Button Swap Blog Hop

Good Morning! Welcome to the Button Swap Blog Hop! Thanks Cindy for hosting!  I have quite a journey to share, with interesting results – so refill your beverage and let me tell you the tale…

I got gorgeous buttons from my partner Sandi Volpe. I knew right away the button she cast was the star; organic shape, interesting design… I sort of see a female partial figure in there! I couldnt get to work until Thursday – yes, 2 days ago – but I knew exactly what I wanted to do…

starting out

The buttton was going to be “set” in Faux bone, creating a frame and a backing structure. Wires running through the shank in the back woud form prongs over the edges of the FB to secure the button. 

detail of button

(Do you see the female form? Are those breasts? They also look like owl eyes…)

ink and FB

Way too much color at first – I knew I would sand it back to a minimun, the antique look I desire.  

front back

There it is! Button set – front and back views. I inscribed the words “Bandia taobh istigh” on the back, Gaelic for ‘Goddess inside you’. I cant NOT see the female owl faced woman at this point in time. She is there every time I look. 

The problem? I dont like it. The button is deep, and currently sits up too high. The copper prongs are too visually busy and distract from the button, and I want it to be all about the button…

Plans for FB button piece

Here is where the FB piece is going. This is another gorgeous antique button from Sandi. Framed and cushioned with leather, it is ‘glued’. (Shh dont tell. I almost NEVER use glue.) The plan here is a bracelet, triple strands – the leather, 2 strands seed beads and the clasp as shown. That is as far as the piece has gone for now…

Back to button #1. (Love the alcohol ink fingernails!) I have deep copper bezels from Nunn Designs, and I have been waiting for the right thing. This may be the right thing. 

New plan

On the left: set into epoxy putty. On the right: collaging in a plastic lens for the back, *text and a feather. 

Set in epoxy lens for back

Left: painted and distressed epoxy and tentative dangle choices. Right: Similar treatment to epoxy, lens in place. 

almost there! Lens in situ

*Caillech-oidhche is one Gaelic name for the owl. It literally translates as ” Crone of the Night” a reference to the Goddess the Cailleach – a crone, or aged wise woman; a Scottish goddess of winter, storms, stones. Since I was seeing a female form and an owl this dual reference sprang to mind. Owls are seen as symbols of wisdom and far-seeing/perception; both attributes we gain as we mature into wise women ourselves. 

This is as far as I have traveled. I am sorry to not have a finished piece, but I am sure you can appreciate the trials and tribulations. I am very happy with where this is headed. If I had planned the lens from the beginning I could have set it into the epoxy earlier. Now I will have to set it in and camoflauge the adhesive as a separate step. I had thoughts of collage and resin directly into the back over the epoxy putty but  wanted to be more finished for today…

Please take a look at my colleagues – who may have finished pieces for your viewing pleasure! (The list is alphabetical, names do appear twice. ) I loved this challenge – I had a secret stash of buttons I could share with a new freind, and it has definitely inspired me to stop hoarding and start integrating them! Especially my collection from my Grandmother. I think it would please her!

Thank for stopping by, happy travels!


Alice Peterson  and Kim Bender

Angie Blasingame and Billi R.S. Rothove

 Billi R.S. Rothove and Angie Blasingame

 Birgitta Lejonklou and Pam Farren

 Bonnie Coursolle and Tania Hagen

 Brenda Salzano and Hope Smitherman

 Cat Kerr and Heather Powers

 Cece Cornier and Jeannie Dukic

 Celeste Thurston and Christine Damm

 Christine Damm and Celeste Thurston

 Christine Stonefield and Dana James

 Cilla Watkins and Lori Bowring Michaud

 Cindy Wimmer and Mimi Gardner

 Cynthia Machata and Julia Johnson

 Cynthia Riggs and Lori Finney

 Dana James and Christine Stonefield

Diana Ptaszynski and Erin Prais-Hintz

 Emma Thomas and Rebecca Anderson

 Erin Prais-Hintz and Diana Ptaszynski

 Erin Siegel and Sharon Borsavage

 Heather Powers and Cat Kerr

 Holly Westfall and Sally Russick

 Hope Smitherman and Brenda Salzano

 Jayne Capps and Kim Dworak

 Jeannie Dukic and Cece Cornier

 Jenna Meyers and Kristi Harrison

 Jenna Tomalka and Karen McKillip

 Jenny Davies Reazor and Sandi Volpe

 Julia Johnson and Cynthia Machata

 Kalaya Steede and Kylie Dickman

 Karen McKillip and Jenna Tomalka

 Karen Mitchell and Renetha Stanziano

 Karla Morgen and Mary Govaars

Kay Thomerson and Shannon Chomanczuk

 Kim Ballor and Laurel Steven

 Kim Bender and Alice Peterson

 Kim Dworak and Jayne Capps

 Kim Roberts and Partner unable to participate at this time.

 Kristi Harrison and Jenna Meyers

 Kylie Dickman and Kalaya Steede

 Kym Hunter and Lynda Moseley

 Laurel Steven and Kim Ballor

 Linda Djokic and Patty Gasparino

 Line Labrecque and Teri Baskett

 Liz DeLuca and Lorelei Eurto

 Lorelei Eurto and Liz DeLuca

 Lori Anderson and Niky Sayers

 Lori Bowring Michaud and Cilla Watkins

 Lori Finney and Cynthia Riggs

 Lynda Moseley and Kym Hunter

 Marianna Boylan and Tracy Statler

 Mary Govaars and Karla Morgen

 Mary Harding and Stacie Florer 

 Maureen Baranov and Tracy Bell

 Melissa Martin and Theresa Fosdick

 Michelle Hardy and Peggy Johnson

 Mimi Gardner and Cindy Wimmer

 Nicole Valentine Rimmer and Niki Meiners

 Niki Meiners and Nicole Valentine Rimmer

 Niky Sayers and Lori Anderson

 Pam Farren and Birgitta Lejonklou

Pam Ferarri and Stefanie Teufel (will share their reveal on a later date)

 Patty Gasparino and Linda Djokic

 Peggy Johnson and Michelle Hardy

 Rebecca Anderson and Emma Thomas

 Rebekah Payne and Sue Kennedy

 Renetha Stanziano and Karen Mitchell

 Rose Binoya and Shanti Johnson

 Sally Russick and Holly Westfall

 Sandi Volpe and Jenny Davies Reazor

 Shannon Chomanczuk and Kay Thomerson

 Shanti Johnson and Rose Binoya

 Sharon Borsavage and Erin Siegel

 Shirley Moore and Veralynne Malone

 Stacie Florer and Mary Harding

Stefanie Teufel and Pam Ferarri (will share their reveal on a later date)

 Sue Hamel and Terry Carter

 Sue Kennedy and Rebekah Payne

 Tania Hagen and Bonnie Coursolle

 Tania Spivey and Teresa Gagne

 Teresa Gagne and Tania Spivey

 Teri Baskett and Line Labrecque

 Terry Carter and Sue Hamel

 Theresa Fosdick and Melissa Martin

 Tracy Bell and Maureen Baranov

 Tracy Statler and Marianna Boylan

 Veralynne Malone and Shirley Moore




39 thoughts on “Button Swap Blog Hop

    • jenny says:

      Thanks Lori! Its creative problem solving at its best – what I tried to teach at HS in Ceramics, that elusive quality. I am always stuck at the idea of class proposals b/c I work so organically… I thank you for that compliment, though!As to sketching, I like it when I do it – and am trying to do more…


  1. shirley moore says:

    I’m so sorry you couldn’t complete it for the reveal, but I was just fascinated with the process you showed! I love the final result for the owl/female! Thank you for sharing your creativity!


    • jenny says:

      Thanks! I hope to finish it this week, but am not sure what I will hang it from. I tend to be very pendant-centric. I will post it later though!


  2. Cindy says:

    Hi Jenny
    I truly enjoyed your post – I like how you took us behind the scenes in your design process. It’s so interesting to hear your thoughts on what to create and how you did that….right down to the purple finger tips! I like where you are going with the antique button and the leather – it’s a beautiful bracelet design. The focal in process in the Nunn Design bezel is going to be amazing…it looks fantastic already!
    I think these challenges really give us that extra push to try new techniques or styles that we wouldn’t have tried otherwise. Looking forward to seeing your finished pieces!


    • jenny says:

      Thanks Cindy! It’s a style of blog post I like and I am glad you liked as well. I do have a tendency to alter things a bit…and this one got a little deep. I love making pieces with a back story, a message…Thanks for hosting such an inspiration, inspiring hop!


  3. Sandi Volpe says:

    Sorry for arriving so late, it has been wonderfully full day of soccer.

    I love your process and can not wait to see it finished, the vintage button is very cool too. The cast buttton is from a vintage button and I promise to take a picture of it and send it to you. Thanks for being my partner, would love to be a visitor in your workshop:-) and I love, love, love the gaelic, I am half irish and that is such a fantastic way to add meaning to a piece. Hope you had a great day!!!


    • jenny says:

      Phew… Glad you liked the drastic measured I took, am taking! I would love to see the original button. I confess the Gaelic is all via online translations, I would love to learn to speak it or even Welsh someday…I will wear the finished piece to ArtBliss and we can meet for a glass of wine!


  4. Michelle Buettner says:

    Wow – this is so cool!! I love the meaning behind it all and how you tell of the owl, the goddess, crone, etc. – makes it even more special. You really put a lot of work into this and it shows. It’s beautiful and I can’t wait until you finish w/everything and post it all!


    • jenny says:

      Thanks Michelle – more and more these days the pieces I am doing are in depth explorations, with content and layers of meaning and symbolism. Its nice to have the blog to share that backstory with people. (Even nicer to have comments! ;-D)I find it pretty cool to step back and see my wearable art come in line with my mixed media sculpture…


  5. Alice says:

    I enjoyed seeing all the techniques and mediums you used to make this fabulous piece. Thanks for sharing the process with us. I know whatever you make with this will be a great piece.


  6. Erin Prais-Hintz says:

    Hey Miss Jenny! I like seeing the way your creative mind works, so I don’t mind at all a work in progress (WIP). I think you are a risk taker in your creative endeavors and it is important to know that artists go through revisions and trial and error. I see where you are going and I like what I am seeing! Enjoy the day. Erin


    • jenny says:

      Erin – I appreciate that. I got a creative boost when you called me a risk taker. I am willing to do whatever needs to be done for the piece, and I am glad it is being well recieved by my peers! Thank you!


  7. Holly says:

    Jenny, finished or not, in this case the journey is the best part! I love seeing you walk through the process with these buttons, and will continue to check in, to see where they end up. The Goddess piece is just amazing…


    • jenny says:

      Thanks Holly – do you see it too. I cant not see the figure. Sandi said she would send me a pix of the original…Isnt the journey half the fun? Or more? Thanks for coming over…


  8. CraftyHope says:

    I completely understand getting pressed for time and the trials of getting just what you want out of a piece. Thank you so much for at least sharing with us the process you are going through and what point you have reached. I look forward to seeing your creations when you get the time to complete them!!


    • jenny says:

      I was so sure the plan would work! Then when I had to start over I had no time left. Perhaps procrastination is the mother of invention! 


    • jenny says:

      Thanks – posting the process pix etc is my modus operandi for these hops. When we all have had a similar starting point, I am really intrigued as to the journey undertaken. Glad you enjoyed a glimpse into my head! 


    • jenny says:

      Kristi – you are too kind! I would love to do a book someday, but mixed media is so dependand on the materials, whatever you may find with no set parameters – I havent been able to figure out an approach yet. But thanks! 


  9. Julia says:

    You might not have finished everything, but I love what you have done so far! I had difficulty completing the challenge, myself– it wasn’t until I remembered that I had wanted to make a stitch marker for myself that I knew what I was going to do 🙂

    Thanks for sharing your work and your process with all of us ❤


  10. Kay says:

    I think you’ve got some great ideas there. I love the ‘faux’ bone. What is it made of? I think it sets that piece off quite well. And I live the button with the bezel. Very nice.


    • jenny says:

      Thanks! Faux Bone is a pvc plastic product developed by Robert Dancik. It can be used like bone, but can also be heated and altered – without harmful fumes, etc. (Website is at Fauxbone.com) I love it, its very versatile! And he is a great artist/instructor to work with…


  11. Michelle H says:

    The final creation that you came up with for that button is amazing. Such a creative way to use a button. Finishing the pendant by adding the additional collage elements to the back ensures that if the pendant rotates, there is still something pretty to be seen.


    • jenny says:

      I agree! And I like to have an element of interaction in my mixed media pieces. The collaged back is a secret to you,  worn close to your skin. You choose whether to reveal that to others, letting them into your personal space. 


  12. Cece says:

    Thanks for sharing the design process. I always enjoy peeking at how other’s create. I’m sure it will turn into something beautiful some point down the line.


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