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But as Bowen has gotten older his naps don't usually coincide with Olivia's naps, so now my bench time is that much more precious. I apologize if I don't update my blog a whole lot; it's just something I've had to cut out along with listing jewelry for sale online.
A while ago I found some old steel cut buttons in an antique store. They were from the estate of a button collector, lovingly arranged on a card. I took one off to give to a friend who loves romantic-vintage stuff like that. The second one came off the card today when I was creating this sampler necklace inspired by another that sold right after I made it.
The floral centerpiece is a PMC piece I made, and the dangles include freshwater pearls, vintage crystals, sterling silver beads, quartz, and an antique button from my precious stash. If you've ever tried to dangle a shank button without having it tip forward or altering the shank, you know my challenge for today's studio time. Now I'm sharing my tricks with you. Here is the bail I created as a solution.
Forming the loops after putting the wire through the shank is harder than it looks, especially when using half-hard wire. Once I did that, though, I squeezed the loops tight around the shank so the bail wouldn't jiggle. Then I pressed the top of the bail forward so it would sit close to the top of the button (the center of gravity) to prevent the whole thing from tipping forward.
I did something similar with a big, orphan bead cap that has been laying on my bench for awhile. Rather than capping a huge bead, I wanted to frame a small pearl but I didn't want it to hang face-down.
I threaded the pearl, bead cap, and a small sterling bead onto a headpin, which I then bent sharply so it would stay put. I bent the headpin to follow the contour of the bead cap, through a hole in the cap's edge, and into a hanging loop.