I decided I HAD to work with the buttons, then debated my second choice before falling in love with the central drop pendant in this set.
|This blue is one of the rarest colors in my collection of 'natural' sea glass|
The flat, rounded shape of buttons, with their smooth surface, reminded me of skipping stones, so I decided to make a summer beach cuff where they'd act as the main focal. Using size 8 seed beads to create a chunkier than normal base, I first stitched a Lacework Cuff using random right angle weave.
|Lacework Cuff Base with two sea glass buttons for closures|
Then it was time to add additional buttons for surface texture.
|Starting to decorate the surface|
|The finished cuff, Skipping Stones|
|It's hard to photograph on my own wrist, but here's the idea.|
So I finished the cuff, time to do something with the drop pendant. I wanted to use for a summer necklace of 'beach treasures' that looked nice enough to wear to a evening out. I ended up doing some simple bead stringing with size 15 seed beads and a couple different styles of two-hole beads.
|Using the freeform nuggets and pendants as well as more buttons|
|I used the buttons as links as well as for the closure|
So that's what I came up with. Now it's time to see what everyone else made! Here's the full list of designers:
|close-up: adding fringe behind the buttons|