Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Czech Glass Buttons

I have a new obsession...czech glass buttons, whether vintage or new. These gorgeous little beauties can be all sorts of iridescent hues, with nature or art deco designs. I have been creating some wonderful pieces with them.


Czech Glass Buttons have been made for over 100 years and today many are still made by hand or by hand and machine. It is a many- step process to create these little works of art, but the results are well worth it!


For my creations, I have removed the shank from the back very carefully. As many of these are foiled to produce an iridescent colour, you could remove some of the foil, leaving an uncoloured spot which shows through on the front of your button. I have then set the button onto many layers of aged brass filigree. Many of the buttons I have used are large, approx 2" in diameter, so I've chosen dramatic filigree and frames to use as settings.





These particular buttons came from an etsy seller, AllBohemianGlass . She has a wonderful selection and very reasonable prices. I was also surprised by how quickly I received my purchase!

Hope you enjoy these as much as I have!

9 comments:

ChezChani said...

Those are so beautiful! I've always had an interest in creating jewelry out of buttons. I like using things for something other than what they are created for.

willow said...

me too! that's why these were so wonderful to work with. I love the colours and designs available....

KimberlyRies said...

Those are beautiful! I love the dragonflies!

willow said...

Thanks Kim! I do too and I've been playing with these a BUNCH. I should have a few new pieces soon. I'm off work the next 5 days to rest (this pregnancy is kicking my butt!!) so I imagine a lot will be rolling out of my studio!

lefty said...

sorry, I can't see where else to ask, but is there anywhere else I can contact you to make a commission? I don't really like etsy, but I do like what I see and would like (if you do commissions) to hire you to make something specific. Please contact me @ supercrackhead@hotmail.com

Nishant said...

I like using things for something other than what they are created for.

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