Saturday, March 13, 2010

~vintage cuff bakelite bracelet and assemblage necklace~

I love to  recycle, reuse, and re purpose stuff.
With my passion for collecting vintage buttons, findings and jewelry
 I created the above bracelet and necklace.

I used wide black waistband elastic 
and sewed on 50 of my old bakelite buttons,
 layering 2 and 3 at a time.
 I started in the center and worked to each side.
After sewing on buttons
 I hand stitched elastic ends together.
 Easy project....just takes time.

The other day my friend Penny and I
 got together for a fun girls "play day"  
we wanted to try our hand at assemblage jewelry.
 We never make a thing that day LOL...
just chatted for hours and
 showed off our vintage findings.
 I'd like to stop and thank my dear friend
 for sending me many of her fabulous vintage findings.
How kind she was to share her treasures with me,
 bless her sweet heart!!
With some of my own old stuff
I put together this necklace.
 I added buckles, marcasite buttons,
 and cross from an old rosary
to a sterling silver chain.

On to my next project
a vinatge white mother of pearl bracelet!


Diva Kreszl said...

oh how absolutely beautiful, and such fun colors too! I love it!!!

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Oh my gosh..........DELISH! I love your old buttons. I actually just finished a button bracelet last night....Mine is black glass and rhinestone buttons....I was amazed how long it took to sew all those buttons on that dang elastic. I thought it would be about a 20 minute project. It took TWO days. :-)

Warm blessings,

Anonymous said...

So bright & beautiful!! Just right for an end of winter outfit!!
Enjoy the Weekend!

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

There is just no end to your talents, sweet friend! I'm especially crazy for that silver assemblage necklace!!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

It's Jan! said...

Mary, you are so clever! I love the bracelet. I have a small collection of vintage buttons (boring comupared to the treasure you have) but I HATE to sew on buttons.

No kidding, when my husband loses a button on his clothes, I send them to the cleaners with a note!

Wonder if they would sew the buttons on the bracelet for me?

Just kidding!!! I'm going to try something like this for myself!!!

Big old hug for you, Mary...

Anonymous said...

Love the bracelets. Twenty years ago I made two matching button bracelets for my little daughter and her best friend. They loved them and still have them. What fun!

Joyfulsister said...

Hi Mary!!
I love the bracelet, and your wondcerful button collection. I just started collecing buttons. here in Hawaii there is not too much areas to buy vintage items. I get buttons when my friends go to visit the states and they bring some home for me lol.

Hugz Lorie

Cheryl Patterson said...

The cross necklace is gorgeous. Until I read that you made it, I assumed it to be a lovely vintage piece you bought. It's quite a talent you have - a great eye for the neatest and prettiest things.

All the best,


Alison Gibbs said...

Love the button cuff and how wonderful your necklaces are

The Urban Chic said...

Mary, my daughter would scream over that bracelet. I wish I could find buttons like that. Mine are all dark bakelite from the 40s. I have a huge jar and they are just too big for a bracelet, so I usually use them on my crafts. Can't wait to see what you do with mother of pearl. Love and Blessings,Pat

Melony at Whimsy Daisy! said...

I am so inspired by your button bracelet. I want to make one too. I don't have as wonderful "supplies" as you do, but surely I could come up with something. Wonderful creation, girl! :)