Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Harvesting pearl... buttons
It's a new month, and maybe this month I will blog more than once a week!
Did you know, if you put a bunch of buttons into a shoe box, they multiply?
Yesterday, I thought about making crafts with buttons.
Maybe some more earrings.
I took out my shoe box of random buttons, and began to sort through them.
These mother-of-pearl buttons caught my eye.
The more I sorted through the pile, the more I found.
I don't remember buying them.
Maybe I forgot?
Maybe they were Mom's.
Pretty soon I had a huge pile of summery, pearly, buttons that I had never seen before!
I had more than I would need for just earrings.
I looked up a tutorial on how to string buttons, to make a necklace.
I found instructions for the kind of necklace I wanted to make, on this blog:
It was interesting to check out her blog, too.
It is nice to see what other people are doing.
I have rarely tried to knot pearls or cord before.
It takes more concentration than connecting wire loops.
But there was no other way to make the buttons lie flat like I wanted.
I found some cord in another box.
It was all too thick to string into any buttons.
After work, I went to Michael's and bought some thinner cord from the same material.
Even this was rather thick, (but I was using the tiniest of the buttons.)
The cord only went through the holes once, but it is supposed to go through the holes twice in a sort of figure eight pattern.
I knotted it like it was, and I was not completely happy with the result.
I anticipated the cord wouldn't fit, so I also picked up some very thick thread.
I have regular sewing thread at home, but this is for upholstery.
I never noticed, because I don't do much things with thread, that Michael's does not have a good assortment of thread in the sewing department, or bead stringing material in the bead area.
I ran out of steam, and didn't really get farther than this:
I think this thread will work much better.
If I have time before work today, I will try a slightly different idea I saw on Pinterest.