Friday, May 13, 2016

The Rhinestone Button Blank Challenge

It always starts as a simple idea.
I have some sort of a blank component that needs to be filled.
What I think is fabulous changes completely
after I send the component out to my crafty and creative friends.

This rhinestone button blank was the starting point with an invitation to just play.  
The results are nothing short of inspired.

"Magically open doors with this Dove of the East Paris Vintage Fallen Roses wrist cuff. The soft cotton brocade feels good on your wrist with a swirl of tiny pearls embedded in diamonds and a half moon pearl center to guide your way!"

"I made this necklace thinking about my daughter Karol.  
We go to high tea every month or so."

"I used an old button to make a silicone mold and poured resin mixed with Jacquard Pearl Ex powder in Interference Violet and added a bit of silver oil to the cured piece.  Then this was glued into 'your' button.  I used a metallic leather cord, some iridescent glass seed beads and round hematite beads for the wrap."

"To create this piece, which I call Tidepool, I used the bezel button blank and filled it with Magic-Glos then arranged the pearls and let it dry under a UV lamp. I glued a Swarovski star to float on top of the pearls then attached the button to this crackly metallic green leather with leather cording and finished the piece as a bracelet."

Monika wrote "It was so much fun deciding what to do with the "button" you sent."
I was so amazed when I opened this picture file.  It is a stunning keepsake.

"I used Gel Press™ print, Orange Glitter Glue, Diamond Glaze, Connie Crystal, Crystal Katana for crystal placement  The wreath is from Smoothfoam.  I made the flower then used it on a wreath!"

Here are some pictures of my bookmark that I was inspired to make with the component you sent.  It was a pleasure to participate in this challenge.  

"The white beads I used in my necklace are vintage German glass beads."
I can see a gorgeous button in the button.  This necklace is perfect for the summer!

"I painted the background black, added an O sticker in the background, then some beads and Mod Podge Dimensional Magic glaze."

"I have to admit that it was a real chore trying to decide what to do with the component. You were right! I could have gone 10 different ways! In the end I decided on something my mom would love!"

"I'm calling this a French Confection with button.  The pattern paper at the top is dollhouse wall paper *laugh*. The flower petal is coffee filter die cut and then tinted with Distress Ink (my fingers are still blue this morning) and Perfect Pearls in a water mist.   The button has a resin dome with a piece of resin which I had cast on a Texture Tile from Cool Tools that I had brushed with Alumillite silver powder (powdered aluminum) and rubbed with dark blue Gilders paste.

"In the center..white 2 part epoxy, silver leaf, swarovski chatons and blue and green mica."

"Mine is a pendant made of the button, a resin flower, white plaster pin frame, a bee and a skeleton key. I used Inka Gold in graphite to dust up the white pin and flower and Pearl-ex in violet over the jewelry clay that's holding it all together. It kind of makes me think of Blanche Dubois."

"So my button was sparkly and I decided to make it more sparkly with epoxy clay, Swarovski crystals and some Pearl-ex for color. Then I ran out of time and made it into a ring!"

"I had lots of ideas, but ended up doing something fairly simple. Intuitive bead embroidery in silver and black, because I thought that it would make an elegant presentation. I used micro beads (glued on....ooops) and four different Miyuki, size 15 seed beads. Three black and one silver. After the piece was beaded, I glued it to the cab with E6000, and attached a pendant converter at the back (again using the same glue). For now, I'll hang it from a simple silver chain. In the future, it may become a focal in one of my intuitive bead embroidery pieces. I hope you like it as much as I do!"

"As the challenge instigator, I had the luxury of two back up buttons.  I wanted to feature a miniature painting in my rhinestone button blank, but found a gorgeous postcard over the weekend.  I punched out several circles of art from the vintage card and settled on these three.  I covered the image with resin."

"I used a prayer card with an image of the Blessed Virgin which I encased in resin. It is hanging on a piece of a vintage rosary which belonged to my husband's grandmother. Hanging from the button bezel is the religious medal that was given to my late mother when she received her First Holy Communion in 1928."

"Made a ring using 2 part epoxy clay, blue rhinestones, silver Bali beads, copper bead caps, 20 gauge wire & jubilee blue perfect pearls mica powder."


There are a few creative projects still to post.
Bookmark this page to come back and see some of the buttons which are a little late.


  1. WOW!
    It was a delight participating in this and even more of a pleasure seeing what this collection of crafty talented creators all came up with. I am blown away!

  2. Such beautiful and clever creations. Thanks Carmi for hosting another fun challenge.

  3. Because I like to write about what I make, I wrote up a blog post on my creation for this challenge, too: I also explain how I made the resin piece I put into the button.

  4. Wow! What a fabulous range of creative inventiveness! They're all simply fabulous!!! Thanks for a fun challenge.