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?

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9 Comment

  1. FunkyMonkey Girls
    August 20, 2009 at 6:11 pm

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

    Funky Monkey Girl,

  2. Jeannie
    August 20, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    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.

  3. FunkyMonkey Girls
    August 20, 2009 at 8:56 pm

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

    Funky Monkey Girls,

  4. Tari of ClayButtons.com
    August 20, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Jolene, scheduled for later. It was an oops.

  5. Joella
    August 20, 2009 at 9:23 pm

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

  6. FunkyMonkey Girls
    August 20, 2009 at 9:49 pm

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


  7. Alice
    August 22, 2009 at 1:30 pm

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

  8. Cyndi L
    January 8, 2010 at 3:27 pm

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

  9. Tammy
    January 10, 2010 at 6:49 pm

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

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