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French General: Treasured Notions

French General: Treasured Notions

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French steel-cut beads, mother-of-pearl buttons, spools of vintage ribbons . . . This exquisite book showcases the decorative bits flea-market hunters dream of. Hundreds of photos reveal rare European notions from the craft community's most beloved emporium, Tinsel Trading Company. With these vintage baubles as her inspiration, Kaari Meng shares projects that crafters can make with their own flea-market finds or with contemporary materials they have on hand: a button charm bracelet, whimsical petite prize medals, an heirloom-worthy memory book, shimmering handbags, and more. Kaari's colorful inspiration boards lend design guidance, while her tips and resources help notion-lovers build up their stash of treasures.
French steel-cut beads, mother-of-pearl buttons, spools of vintage ribbons . . . This exquisite book showcases the decorative bits flea-market hunters dream of. Hundreds of photos reveal rare European notions from the craft community's most beloved emporium, Tinsel Trading Company. With these vintage baubles as her inspiration, Kaari Meng shares projects that crafters can make with their own flea-market finds or with contemporary materials they have on hand: a button charm bracelet, whimsical petite prize medals, an heirloom-worthy memory book, shimmering handbags, and more. Kaari's colorful inspiration boards lend design guidance, while her tips and resources help notion-lovers build up their stash of treasures.

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Published by: ChronicleBooks on Mar 09, 2010
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This simple bracelet uses all sorts of old mother-of-pearl buttons, embellished with
cabachons
to dress them up even more.
Cabachons
are gemstones with rounded topsand at bottoms—ideal for afxing to at surfaces. Use wayward buttons that havefallen off your favorite dresses, or pick up old button cards at the ea market. Flatbuttons glued onto the bezels work best, although buttons with shanks will work too— just thread with a head pin and loop onto the chain. Continue adding buttons over the years and you will have an heirloom bracelet to pass on to your children.
 Clasp Rosary pliers 7½ in to 8½ in/19 cm to22 cm cable chainJump rings (sixteen
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in/3 mm,two
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in/5 mm, andone
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in/8 mm) Glue (epoxy or jeweler’s)  About 16 old mother-of-pearlbuttons in random sizes (I used
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in/11 mm,
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in/15 mm, and¾ in/18 mm) Bezels with rings attached(random sizes to t your buttons)
Cabachons
or small at-back buttons (to embellish centerof buttons)  About 15 glass drops embedded with wireCutting pliers
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Mother-of-pearl buttons,
 cabachons
, glass beads

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