Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Top Tip Tuesday - Show Me Those Buttons....!

Our teammate Samantha is responsible for this week's mayhem at Top Tip Tuesday! She has made a superb tutorial for altering buttons!

I can't tell you the mess I got into with this fiddly pass-time - my fingers just ain't the right size and shape for faffing about with lickle buttons...!

So I ended up doing a BIG button and made a BIG mess...! LOL!
Thanks to the fab tutorial though, all was not lost and I managed this....!

I do apologize for the terrible photos but I'd already altered the button before I realized my camera was on the wrong setting! It looked okay through the lens - honest...!

I started out with a big, plain black button with radiating divisions across it. 

So, I then triple embossed it with an embossing pad and  'Moonglow' Stardust Candy - 'rose' embossing powder.  There was embossing powder everywhere! I'm still wiping it up a week later ! LOL!
I then stamped into the last still hot layer with an inked up rubber stamp only for the ink to wipe off all over my fingers when it had cooled! I guess I should have used Staz-on or something!

Last of all I used my copic black to mark the divisions again, added another, small black button to the centre and ran a length of embroidery silk through the button-holes a couple of times before adhering the lace round the back of the rim .

And here it is finished! 
 I actually like it very much and have already used it on my project for last week's Crafty Cardmakers demo!  I will have another go and persevere until I am an expert like Samantha!

Here is my second attempt.  Large green 'cup' shaped button into which I placed a few sequins and then filled with Glossy Accents (I threaded a piece of green wire through the button-holes first to create an 'anchor').

I then added to the still-wet GA some green Micro-beads and some small watch bits - cogs and the like.

When dry, I threaded the grosgrain ribbon through the dungaree-buckle and then attached the button via the wire to the buckle. I then added a vintage plastic buckle to the ribbon too.

I then added more bits and pieces and would probably still be attaching them if time allowed! LOL!

And now it's a rather steampunk brooch!

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  1. Cool broch - very clever indeedy! Cheers Claire x

  2. love the brooch you have given me food for thought thanks!

  3. WOWSERS Ei this is really funky. Sounds like it gave you a huge amount of pleasure in creating it as well.

    Lin xx


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