Saturday, May 9, 2009
We all have a collection of buttons even if it's just a few to make clothing repairs. For those of us with limited space this is a good collection for you, hundreds of buttons take up very little space.
Buttons are made up of all sorts of materials, including ivory, pearl, glass, horn, bone, enamel, silver, jewels, pottery, rubber, composition, shell, wood, lucite , plastic, fabric and celluloid.
Buttons were first made during the Bronze age, more than 3,000 years ago, but they were decorative-not practical fasteners. Within a thousand years, the Greek and Romans had figured out that buttons could be pushed through loops of thread to keep garments closed. It took another millennium for the creation of the buttonhole and still another for people to start collecting buttons for the sake of collecting.
Here are just a few of mine that will someday be used in my jewelry designs.