Marty’s vintage button collection

August 19, 2009 at 1:25 pm | Posted in buttons!, chatty, vintage treasures | 3 Comments

I mentioned in my last post that one of my lovely Bead + Button Jewelry students, Marty, brought in her antique family buttons to show us, along with some gorgeous vintage Bakelite pieces she’s found more recently. She was kind enough to let me snap photos of her beautiful collection, including the magical button tin that holds it all!

Marty's vintage button collection - the button tin

These tiny shell buttons and the larger carved ones were passed down from her grandmother.

Marty's vintage button collection - tiny mother of pearls

Marty's vintage button collection - carved shell

Look at these adorable teeny-tiny doll buttons, too!

Marty's vintage button collection - tiny mother of pearls + doll buttons

These two pairs of earrings on the right are made with some other treasured family buttons — the tiny jewels are hand-set one by one in these settings. Beautiful!

Bead + Button Jewelry - Summer of Making

And she has been collecting lots of beautiful Bakelite buttons to add to the heirlooms, too.

Marty's vintage button collection - colorful Bakelite

Marty's vintage button collection - colorful Bakelite

She mentioned that she’s found lots of her favorites through Jocelyn, who also sells buttons at The Needle and at Oregon State Button Society shows.

Marty's vintage button collection - green Bakelite

Marty's vintage button collection - red Bakelite

Marty's vintage button collection - ivory Bakelite

I can attest that Jocelyn has marvelous buttons! Here are some of my favorites from her booth at the show I went to in April.

Oregon State Button Society Show

Oregon State Button Society Show

A few other bits and pieces to mention…

A good-sized chunk of Button It Up is now up on Google Book Search if you’d like a peek at some of the housewares and embellishment projects! Please give it a good rating if you like it, that would be great.

Urban Craft Uprising was fantastic! I’ll have pictures of the fabulous Button Mania workshop Kristen Rask and I co-taught to share soon (my laptop is full to the brim and I need to start moving old photos somewhere else before I can even retrieve what’s on my camera)… but in the meantime, check out her new book, Button + Stitch, which is available for pre-order on Amazon!

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  1. Ooooooo! Those Bakelite buttons! Love them! (Have I ever mentioned that I have a Bakelite obsession that I’ve successfully kept in check for some years now?)

  2. Wow. What an amazing collection of buttons.

  3. Hallo, What a nice pearl and bakelite buttons. That type of bakelite buttons you cannot find them in the Netherland. My collection is on the website.http://www.antiquebuttons.nl
    It is great to exchange our hobby.


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