Past Meets Present with Vintage Button Jewelry
by Terrie Marcoe.
(New Paltz, NY and Joshua Tree, CA)
I have make ponytail holders from antique sewing buttons since about 1998, and it was only a few years ago that I thought about using the buttons for jewelry.
Interestingly, my first pair, just a simple wire-wrap to drop from ear wire, was what led me to beadworking!
I was disappointed in the plainess of the design, and realized that adding a few beads would dress it up. Off I went to the local bead store and – the beading hook was set!
Since then I have used my vintage/antique buttons a bit in jewelry, but more often use contemporary components. This piece, however, is constructed of vintage buttons and beads(modern clasp/crimp beads and wire).
I was quite pleased with the finished pieces, and hope that it eventually finds a good home.
Since then I have made a few similar style necklaces, of different buttons and color themes, and recently decided that I may begin using contemporary Czech buttons as well (which will allow me to create multiple pieces of the same, rather than the one-of-a-kind that vintage button pieces often tend to be).