Wednesday 19 December 2012

"buttons - part 2"

As I had promised earlier, I am going reveal the content of the altered tin-box with the "buttons" book plate today.

So... drums, please! it comes: a buttons bracelet for my sister!

I was working on it for quite a while, as a nasty facial neuritis and/or the medication against it have been slowing me down for almost the last two months, which made tiny crafting and reading (and also commenting - sorry for that, folks!) quite exhausting for me. And it also took numerous attempts to fix the buttons to the bracelet as shown in the "Distressables 2" book by Tim Holtz.

There the buttons were fixed with thin wire, but I wasn't content with the curled up ends of the wire, as they always would stand out (at least a little) no matter how tight I curled the wire and I was afraid they might pull strings from one's clothing or scratch the skin. So after a few failures I decided to sew the buttons to the bracelet rather than use wire.

So I had to sew at least twenty-five buttons to the small rings of the bracelet. (Did I already mention how much I love sewing buttons?).

 But first I had to glue the transparent buttons onto some scraps of design paper, using transparently drying glue. Then they had to be cut out and coloured on the backsides (which I did with Distress stains "brushed pewter" to match the silvery look of the bracelet). I also sealed that with one layer of glossy Mod Podge to make it a bit more "waterproof".

For the inside of the tin box I wanted to have a "mould" that would hold the bracelet in place. Therefore I glued a small oval piece of thick corrugated card to a larger oval piece that fitted the size of the tin box and covered it with the lovely 7 Gypsies "Paris" collage tissue paper. Some more crumpled up tissue paper to cover the bracelet against the lid of the box - done!

(Hope, my sister will like her present!)

I am entering Simon Says Stamp and Show's "gift-spiration" challenge with this project.


  1. Von wegen: Diamonds are a girls best friend... Dein Knopfarmband ist der Hammer. Darüber würde ich mir ein zweites Loch in den Bauch freuen(:o)Zusammen mit der genial gempimpten Dose, ein richtig wertvolles Geschenk. Liebevoller von Hand gemacht geht nicht.- Ich hoffe, dir geht es jetzt etwas besser. Fühl dich gedrückt..

  2. The altered box is so LOVELY, and now with the necklace it's even more a real gift... Lucky sister

  3. Gasp! Stunning!! Wish I was your sister!!! One of the most beautiful things I have ever seen posted, ever. Hugs, Jenny x

  4. Boah, die Box ist genial und die Knöpfe auch. Beides ist so liebevoll gewerkelt, liebe Claudia. Irgendwann hole ich mir dieses Rost-Set auch, gefällt mir immer besser, was Frau damit machen kann.

    Ich wünsche Dir schöne Feiertage und einen guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr.

    Liebe Grüße

  5. This is such a special gift Claudia. In fact I wish I were your sister!
    So special for when she opens that spectacular tin to reveal a gift that will be unique to her.
    Absolutely adore it.

  6. Wow this one amazing gift! I'm sure your sister will love it, the box is as pretty as the bracelet! You should enter it to Simon Says Stamp and Show, where it's gift-spiration! Hugs, Sandra

  7. Wow - this is seriously FABULOUS! You have a lucky sister! Merry Christmas Claudia, Nicola x

  8. Oh, Claudia - breathtaking work... this is simply stunning - a real labour of love! (And if your sister doesn't like it - which is sadly impossible - I can give it a home where it would be treasured!!) Do hope you are somewhat recovered in time for Christmas, and to create more masterpieces like this... unbelievable work!
    Alison xx

  9. This is gorgeous! I LOVE your altered tin box with all of the small buttons inside...each a work of art! Your box is beautifully done. I love the ornate plate and flower on the top. Thanks so much for sharing your box with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  10. Meines Erachtens bist Du eine Perfektionistin!Meine Güte das ist bis ins kleinste Detail ausgeklügelt ..und die Nerven die DU bewagrt hast um das ganze Projekt durchzuziehen! Alle Achtung!


    Mensch ich hoffe es geht Dir bald wieder richtig gut Claudia!
    schon Dich noch ein bissl!
    ach leicht gesagt - Weihnachten -Familie!


    lg Susi

  11. Die tolle Box ist das reinste Schmuckkästchen und das Armband ist so originell, Deine Schwester wird begeistert sein! Ein richtiges Kunstwerk hast Du wieder gefertigt.
    Weiterhin gute Wünsche für Dich :-)
    LG Anja

  12. What a lovely gift! Love, love, love the buttons box with the buttons bracelet...what a lucky sister you have!

  13. This is absolutely beautiful artwork!!!

  14. What a wonderful gift. The bracelet and box are just gorgeous!

  15. This is amazing! Love all the buttons and the box is gorgeous too. What a great idea for a gift. Thank you for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

  16. How beautiful. What an amazing gift. I really want to try this colour combo out with my alcohol inks. The bracelet is stunning. It will go down really well with your sister. Have a great Xmas x

  17. So happy you've decided to join in at Simon Says Says Stamp and Show! And did you see that your entry is in the top 3? Hugs, Sandra

    1. It is? Wow!!! Thank you so much, Sandra, for the hint!!! That was indeed a perfect birthday present for today!!

      I wish you a Merry X-mas!!!

      Claudia xx

  18. Great buttons, I love how they are all so different! Congrats on your win!

  19. Gorgeous ! Your sister will love this!! Love it!

  20. Congrats on the top 3 over at SSSS, very well deserved xhope xmas was good

  21. What a great gift...very creative!

    greetings, Alie :-)


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