I have to say, I'm not particularly a fan of button jewellery per se, but the shape/orientation got me thinking. I think what throws me is that buttons have two holes - and I am a fan of symmetry.
Here is what I spent about four hours on today, stringing, taking apart, restringing, taking apart, respacing and restringing...
|21 buttons, hemp & seed beads, first idea... but ixnay on the all-matte black
|When I thought I would have lots of beads, I thought about doubling them up,
still with the symmetry and bean -- I mean -- bead counting, but that twist is interesting
|Beautiful colours, eh!?
|Pretty true colours, photo taken outside
|Beaded loop closing around end button
The funny thing is, I when I sat down here to format the photos, I took a quick look at Pinterest -- and saw this at the top of the page:
|Ifa priest's necklace "odigba ifa" from the Yoruba people of Nigeria
This is spectacular compared to my initial two-strand wimpy effort. But probably similar beads -- the coloured beads I've used are handmade, recycled glass beads, albeit from Indonesia, and the matte black filler beads are Czech 6/0 seed beads. Since my necklace is 60 inches long and I hadn't really cleared with my customer exactly how much she wanted to spend on the "extras", I had to play it safe and stick to a single strand of beads.
Thanks for looking!