Black & Silver Postmodern Victorian Necklace
by Terrie Marcoe.
(New Paltz, NY and Joshua Tree, CA)
I love vintage and antique sewing buttons, and have quite a cache, which I use to make ponytail holders for my Talisman Studios shop on Etsy.
I pride myself in using them in a way that does not damage the buttons – they remain their value as collectible items.
On occasion, I use them in my jewelry work, and here I am showcasing my most recent piece. It is a princess length pendant necklace, with a focal point being a 1940’s Czech glass button.
The button is old factory stock, and has never been used until now. All these years, waiting in a bin, to find it’s purpose.
The button is an intaglio design featuring a dainty wildflower. The jet black base of the button really provides a good contrast for the silver accent. Masterful Czech button makers took full advantage of their skill with the crisp and delicate details.
To compliment the button, I have used black and silver seed beads in a seemingly random pattern, and included shiny black glass rondelle beads to add interest in the neckline. A trio of fringe ends are placed below the focal button, which balances the design and helps hold the button in position.