Button Covers at John Bead

I have always loved buttons.  Vintage or new.  Glass, plastic or wood.  You name it, I collect it.  I also really enjoy making my own buttons too!  These fabric covered buttons were made in minutes!

John Bead has a huge Button Cover collection!  The sizes range from small 18mm to extra large 75mm.  These button covers are well known in the fashion trade.

Over the years I have bought my button covers at my local fabric store.  They come with a little tool but you normally only get 6 buttons to work with.  I was happy to get a bag of 100 of my favorite size at John Bead last week.  Now I can make a huge stash of them.  (John Bead does not sell the little tool)

There are many ways to incorporate buttons into jewelery making.  For this post I chose to use a simple wire choker necklace.  My buttons will not move on the necklace because I glued a small felt circle to the back of each button which will hold it in place.  I used E6000 glue.

I have a lot of fabric in my stash to choose from…..I need a couple thousand more button covers if I even want to make a dent into my collection!

Ceramic & Cloisonne Beads On A Button

I have something very different to show you today:  Beads on a Button.

The idea started when I stumbled upon this bag of beads during my last visit to the warehouse.  Have you been in the Ceramic and Cloisonne bead section at John Bead?  These beads are so wonderful..they are tiny pieces of art that should be showcased!

Then I found these button covers (available in nickle and brass.)  Hmmmmm.  Another way to wear these beads!

I knew black Apoxie Sculpt would be the ideal way to attach these beads so they would look like they were floating.  I made a small batch and covered the lid of the button cover.  The second bead I used was CLOISONNE BEADS 4x10MM TUBE.

My beads are now adhered into place.  These are very unique button covers and I can enjoy seeing my beads on a difference surface.