Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Button Stash & New Acquisitions

Good morning, dear readers!
It's Election Day here in the USA- if you have not voted already, please do so.  We will be heading out to vote as soon as the polls open this morning.
I spent a good portion of yesterday digging through the closet in the Atelier.  This was a very good thing to do because I found several items I'd "hidden" from myself.  The long lost jar of MOP (mother-of-pearl) antique buttons was found behind a large box of fingering weight wool.  It had somehow slid behind and I was so pleased to find it!  I went through the jar, sorted and cleaned the buttons and placed them in an organizer on my jewler's bench.  Here are just a few of the buttons:
Can't you just see all of the lovely pendants and brooches that these will make?!?  What do you think- shall I do a special piece for a giveaway event?  Pendant or brooch?  Leave your comments on this post and I'll announce in tomorrow's post what event I'll do.
Oh- I forgot to post images of my new acquisitions!  A dear friend of mine (Tommee) is a big fan of vintage jewelry.  She is moving into creating her own OOAK jewelry and is thinning out her vintage costume jewelry stock.  I was lucky enough to acquire a Whiting & Davis intaglio brooch and pendant:
The thing that makes Whiting & Davis so special is the superior mountings they used and the fact that they used rock crystal, not glass, for the intaglios.
I also have a gold-toned brooch like this that I'm working on.
So many anchoring possibilities are on both the brooch and pendant!  What colors should I use on these?  I have some wonderful dyed pearls and Swarovskis that would be great accents.  Any suggestions???
Well, Lily is spinning and Jim is grumbling.  Time for a run after I give the old bear his coffee.  May you have a fantastic day full of creativity & don't forget to tell me what you'd like the next giveaway event to be in the comments!!!  Until Wednesday~
Happy Tatting!


  1. All those buttons and the pendant and brooch are going to look stunning with your talented tatting on them!!! :)

  2. Whatever you do with the pendants and buttons, I am sure they will be beautiful! If you choose a give away, please count me in. I need the challenge of a pretty button!

  3. Those buttons are just itching to be used in something special, I think a pendant in your giveaway would be nice.
    Hope you have a good day.

  4. I already love buttons, and because of your talent and tatting, you have inspired me to make some button snowflakes of my own :) what ever you make will be beautiful!

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  6. Sorry about the last comment. This iPad is hard to type on without errors. I love the large button in the center, with the holes around the edge. I can't wait to see what you do with it.

  7. The broach and pendant you acquired are going to be very pretty. I can't imagine anyone one not being pleased with one of your button creations in a giveaway. As Caseymini stated, the large button in the middle will be stunning, but I rather like the octagonal button on the left.

  8. As I have a collection of pendants and wear them all the time, I would love to have the opportunity to win a pendant made from one of those lovely MOP buttons! How neat that you found them! Of course, I wouldn't turn down a brooch, either! It would be a privilege to own one of your original pieces of tatted jewelry!

    It's amazing how many filigree pieces come your way! You should have a field day with those sent by your friend!