If you want to buy one of these necklaces, you can do so here.
For a while I’ve been pondering the idea of making a button necklace that doesn’t use any metal parts. There are two reasons – one is that lots of people are sensitive to metals, and while I mostly use surgical steel fitting these days, which a lot of people are all right with, it doesn’t cover everyone. The other reason is that using any metal at all has an environmental impact. This is something I think about a lot, particularly given that jewellery is, if we’re honest, rather a non-essential frippery. I am working to improve on my overall environmental impact in running a jewellery making business, although it’s a slow, complicated process from where I am at the moment and deserves a whole post of its own (hopefully someday soon…).
On with the necklaces! These are the first few colour schemes I’ve made, and there’s also the option of choosing your own colours on my custom button jewellery page. The maximum length of these necklaces is 65cm, and from there they can be adjusted to any length down to as tight as is comfortable around your neck, as a choker. The knotted clasp holds the threads in place, or you can tie them up for extra security at the back if you prefer.
You can see the whole collection in my online shop here.
More custom button necklaces! I’ve made two different variations on my chunky cord button necklaces, which are normally a medium length (around 46 – 56cm). This week, one person wanted extra long necklaces at 75cm, and someone else (separately) wanted a short choker at 37cm.
If you’re looking for a custom button necklace like these – or one that’s a different length – you can get in touch here.
I’ve posted a parcel full of customised button jewellery for Amanda, who asked me if I could make a choker-length button necklace. There are two chokers, made with big chunky buttons:
Also in the parcel were four stretchy button bracelets:
Here’s the whole collection together. The other necklace in the order is one of my very popular mustard, burgundy and teal button necklaces – but this one was made to a specific length.
My pre-made, ready-to-ship button necklaces aren’t normally made to exact lengths, as the length is determined by which buttons I think look best together – but if you do want a particular length, I can make one to order to your measurements. (Or I can add an extension chain, if you want to lengthen an existing necklace.)
The Beachcomber necklace is made from selected contents from my box of Things, which were collected over many years, and not necessarily always intentionally. Originally the box was somewhere to put unrelated might-be-useful-one-day small objects; eventually it became more curated as I realised that all the bits and pieces might one day become new pieces of jewellery. And one day they did:
This necklace is a longer length than many of the necklaces I make, measuring 64.5cm. It’s made with upcycled twisty gold-toned chain from a broken necklace that I inherited from somewhere (a friend of a relative who was having a clearout and sent their broken things to me? Although this seems to happen so often that I don’t remember who it was, now…). There are all sorts of old and new, found and donated things attached – old coins, a ceramic miniature teapot, beads and buttons and charms, a ring, seashells and a wooden carving.
Necklaces like this one are among my favourite things to make because they’re unique, unconventional, and mostly recycled. (They’re also a useful conversation-starter when I wear them to parties.)
You can find out more about this necklace (or even buy it!) here.
I’ve just been updating the button drop earrings section of my button jewellery shop. For a long time I’ve been making button earrings with multiple buttons in rows, or stacked on top of each other, like this…
…and I’ve added a few new designs in these styles. But I also thought it was time for something new, and I’ve also added a whole bunch of more minimalist button earrings, made with just one quite small button on each earring hook. There are some made with the 9mm buttons I use for my stud earrings, in lots of different colours – plus a few with flower shaped buttons, and some made of wood. You can browse the whole collection here.
Last month I made an interesting bundle of custom wedding jewellery. Jenny from Kendal spotted my bunting necklaces with the map design, and got in touch to ask whether I could make some similar ones for her bridesmaids, but with maps of her chosen locations on the bunting pieces. She supplied me with map snippets as a pdf, which I printed out and used to make the necklaces.
On one side all the necklaces are the same, featuring places around Glaramara in the Lake District. These necklaces aren’t usually double sided, but these ones also have maps on the back of each piece – featuring places connected to each bridesmaid, so they’re all different.
I’ve been making bracelets from my hoard of beads and bits and pieces. The hoard came about for various reasons: one reason is that there are leftovers from previous beading projects; another is that sometimes pieces of my own jewellery have broken and never ended up being fixed, or were so badly broken that it wasn’t worth repairing them. Then there is the slightly weird reason that sometimes when I buy a stash of vintage buttons, or receive one as a donation, there are a few beads in with the buttons. This happens surprisingly often, I suppose because they’re a similar size and people tend to just shove them into their button tins for tidiness. My mum gives me piles of beads too – she seems to mysteriously acquire them as well (I think people give them to here on the basis that she is an Arty Person and thus will know what to do with them).
My latest bracelets are in the mixed media bracelets section. They’re made with memory wire, which is a useful type of wire that is flexible but also holds its shape, meaning the bracelet can stretch to fit different wrist sizes while still retaining a firm, round shape. It also means they don’t need to fasten at the ends, which means they’re really easy to put on and take off (and I am a great fan of bracelets that are easy to put on and take off without having to fiddle with clasps).
Each one is unique, although as they sell I am replacing them with new ones in similar colour schemes (until the beads run out, anyway!).
You can find these bracelets here.
The beads are lovely Czech glass, with the leaf veins filled with gold paint that has a kind of antiqued effect. You can choose between silver plated earring hooks as a budget option (£6) or solid sterling silver for £7.50.
In the accessories section, I’ve just added a collection of button purses. These are handmade from 100% cotton fabrics in various different prints, and decorated with buttons that co-ordinate with the fabrics and zips. The fabrics are a mix of spotty, floral and paisley designs. Each one is unique. You can browse the purses section here.
These purses are handy for holding loose change, business cards, receipts, store cards, bank cards and any other general bits and pieces that you might find in a larger bag and in need of containing. I keep several of them in my larger bags that I occasionally swap between – when I’m going for a long walk, I use one of these to hold a bit of cash and my keys inside a rucksack, rather than taking my entire handbag with all its day-to-day nonsense (I mean, I don’t need my Boots Advantage Card and eye-liner and train-ticket holder when I’m going for a walk…)
These might even work as a soft, unusual mobile phone case, if you have a phone that fits – they measure 13x8cm, or 5×3″.
Talking of the purse dimensions, it’s probably worth mentioning for the benefit of my American customers: I’m using the word “purse” in the British sense of the word, here – a small bag for holding coins, rather than a larger bag to hold everything (known here as a “handbag”). So make sure you check the measurements are going to be right for you before buying!