Saturday, August 25, 2012

Button Obsession

Last week, I wrote about using button covers to make custom buttons for a wrap bracelet. I used flat button covers and added my team logo under a page pebble. I decided to make these for all my fellow Steeler fans for this football season and made my way to Joanne Fabrics for more flat button covers. Here's the button I was trying to reproduce.

ALL GONE! Yikes! So I searched online and found some on eBay for three times the price. The skinflint part of me decided to go to plan B. I bought some black shank buttons with a flat top and below you see the results. Just as good as the button cover version and less costly!

Then, I had a flat button I wanted to use but needed a shank button. So I searched online and found an article about how to convert flat buttons to shank buttons. The article advised the use of a size 6/0 seed bead but the ones I had on hand had holes that were too skinny for the cord size that had to pass through. So I decided to use a closed jump rink and voila! My flat button is now a custom shank button for a fraction of the price.

While in mid-obsession-frenzy, I also found a cool tool called the iTop which I did purchase. Apparently the iTop took the world by storm at the CHA conference this year. It hasn't arrived yet but when it does, I will give you a review. Meantime, I hope these suggestions help any of you who are looking to create custom shank buttons.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Yay! Football Season Is Here

It doesn't exactly feel like football season with our 118 degree temps this week but our Steeler fan club will gather tomorrow to watch the Steelers pre-season game against the Colts.

And here is a trio of Steeler bracelets to start the season off right.

On the left is a wrap bracelet, inspired when I read Lisa Peter's post about being addicted to making wrap bracelets. Never one to shy away from an obsession, I did some searches and learned that I am possibly the last beader on earth to have discovered how to make these wrap bracelets. And Lisa is right, they are addictive. After buying materials last week-end, I made the two shown above and a couple rejects. Instead of a regular old button, I bought button cover kits and made the custom buttons shown. I think the one on the right would even be good for a guy since the button is cloth and it's not too girly-looking. And nestled in the middle is my favorite cuff-style.

Below is a closer look at the wrap.
Steelers Wrap Bracelet
While I'm blogging, I'd like to congratulate the winners of this year's Wesley Cup golf tournament.

Team Good Guys, Winners 2012 Wesley Cup

And lest you think they take themselves too seriously, here is the trophy. Unfortunately it is sitting on our fireplace. (Yes, that is a chicken. Your eyes aren't playing tricks on you!)

Saturday, August 4, 2012

My Very First Guest Post

Last week, I shared news about the blog started by my brother, Paul, and his wife, Cathy. Well, my guest blog is up. Click here if you'd like to read it and see some pics that go all the way back to when I first started beading. Thanks to Paul and Cathy for inviting me!

Now I'd like to pose a question. How many of you get into a bit of trouble when your spouse or significant other is away from home? I don't mean serious trouble, but a little mischief with things they might grumble about. I guess too much time on your hands can be a dangerous thing. I had a mischief experience recently when my hubby was away playing golf. It started innocently enough when I had lunch with two friends at a tony restaurant in Scottsdale. We then headed for some chi-chi boutiques where we ooh'ed and ah'ed at all the lovelies. In one particular gallery, a beaded cow skull caught our fancy. Cow skulls are an iconic item of decor here in the Southwest but the process of adding beads and paint just took my breath away. We were mesmerized by them and even more fascinated by the price tags. Not inexpensive!

All three of us being crafty types started discussing how we might create one. Well, my friend, Janet, was the first to give it a try and below is her inaugural effort. We took the picture at work so the lighting doesn't do it justice - pretty darn amazing for cow skull #1.
Janet's Creation
Inspired by Janet's bravery, I procured my very own skull.

I found a great article online with prep instructions and here I am just getting ready to clean the skull.

Then, I had to wrap the horns before I added a coat of paint.

Here it is after the first coat of paint. I took the pic outside so  you could see the metallic aspect of the Rust-oleum Metallic Antique Brass.

Now I just need to figure out the bead design so check back to see the finished product!
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