Every few torch sessions I make a lampwork button or two. I don't usually make many at once, but as I was trying to put some away earlier this week I realized the little storage drawer where I kept them wouldn't close if I added any more. Since I worked in a yarn and bead store until it closed this last June, I would sell buttons there with my other lampwork, but I didn't really consider it a part of my main repertoire ... but I kept making them. I like making them! Since I've decided it's time to start putting them in my Etsy store, I thought I'd throw some ideas into the cosmos as inspiration.
For jewelry designers and crafters, a great way to use a lampwork button is as a clasp. The beauty about using a lampwork button as a clasp is that it can be the focal of the piece by itself so your design can be simple and the closure of your design will be beautiful, instead of just the neglected "back."
Here are some other designs where buttons are used as a clasp and focal piece - perfect for a lampwork button!
For knitters and crocheters one easy gift-giving project is a coffee cozy. Lampwork buttons are a great way to jazz it up!
Pirates need coffee, too!
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Another great lampwork button use is to decorate a hat.
But, maybe we should be asking, "What would a drunken sailor do with a lampwork button?"
Drunken Sailor: What be 'tis?
Me: A lampwork button!
Drunken Sailor: It be treasure fer sure.
Me: Um ... I think it's just a button.
Drunken Sailor: Hand over all ye lovely booty.
Me: If you'll just put that cutlass away ...
Okay, so maybe it's better if you don't talk to a pirate about lampwork buttons, but if it becomes necessary you may want to use this online pirate translator, you know, to avoid any unnecessary confusion.
So, you tell me: what would you do with a lampworked button?