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« on: June 10, 2008 11:42:01 AM »



I made a button person. This little dude is vintage and new buttons (and some left over from this project) and wire. I thought I had plenty of buttons, to make more of these, but my selection of larger buttons is a little too skimpy to make a button man army just yet.



I love his little feet. I think I originally saw these in a whole book about button crafts? Oh, I think it was! But mostly the was sewing buttons onto pillows - which is a bad idea as it becomes uncomfortable - and so the book as a whole was a wash. I had to make up an approach to this as I went along, since I didn't read the instructions in the book, so I have no idea if my construction is similar. I used wire to make a sturdy button man, but I bet you could just string them on thread as well.



And how perfect is his little pom pom button hat?

I'm just not entirely sure what to do with him. Any ideas?

I also made a few button flowers while I was at it - these will probably wind up on barrettes or as brooches.





Some of these are new buttons and some of them are vintage. As I collect more buttons, I'll make more and wind up with a nice bouquet of them.
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« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2008 11:58:08 AM »

Oh wow! SO awesome!
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« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2008 12:01:16 PM »

how creative! Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2008 12:08:18 PM »

Really clever. Did you glue them or string them? Also like you flowers!
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« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2008 12:25:47 PM »

Very cute. Button man looks like a robot. It would be fun just to have him as a sculpture. I wonder if I have enough buttons to make one... He could be used as a paperweight too. I bet he would like a girlfriend.

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« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2008 12:27:38 PM »

Thanks, y'all! I really like buttons. *grin*

Really clever. Did you glue them or string them? Also like you flowers!

Betty, I used 24 gauge craft wire to string these. I started with two equal lengths (and so had four ends - two in each leg) and made two legs, working from the bottom up. I combined the four strands (two in each bundle) to begin building the body, then split two of the strands out to make the arms. The remaining two strands were used to make the rest of the body and the head while the arms were build and then the strands were fed back through the buttons and wound around the central wire of the body. The result is really sturdy but still a little flexible. I'm sure you could use thread for a very bendy button man. Gluing them would remove all of the flex and bend, though.

And sactownsue - as long as you have some fairly large buttons for the body, I think you could at least get one started. They build up pretty quickly in size. Oh, a Button Girlfriend would be awesome! And, with the right selection of buttons, she could actually wear a really cool dress....
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« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2008 12:40:54 PM »

Thanks, y'all! I really like buttons. *grin*

Really clever. Did you glue them or string them? Also like you flowers!

And sactownsue - as long as you have some fairly large buttons for the body, I think you could at least get one started. They build up pretty quickly in size. Oh, a Button Girlfriend would be awesome! And, with the right selection of buttons, she could actually wear a really cool dress....

All us normal ppl have one addiction or another... buttons, fabric, beads...
As I was reading your reply I thought a couple of strategically placed buttons w/ (dang can't think of the words... old age is hell... buttons w/ a wire or plastic loop on the back like the hands) could be used for boobies! And of course I was thinking a stack of graduated sizes for the skirt!!!

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All us normal ppl have one addiction or another... buttons, fabric, beads...
As I was reading your reply I thought a couple of strategically placed buttons w/ (dang can't think of the words... old age is hell... buttons w/ a wire or plastic loop on the back like the hands) could be used for boobies! And of course I was thinking a stack of graduated sizes for the skirt!!!

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I only get ONE addiction? Oh no! *grin*

Ooooh, that would be so rad! (And you are, I think, looking for "shank" - not just for stabbing people in prison *laugh* - or "shank back" which would work so awesomely for boobies. Oh, man, now I have to track down some more buttons that are big enough for the body!
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« Reply #8 on: June 10, 2008 01:37:38 PM »

Only limits on addictions are: how much room you have, how much money you have, how resourceful you are, etc., and legallity.

Shanks. Yes.

Can't wait to see your girl.
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« Reply #9 on: June 10, 2008 02:05:22 PM »

thanks for the info on button man. Do you mind if I post it on our website? http://www.freekidscrafts.com/ Take a look and let me know.

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