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Posted on: 10/18/03 12:44 PM
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Need jeweled Dress Clips for a 30's style gown? How about stunning buttons for a jacket?

Use a jeweled STRETCH BRACELET. They are very popular right now -- usually metal filigree shapes with colored enamel and rhinestones, strung on 1 or 2 elastic threads.

Cut the bracelet apart, and use the metal shapes. THere are plenty of holes to sew thru!

For BUTTONS: You'll have to create either a thread shank, or use the loop of a metal hook and eye and sew that to the filigree shape. I recommend that you make two sets of buttonholes in your garment front, and sew the buttons onto a piece of grosgrain (button thru holes on both bottom and top). I would NOT recommend washing OR drycleaning these!

For ORNAMENTS: Sew using only a few stitches, or sew onto a piece of hook & loop tape (hook part), and a spot of loop tape onto the garment, or onto halves of a large snap. (You'll *have to REMOVE THESE FOR CLEANING the garment*.)

I got a fab bracelet from Target for $12. Cut apart, it yielded 7 large "squares" and 8 smaller "ovals". That's 15 "buttons" - a pretty good deal ! I used 3 pieces for the "clasp" of a halter neck in back (small/large/small), and a decoration at center back (large), as well as buttons on the sleeves of a 30's evening gown.

I really recommend you give some thought to using these bracelets! They offer a huge variety in texture and color, and some are not really expensive (remember, that's 15 'buttons' for $12!)

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Annette H said... (3/9/04 3:20 PM) Reply
What a wonderful idea - this is really imaginative thinking. Must try to think laterally ...
casey said... (1/24/04 11:22 PM) Reply
don't forget your local thrift store They have a seperate jewelry case ,it is not all junk many pieces can be taken apart especially longdangly earings and necklaces.
Deepika said... (11/19/03 9:29 PM) Reply
What a cool idea! I just bought a single rhinestone button from MJ Trim for $9!!!
jamie said... (11/19/03 5:59 PM) Reply
Great idea for the upcming Christmas seaon. Thanks!
KMangum said... (10/21/03 5:02 PM) Reply
Yep, I'm well acquainted with my local Michael's, and the bead stores. Michael's jewelry findings are not nearly as "robustly made" as the bracelet chunks, which are usually 'double layered'. -- I also bought several metal-medallion belts at $5/ea. to break up and sew onto the neckline of a fantasy costume. These pieces are much larger - 2"x3" - and will become a jewelled "collar". Don't be afraid to use pliers on *anything* :)
lhstitcher said... (10/21/03 2:54 PM) Reply
What a great idea! Those always catch my eye when in stores, but seemed a little too much sparkle in one shot, breaking them up would lend them to many more uses!
sewserious1 said... (10/20/03 6:37 PM) Reply
Try Michael's or Hobby Lobby for individual 'jewelry" findings such as these. The prices are usually pretty good, especially if you find a sale!
Snowblossom said... (10/19/03 2:42 AM) Reply
Good idea! You could probably find similar "buttons" individually at a bead store, probably a little more expensive per piece, but worth a try...
els said... (10/18/03 3:06 PM) Reply
Great tip, thanks.
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