Friday, October 31, 2014

Time for things that Glitter and Shine

Here are various kinds of twinkle and glow:

Necklace #109.   Vintage and contemporary glass buttons on Japanese chirimen polyester bias tape. 

And nature's own gleam,  abalone buttons, on the chirimen polyester bias tape for Necklace #110.

 Necklace #111 is with vintage rhinestone buttons (imagine those original dresses!) with an accent of rhinestone pallettes on chirimen polyester tape.

With necklace #112, the central button is by glass artist Robin Pascal,, and the rest are old Le Chic plastic buttons made in "western Germany", so reflective that you do indeed see the photographer's reflection in them.  They are again on the chirimen polyester bias tape, this time deep purple, which doesn't show up well in my pictures.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Recent Time at the Work Table

Sometimes a re-style is in order, and here are two necklaces, originally made in the past year, that I decided to re-do:

Necklace #103 (as it is currently known).  I kept the contemporary plastic triangle and the silver plastic buttons (and the chirimen polyester bias tape) but changed out the former accents (small blue triangles and round red balls) for these contemporary plastic chile-like buttons and flatter red accents at the top.

Necklace #106 now.  I moved the vintage rayon-covered buttons to a pink background - they had been on black before - and gave them vintage plastic floral accompaniment.  Previously I'd had them with some great, very dimensional contemporary white plastic buttons, which are now busy accenting other things. 

And then there are some completely new necklaces, as I gear up for the Salon des Artistes event on December 7th: 

Necklace #104.  Antique silvered glass buttons with vintage red glass accents, on chirimen polyester bias tape.  

Necklace #105.  The central button is a contemporary Italian-made polyester one; the other two large buttons are covered in hand-painted cotton/silk by Sandra Holzman (  and the accents are vintage mother of pearl.  They are on a woven cotton Japanese bias tape.

Necklace #108 uses the wild painted-wood buttons my cousin sent me, with a vintage metal central button and dowdy little old covered  buttons as the end-off.  They are on woven cotton Japanese bias tape.  

See the gang of new necklaces (as they multiply - I know they will multiply!) at my Google+ album at  If you are new to the Google+ album format (they give few clues), the album opens as a montage of the photos.  Click on any one photo to get the enlargement, the caption at upper right, and the arrows to guide you through the album.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Long Time Betwen Posts Here!

Time to get back with the program!  Our annual Salon des Artistes will be December 7th this year, and I am spending time making new necklaces.  I also recently reloaded the showcase at Mariposa Gallery here in Albuquerque.

And here's one I wound up keeping for myself:

Necklace #96.  Vintage celluloid and other vintage plastic buttons on linen/cotton bias tape.

And one sold at Planned Parenthood's recent gala silent auction:

Necklace #97.  Buttons covered in vintage Japanese kimono silk with vintage mother of pearl accent buttons, on Japanese chirimen polyester bias tape which is purple, even though it looks, well, dark in this photo.

And here's one recently sold, chosen especially to accessorize denim: 


Necklace #98.  Celluloid and other vintage plastic buttons on Japanese chirimen polyester bias tape in that ochre color that has proven to be a favorite.

Please scroll down to the next most recent post below for the links to the necklace photo albums.  Remember to click on an individual photo in order to see it enlarged and read the caption.