Thursday, August 20, 2009

Buttons, Buttons...

Buttons have been around for a very long time and have a history that dates back to 3000 BC. They did not gain popularity and functionality as we know them till 1250 AD. My favorite website giving the history of buttons is Lands End. Think about how many items you own that use a button. What used to be an art for many is still carried on by some artists today. Different mediums are still used to make these wonderful little ornaments. Buttons can and have been made in every medium you can image.
Here are only a few examples.

Earthenware with underglazes by Tari Sasser of Creative Impressions In Clay

Earthenware with underglazes by Jennifer Heynen of Jangles

Natural Wood Buttons by Jenn at The Button Shop

Shrink Plastic Buttons by Elsita (Elsa Mora)

Polymer Clay button by Laura Timmins of Go Head Over Heels

Enamel Cloisonne Button by terrabea's

Though buttons no longer indicate a rank or status as they once did, many collect and covet buttons.
Have you hugged a button artist today?


FunkyMonkey Girls said...

I love using buttons in my jewelery as clasps, these are so beautiful wow!

Funky Monkey Girl,

Jeannie said...

Who knew buttons could be so fascinating. I have my own stash and I also love to use them in my jewelry designs.
This has inspired me to make some buttons with clay.

FunkyMonkey Girls said...

not a button comment, but your newest article isn't appearing in the blog at all...

Funky Monkey Girls,

Tari of said...

Jolene, scheduled for later. It was an oops.

Joella said...

Looove using buttons in my jewelry and crafts:) I've been making button magnets and selling them like crazy at our gallery!

FunkyMonkey Girls said...

Thanks! :) I thought my computer was going nuts on me again LOLOL


Alice said...

I'm a sucker for buttons. These are adorable! Thanks for sharing.

Cyndi L said...

I use lots of big buttons for clasps too. These are great!

Tammy said...

Beautiful buttons! I like using a cool button as part of a toggle clasp.