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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd (17 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844486540
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844486540
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.5 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was at quite a loss as to how to be inventive with buttons, but then the lovely people at Search Press sent me a book which offers some wonderfully creative solutions to a surfeit of buttons. Button Jewellery by Marrianne Mercer, in the Twenty to Make series, has some lovely ideas for simple to make button jewellery. I particularly like these bracelets which make use of the sort of metallic buttons which were originally spares from men's blazers and vintage suits, or mixed brightly coloured singles ... And these bag charms, which also make the most of those single metallic buttons. So try out some of the button jewellery ideas in this lovely little book.-littlecottagecomforts.blogspot.com This is the latest in the Twenty-to-Make series and is packed with brilliant ideas for a collection of colourful, cute and quirky button jewellery. Using vintage, recycled or new buttons, with the addition of wires, cords and beads, detailed instructions inspire a range of trendy, wearable items, suitable for all ages and different skill levels. As always, this series offers excellent value for money and many hours of creative fun.-East Kent Embroiderers Guild This little book is full of brilliant ideas for button jewellery - from a chunky toggle bracelet to delicate seashell earrings, there are more ideas than there are buttons in your button box, as there are many variations on a single design. If you hoard buttons this is definitely the book for you, and handmade button jewellery is bang on trend.-Handmade Living It only took one jewelry-making course, and designer Marrianne Mercer was (jump?) hooked. As with others in the 20 To Make series, we like that each project is contained on one page, faced with a full-page photograph of the model or models on the next page - because who wants to be turning pages with pliers in one hand and findings in the other? This is an ideal title for sharing with a pair of smaller hands, and kids love the immediate gratification of finishing a project in one sitting. Adults, too, come to think of it. There is a range of offerings from simple to more complex, and as Marrianne suggests, raiding a relative's button box saves on the cost and brings up memory-discussions. How sweet is that?-Spool A lovely, colourful, beautifully produced booklet showing 20 projects to make with buttons. The most striking feature is the quality of the large, clear photographs of all the pieces. There are examples of necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings, fashionable handbag charms and cuff links. Many of the designs are shown in different colourways, whilst using the same techniques of stringing, and thus achieving a completely altered look. Materials and tools, as well as diagrams for methods of jewellery making, are clearly described. The ideas are quite basic and for the more experienced beader the projects in this booklet will be quick to make, while a novice may need to practice a bit of wire-wrapping nice loops first. Using buttons instead of beads is really the easy and fun part.-Bead Society of Great Britain Button jewellery is all the rage and this book provides twenty projects including necklaces, charms, rings, bracelets, earrings and glasses strings, plus twenty variations. Marrianne uses a variety of buttons, from wooden toggles to metal daisies, some vintage, some modern, some fun and some delicate and pretty. Mix and match to create fun pieces.-Homemade with Love

About the Author

Marrianne (Maz) Mercer studied at Buckinghamshire Chilterns University to gain a degree in Graphic Design and Advertising in 2005. From there she moved back to Kent to start her career as a graphic designer. She now works as a designer for a book publisher and enjoys making handmade beaded jewellery at weekends.

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By TheLibrarian on 20 July 2011
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I have a few books about making button jewellery, but this is my favourite. It is full of modern, attractive and simple projects. There are a few things I really like about this book:

1) The jewellery in this book is genuinely gorgeous in it's own right. I have seen button jewellery which just screams "upcycled buttons"! When I looked at the pictures in this book I just thought that the pieces were stylish and wearable.

2) Most of the buttons in this book are easy to get hold of. I have one button jewellery book that is full of pieces made using unusual antique buttons and it's very annoying. There are a few decorative buttons used, but most of the jewellery is made from the sort of buttons you can get in any craft or haberdashery shop.

3) The price! The books in this series are all reasonably priced, but they are great quality and the photography is lovely. There are 20 projects in this book and I would certainly recommend it to anyone who fancies making some button jewellery.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lucyfur on 19 Oct 2011
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a simple little book with simple ideas using mostly simple buttons which are easily obtainable with very basic methods of how to 'display' those special treasures that button collectors acquire from time to time. I liked the achievability aspect of these projects ... a very good start to button jewellery making techniques.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sicknote's sidekick on 26 Sep 2011
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Some good basic jewellery projects in this little book. I wouldn't recommend it for the experienced jewellery maker but it is fine as a reference for some basic techniques and ideas. Perhaps a good stocking filler!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S Hart on 27 Dec 2011
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Stylish, beautiful jewellery made from buttons. Instructions clearly written with illustrations that look easy to follow. Includes necklaces, bracelets, earrings and even a charm and glasses string. Styles vary from modern to vintage, using old and new buttons. Includes good advice on sourcing your buttons and there is a comprehensive list of materials and tools needed. Have had other craft books from this publisher and have been pleased with them too.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Silver Clay Artist on 12 Mar 2012
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I bought this book hoping to find new techniques for button jewellery. Unfortunately I was a little disappointed, as I felt it was aimed more towards beginners. I was also disappointed with the size of the book, it's more like a substantial pamphlet. Overall, it's a good handbook for a beginner, but not for the advanced beader looking for more ideas and methods.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By celtic lady on 16 Dec 2011
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This is a most interesting and informative book for people who love to make jewellery. I followed the instructions and completed a necklace and earrings which were greatly admired as they were rather unusual. Many people have boxes of buttons which they never use: this book prompts them to search out this
treasure and start making - at least a bracelet.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gem on 20 Nov 2011
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Love these books - they are full of loely ideas and great methodology. Great to dip in-and-out of for inspiration. I now have many lovely button jewellery items (and bunting from another book in the series!):O)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bonkers About Buttons on 9 Nov 2011
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Button Jewellery (Twenty to Make)
A great little book with some fantastic ideas on jewellery making using buttons - I would thoroughly recommend it!
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