Tiny glass slippers - shank button
I've been diving in the vintage button piles again. I'm trying to thin the herd a bit so I've been pulling some aside to sell in my destash shop, some in a pile to craft with, and some in a pile to keep. I'm *trying* to keep the "keep" pile small, but it's so hard when there are so many awesome old buttons out there.
Glass buttons - art deco, china stencils, and more
What is it about buttons? It must be our inner magpies that tell us these tiny utilitarian artworks are treasures. Yet I wonder how many of us cut buttons off of our clothes anymore as our grandmothers and great-grandmothers did. How many buttons jars of history will our children inherit? I keep a jar of new buttons that have been cut from our clothing that have headed to the cleaning rag bin. It is separate from my unforgivably massive pile of vintage buttons and I have to say that buttons today just aren't as special and lovely as the old ones. Perhaps in the future when our great great grandchildren are using hologram buttons to hold on their space suits they'll look back on our canning jars of buttons and think they're pretty special. Maybe.
Glass buttons - fruit! and more
So I thought that I would post a few pictures on Mondays of some of the buttons from my bins for all of you button people out there. (and I know you're out there) If I know the history, I'll share it. If you know the history, I'd LOVE it if you would share it. In the meantime, enjoy!
Clear glass buttons
Abalone - mother of pearl
Perhaps celluloid and the green may be bakelite
This one is beautiful in person - metal 2 piece with inset glass bits