Last fall, Martha's new Blueprint Magazine ran an article featuring "cocktail" rings made of glamorous buttons of all shapes and sizes. Naturally, Martha's button cocktail rings look FABULOUS. I could hardly wait to make my own collection.
But, as is the way with Martha projects, all of the sudden, glamorous looking buttons had been cleaned off the shelves of every trim store in the western United States. Even M & J Trim in New York City, Martha's own source, didn't have what I was looking for. It reminded me of the time she made candles in vintage tea cups for the magazine. You couldn't find a stray tea cup at the Salvation Army Thriftstore for the next three years.
Finally, I think I have found a few that will work. Some are from a vintage store in Ronan, Montana that I stopped in by chance. The others are from my mother's button collection. I'll be fixing the buttons to ring blanks (available from Metalliferous (212) 944-0909) using Tite-bond glue for plastic buttons or a soldering iron for buttons with a metal shank. Attached are Blueprint Magazine's instructions for DIY Cocktail Rings for you to try. Download buttons2bling.doc