Mixed Media Brooches

February 13, 2012


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The base of these brooches is vintage buttons that belonged to my mother’s paternal aunt, who was an expert seamstress.  She was a gracious dignified lady who lived through the depression years and learned to recycle EVERYTHING, which is so in vogue in 2012.  When a garment saw its better days, she removed all the notions from it; she removed zippers, buttons, decorative trims then cut the fabric into usable squares and this was something she did in 1950, 60’s all the way to her death in 1990’s. I was fortunate enough to inherit her stash.  I got bags of zippers in every spectrum of the rainbow and bags of buttons.  They are abalone, bakelite, and wood, metal and some are plain beautiful 1950’s large buttons.

I regret not photographing the vintage buttons used in these brooches, as they were simple, plain with no decorations on them.  I used commercially made wool fiber to epoxy to the back so I could stitch the antique beads.  Yes, she saved broken necklaces and bracelets too.  I am so grateful for her frugalness.   The Mary Kay, Cherry Red and Pink are composed of a larger button with a smaller one mounted on top. The seed beads are intermingled contemporary with vintage and the fascinating attribute of the vintage is they are faceted.   I added a description on each brooch but I discovered the format of WordPress does not present the description in the gallery format.

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One Response to “Mixed Media Brooches”

  1. Sarah Says:

    What beautiful brooches you have created from these wonerful old vintage buttons, they are gorgeous colours and I’m sure your mother’s aunt would have been so proud to see what you have created had she still been here…

    So glad to have found your blog, your creations are an inspiration! 🙂


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