How to of Gretchen's Button Jewelry

January 6th, 2009 in blog, member junk     
MimiToria Gretchen Schaumann, contributor
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This is the details of the top left pendant in the above photo.
This pendant started with a black vintage button, layered with a vintage mother of pearl in cream, than layered with a vintage butter colored flower.  I removed the inner circle off of this button and glued in place of it a white freshwater pearl for the center.
These four necklace pendants started out as vintage mother of pearl large coat buttons.  I used gorilla glue to glue the next element onto them, which I carefully chose.
Note that three of these elements are vintage clip on earrings.  The bottom right pendant has a series of three vintage buttons collaged onto each other.  Love the way the star makes me think of the state of Texas.
This is the only vintage button Ive ever seen in this star shape, so I really wanted it to pop on the pendant I chose for it, but yet to be subtle and neutral, so that it could be worn often.
Wouldnt this be great at Marbourgers in Texas event?  Go Texas!
Another group of six to give you the look and feel of the style I try to create.  Arent these vintage elements wonderful finds?
Another grouping of six pendants.   I love to make one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces.  You will note that even though there may be two of the same style of earrings with some of this collection, I usually would use a different background button to give the pieces variety, but in this grouping there was one combination that just went so well together that I made two of that design.  That is however quite rare that this happens.
This is a very romantic style of a pendant with the vintage cameo, vintage teardrop mother-of-pearl element, vintage scalloped black button and finally a large gorgeous mother-of-pearl button used as the base.
I have quite a few red, black and white elements that are all vintage and decided to make a grouping of those colors.
The bottom two dont show up very well, but the left one is a black button, layered with a red detailed button and lastly with a cool little bowling pin button.  The bowling pin was probably a button off of an old bowling league shirt.
Bottom right pendant is a dark maroon color button with a mother of pearl square element and the 2nd vintage cross earring is used on top.
The largest of the pendants Ive made is the 4 layered piece on the left.  They are all buttons until the top piece used is a vintage rhinestone cross earring.
I bought a jar of buttons for $4.00 in December and the calico red/white floral button was in that lot, as well as the vintage star brown button previously shown in this post.  Such fun finds.
A few pendants with gold vintage details on the added elements.  It gives a different look.
This is one cool background button.  It is a glass irridescent button and a funky 1950s style yellow earring has been added to give it that funky, but fun look some people just love.
A funky green vintage earring with the addition of glass leaves adds to this pendant.  A fun loving person would choose a pendant like this to wear.  You really notice this citrus colors, which are back in for Spring 2009.
A couple of completed pendants with the leather cording added.  You could also use a ball chain in place of the leather.
There is a finding piece attached with gorilla super glue to each of these background buttons and than a jump ring is attached to the finding.
This is the details of the top left pendant in the above photo.
This pendant started with a black vintage button, layered with a vintage mother of pearl in cream, than layered with a vintage butter colored flower.  I removed the inner circle off of this button and glued in place of it a white freshwater pearl for the center.

This is the details of the top left pendant in the above photo.

This pendant started with a black vintage button, layered with a vintage mother of pearl in cream, than layered with a vintage butter colored flower.  I removed the inner circle off of this button and glued in place of it a white freshwater pearl for the center.


These jewelry pendants are assembled with all found items, gorilla super glue, as well as new base metal findings and leather. Occassionally, there may be a new collage item or new bead such as the freshwater pearls used to accenuate a piece.

I try to use vintage and to keep the vintage feel for my collection I've shown in this blog.

I was a jewelry designer and creator for ten years, than took a two year break, and have just recently started back recreating what is running rampant in my brain.

You can contact me at gretchen.schaumann@comcast.net for more information, and check out my new blog at http://mimitoriasdesigns.blogspot.com/ for more detailed photos and information.  They are for sale, so contact me at either of the above ways.


Pattern or design used: My own design - Gretchen Schaumann
posted in: blog, member junk, vintage, metal, artwork, eclectic, glass, funky, , fun, neutrals and funky colors, plastic, mother-of-pearl

Comments (16)

MimiToria writes: Pieces of the past: I am using a variety of backs for the button pendants. Anything that is remotely flat and allows a hole for a jump ring to be attached to it. The new Gorilla super glue is what I find to hold the best with items that are flat one on one and E6000 only when it is an object that is raised up somewhat and has a more difficult time of gluing together. I hope this helps answer some of your questions. I go to bead shops, Michaels, and JoAnn's to find things, but haven't found the ideal source yet. Like I mentioned I use what I can find. I found the perfect attachment at a local bead shop, went back and they were all sold out of it. Figures!
Gretchen Posted: 1:04 pm on January 28th
MimiToria writes: Thanks everyone for all of the nice feedback, which you have all been so kind to post. It is so helpful as a designer to know honestly what others reactions are to your designs, so that you know if you should pursue more time in a collection, or move on to the next design collection.
Kari and anyone else intersted in purchasing these, I just created a blog this week and have that posted now in this post, so you can get a hold of me, see more details on these pendants, or just follow along on my artistic journed. I plan to share many new designs in the future as well as hope to do some teaching tutorials in the future.
Thanks again for being my Junk family!
Gretchen Posted: 3:52 pm on January 11th
Meadowview_Farm writes: Gretchen:
Just beautiful - such care in every detail. So - where can we purchase these?
Kari Posted: 11:40 am on January 11th
writes: Gretchen,
This are FABU! Love them. Beautiful work and displayed so nicely. You are one talented gal!!

JennyK Posted: 1:36 am on January 9th
piecesofthepast writes: Well, of course, I'm all over these! They are wonderful! Can I ask what finding you are using to attach the jump ring to and where do you get them? I've been selling my jewelry locally and think that little finding could make my job a lot easier! Posted: 6:54 pm on January 8th
junkermidge writes: WOW, Gretchen, these are amazing! I'm glad you're back to creating these. You've got the magic touch. I think my fav is the green and white one, but I'm also pretty taken with the ones with the six oblong pearls. You've done a great job of coming up with a variety. They're all beautiful!
Midge Posted: 9:05 pm on January 7th
FunktionalJunk writes: As a Texas girl you know I'm particularly drawn to the star! I would be proud to wear that! I agree with Lani...bracelets and earrings would be great too. I think several of them together on a chain would be fun! Great job!

Leah Posted: 8:50 pm on January 7th
MelHow writes: These are brilliant. I love them...I will have to do some myself = totally inspirational. Posted: 5:02 pm on January 7th
SnowmanHill writes: Awesome! I love making jewelry, I've made a few button pendants, thanks for sharing your ideas! Krista Posted: 1:39 pm on January 7th
shabbychick writes: Gretchen - you've got your line of pendants "buttoned-up" for sure! I love them (and am a huge fan of anything "button") - such a great look with the layering and the addition of the small details.

Thanks so much for sharing - and can't wait to see more!

Kathy Posted: 12:16 pm on January 7th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: Beautiful! I really like how many different styles you've come up with...many creations started with a simple large button. Love that! Your additional embellishments are spectacular!

Great work, Gretchen.
Candy Posted: 10:29 am on January 7th
CottageElements writes: Gretchen, these are absolutely gorgeous! You really put a lot of attention into the detail of these and it shows. How about doing some earrings and bracelets, too? I'd certainly be interested and I'm sure they'd be spectacular!

Lani Posted: 11:17 pm on January 6th
Tuttibelle writes: Beautiful. This shows that there is always a new way of looking at things. Posted: 10:41 pm on January 6th
plumberdaughter writes: I love these, I love anything with buttons. I've been stitching buttons on clothes. Fun! Posted: 9:39 pm on January 6th
fellowjunker writes: Gretchen, Gretchen, Gretchen............absolutely stunning...I can't even find the words to tell you how amazed and impressed I am....WOW, WOW, WOW!!!! Each one is just so exquisite in your detailing and mix of items. What fun you must have had designing these!!!!!!! Amazing, my friend...
xojanis Posted: 8:49 pm on January 6th
Gardenjunky writes:
Gretchen

These all look fantastic. They really photograph well.
I just saw all of these in person today. They are
beautiful. This girl has some crazy talent. I was lucky enough to receive one as a very special Christmas present.
Everyone on the site is going to love your creations.

Carolyn Posted: 8:14 pm on January 6th
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