I love buttons and so I am excited to be participating in Michelle Mach‘s Button Swap. As I explained on Tuesday, Michelle, the former editor of Beading Daily, paired all the button lovers up. We exchanged buttons and today we reveal what we made with our new buttons. For more details you can read “New Buttons”.
My partner, Stephanie LaRosa sent me this stunning castle button. When I saw the open-work at the top of the button I immediately knew that I wanted to use the openings at the top to string the necklace. Although I wasn’t entirely sure how, I figured that I could use the shank in the back to attach sterling silver dangles. I named this necklace: Castles in the Sky.
I selected two lampwork (handmade glass) beads from Beads and Botanicals to set the color theme for the whole necklace. These organically shaped, lampwork glass beads have fine silver tracings over sea-foam green, turquoise and swirls of cranberry and amber. To highlight these gorgeous beads I placed a beautiful sterling silver bead cap at the base of each bead and added a sterling silver lentil-shaped bead at the top.
The remainder of the necklace includes lovely carved jade beads, aventurine and glass. Visual interest is added with parts of the necklace designed with a single strand of beads and parts of the necklace displaying clusters of three strands.
Castles in the Sky and it is now available in my ArtFire studio.
Blog Hop & Giveaway
Itching to see more great button creations? Here are the links to all the other artisans who are participating the button exchange.
And, as an added bonus: Michelle Mach is having a giveaway! Here’s how it works: if readers comment on any (or all) blogs, they can win a set of buttons. The full rules are on Michelle’s blog, but basically, each comment on a different blog gets you one entry. So if you comment on all posts, that would be 25 entries! But if you comment 25 times on my blog, that only counts as one entry. The giveaway is open to everyone.
Have fun visiting these blogs and discovering all the cool things that people made with their buttons.
1. Cat – Boo Beads
2. Cindy – Sweet Bead Studio
3. Cory – Art with Moxie
4. Cyndi – Beading Arts
5. Dita – Alankarshilpa
6. Donna, Marti, and Michelle – Beads & Books
7. Erin – Treasures Found
8. Hope – Crafty Hope
9. Inca – Zerenity Design
10. Katrine – Army of Sock Monsters
11. Krista – French Elegant Jewelry
12. Kristie – Artisan Clay
13. Linda D. – Lutka and Co.
16. Lori – Pretty Things
17. Loretta – Loretta’s Boutique
18. Malin – Beading by Malin de Koning
19. Mary – MK’s Creative Musings
20. Maryanne – Zingala’s Workshop
21. Melinda – Melinda Orr Metal & Clay Jewelry Designs
22. Saskia – Perlendistel
23. Shannon – For My Sweet Daughter
24. Shirley – Beads and Bread
25. Stephanie – Confessions of a Bead Hoader