Monday, November 12, 2018

The Annual Salon des Artistes is coming right up

This year we are doing something a little different and joining forces with more artists at the Bazaar Lizard, in a landmark house, The Lizard House, in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque in Albuquerque's North Valley.  The house has a sculptural relief of a very large lizard on its front wall.  We're excited about getting to go inside!  So, it's December 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at 8671 Rio Grande Boulevard NE, official invitation by artist Bea Lombard below:

Some inside-the-gate parking available; more along Rio Grande Blvd.  Please bring cash or checks for shopping, and come and see us and the Lizard House!

Moving slightly away from the Bakelite stash

Celluloid is as luscious as Bakelite.  It's hard not to rub these buttons like talismans.

Necklace #196.  Vintage celluloid and metal buttons on Japanese chirimen polyester bias tape. Little Bakelite ball buttons at the ends.

Extruded celluloid is pretty weird stuff and maybe not for everyone, but I think it has a wacky charm.

 Necklace #201.  Vintage extruded celluloid buttons on satin bias tape.

But leaving plastics behind, these intricate mother of pearl buttons are likely Victorian.

Necklace #198.  Antique mother of pearl buttons on Japanese cotton bias tape.

Stone is nice, too.

Necklace #197.  Stone buttons on Japanese chirimen polyester bias tape.

But on to something softer, buttons covered with vintage Japanese kimono fabric.

Necklace #200.  Buttons covered in vintage Japanese bias tape, with Bakelite accent buttons, on satin bias tape.  

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Friday, October 12, 2018

And Still More Bakelite (and some other vintage plastic)

More show-and-tell from the work table:

Necklace #190, Very very tactile Bakelite cylinders from the 1930s on polka dot cotton tape.

Necklace #191.  A little break from Bakelite.  Vintage plastic roses with mother of pearl leaves and vintage glass twinkling in between (satin bias tape).

Necklace #193.  Two-tone 1930s Bakelite tapdancing away on Japanese chirimen polyester bias tape.

Necklace #192.  Another break from Bakelite.  Vintage plastic and mother of pearl with rhinestone centers (satin bias tape.

Necklace #194.  Vintage celluloid and metal center button surrounded by spinach-green Bakelite round buttons (on Japanese chirimen polyester bias tape).

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

1930s Bakelite (and a little metal)

Slowly having fun with the hoard of buttons from a dear friend.  1930s buttons, mostly Bakelite, have been calling:

  Necklace #187 features these almost-op metal buttons with little Bakelite accents in between.

Necklace #188 is various seductively-shaped Bakelite buttons

Necklace #189 features large two-tone Bakelite buttons that are very pleasing to the touch, with little Bakelite accents in between.

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Having fun with a wonderful button-box gift

A dear friend gave me a treasure-trove of buttons, and so I am off and running!

Necklace #184.  Vintage celluloid and metal buttons on a black satin bias tape.

I love a rythmic asymmetry and I always drift to black and red.

Necklace #185.  Bakelite buttons with mother-of-pearl insets, on Japanese chirimen bias tape.

Hard not to keep rubbing these pleasingly smooth buttons or watching the mother-of-pearl catch the light.

Necklace #186.  Bakelite buttons on satin bias tape.

These 1920s butterflies are one of the great treasures in the gift box, and the little Bakelite buttons give them a little dimension.  

So yes, off and running, with more designs lined up on the work table.