Saturday, 7 January 2012

Happy New Year 2012

Hello and welcome new followers! It is now well and truly 2012, and I hope it is a good year for all.

Beadwise I have slowed down a little, with the return to work, but have a new project underway. This uses one of the Czech buttons, gifted to me by Nancy Dale of NEDBeads. The clear button with AB finish presented several challenges: trying to keep both the transparency and the flash of lilac colour displayed to their best advantage meant I experimented with backing, finally using pearl grey Ultrasuede. The button itself had a self shank (ie one cast in glass, integral with the button face). I have sent a spare button to have a shank removed by a stained glass cutter, but wanted to try this one without alteration. I cut 2 donut shapes from the Ultrasuede and glued them on the back of the button using BOND 427 adhesive. When dry I cut another circle of Ultrasuede to fit the entire back and glued that over all (it was initially slightly larger then trimmed back with sharp scissors). Bezelling was done using transparent size 11 cylinder beads (Toho transparent crystal) with gilt lined alabaster size 15 (Miyuki) and transparent AB Czech charlottes to pull in. An extra row of very tiny silver plated charlottes was used on the back to really tighten the bezel. I added a 4 bead wide bail for hanging as a pendant

I like the way the AB finish really shoots colour over the piece...for something made of predominantly transparent glass it is very colourful! Next I decided to embellish the bezel, I checked my stash and found a small number of white opal bicones, not enough to do a full round on point, so I made a variation of the looped embellishment from the Auricula pendant. I used Miyuki 2211 (white lined pale lavender AB) as these toned beautifully with the button.

The same 11s and delicas were used for a 4 bead twisted herringbone rope which echos the swirls on the button and bezel. All that's left to do is to make a suitable toggle clasp for the ends of the rope...I'm having thoughts about making a twisted toggle bar, but it hasn't quite worked yet...

Any ideas for a name for this piece?


  1. It's really gorgeous, Catherine!! I so love what you did to that button, it just gleams out of it's bezel now! I'm also thrilled that you liked it so much you worked it up right away, yayyyy!! :) I'm hopeless with names, I'm forever asking people to give me suggestions, so I'm afraid I don't have any to share, but I hope you come up with one you love!

  2. It's a real stunner of a button Nancy, I couldn't resist it! It was either make something or sleep with it under my pillow!

  3. What a stunning way to displace such an amazing button. Love what you've done with it hon. No idea for names though but a twisted toggle bar sounds great. Could you bead around a shourt thickish peice of wire for the bar?

  4. That's looking fabulous, Catherine! I'm hoping I can start on mine now that all the Christmas/New Year stuff is out of the way. I reluctantly had to put it away while my nieces were coming over or I'd have lost it to one of them!. :o( I'm also hopeless with names so you're on your own there but I bet you come up with a great one, you usually do. :o)