are exceedingly easy and secure. Etsy Direct Checkout is built-in to your Etsy account.

Have a PayPal account you want to use? Your purchase will be processed through PayPal and will show up on your CC statement as “PayPal *SeaAirArts” (unless they have updated that feature) but other than that, it is no different than any other credit card payment. The benefit to both of these systems is that both PayPal and Etsy have been around for years and are very reliable and secure. Also, I (or any other merchant who uses them) will never have access to your credit card information or number, keeping you even safer.

Both are free to the buyer, any fees charged for transactions are paid by the seller (except if paying in a non USA currency, there is a small conversion fee paid by the buyer).
Non USA buyers are responsible for all Customs & Duty fees.
All items listed in my shop are made and ready to ship. Shipping and order processing takes 1 to 3 days, depending on my day-job schedule, or if it falls on a weekend. Orders received Friday, Saturday or Sunday (before 5 pm) will usually ship on Monday as long as it's not a US holiday.
For special orders/requests please contact me or visit my web store at

Shipping costs on my listings are an educated guess. Orders of multiple items will be combined for shipping when possible and charged accordingly, this usually works out cheaper for the buyer and I like to keep both our costs as low as possible. Since you have already paid for your order, you will be refunded any shipping charges that exceed $1.50 over actual shipping costs.
Shipping is US Priority Mail. It allows me to track the package and the delivery times are reliably quick (especially in the case of International orders). Packages also have a much better chance of actually arriving at their destination. All orders that total over $50.00 (US) before adding tax or shipping will be insured for both of our protection. International shipping is calculated at a guess, you can message/e-mail me for a more precise quote. Nothing will be shipped until all payments are received.

Some small, inexpensive items will be shipped by first class mail and you should see those prices reflected in the shipping cost for those items. Please let me know in the notes section of the checkout page if you prefer Priority or Express Mail instead.

I will ship to all US holdings as well as Canada, Ireland, Great Britain, Australia, and New Zealand. Other locations will be considered on an individual basis.
Additional policies and FAQs
I'm not disciplined enough to do commissions as a rule. However, if you like a certain button but need more of them, or want it in another color - lets talk!

I have recently done some buttons to match handwoven fabric for local artists - they have turned out well and I'm willing to try. Let me know if you are interested in having a go!

Wholesale inquiries for fused glass buttons are welcome.