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How to make a beaded designer button for clothing or as a clasp for beaded jewelry.
BEAD & BUTTON #2 Apr 1994 pg. 4

Step-by-step instructions for making knotted ball buttons and frogs (decorative loops that serve as buttonholes).
BEAD & BUTTON #2 Apr 1994 pg. 24

Tip suggests making unusual sweater or jacket buttons from plastic pen caps.
BEAD & BUTTON #3 Jun 1994 pg. 4

Venetian paperweight buttons. Glass artist describes step-by-step process for making glass buttons with millefiore centers.
BEAD & BUTTON #3 Jun 1994 pg. 15

The overlooked accessory. How to revive garments by adding new buttons. Placement and style discussed.
BEAD & BUTTON #4 Aug 1994 pg. 12

Silken spokes. Needleweaving thread buttons. How to make the Dorset button and variations.
BEAD & BUTTON #5 Oct 1994 pg. 9

Tip describes how to make tiny collage decoupage buttons.
BEAD & BUTTON #7 Feb 1995 pg. 4

Buttons from the spirit. Needle-woven mandala buttons.
BEAD & BUTTON #8 Apr 1995 pg. 29

Ancient Japanese craft of making temari balls is translated into button making.
BEAD & BUTTON #11 Oct 1995 pg. 14

Recreating antique buttons. How to make passementerie buttons that are beaded over a cloth-covered wooden form.
BEAD & BUTTON #15 Oct 1996 pg. 30

Silken spoke (or ring) buttons have ribbon-embroiderred roses in the center.
BEAD & BUTTON #22 Dec 1997 pg. 32

Great impressions. How to use Sculpey Flex to cast vintage buttons and beads. Includes instructions for making and using molds.
BEAD & BUTTON #26 Aug 1998 pg. 48

Tip suggests the desiccant used for drying flowers as a way to keep buttons corrosion-free.
BEAD & BUTTON #28 Dec 1998 pg. 8

Tip on how to clean a composite button that has areas that shouldn't be touched.
BEAD & BUTTON #29 Feb 1999 pg. 8

Tips for giving lace edgings and shank buttons a more professional look.
CLOTH DOLL Fall 1985 (v.4#1) pg. 40

How to make buttons from shells, acorns, bone, clay, wood, and embroidery.
DECORATING & CRAFT IDEAS Mar 1980 (v.11#2) pg. 22

How to make cast sterling silver buttons.
GEMS & MINERALS #494 Dec 1978 pg. 16

Guidelines for choosing buttons or beads to enhance handwoven garments. Includes addresses of sources.
HANDWOVEN Nov-Dec 1986 (v.7#5) pg. 84

How to make unique buttons from polymer clays (Sculpey III, Cernit or Fimo).
HANDWOVEN Jan-Feb 1994 (v.15#1) pg. 44

Channel jewelry buttons. How to make mosaic buttons from small pieces of polished gemstone set into a design formed from silver channel.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #527 Sep 1981 pg. 10

Sculptured buttons to make from wood clay.
LADIES HOME JOURNAL NEEDLE & CRAFT Spring-Summer 1980 (v.10#2) pg. 55, 104

How to make buttons from gems and minerals such a jade and chrysoprase. The stones are set into a silver mount containing a shank for attaching to the dress.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Jun 1981 (v.35#3) pg. 782

Bezels, buttons and beads made from polymer clay. Tips for beginners.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Jan 1995 (v.48#10) pg. 105

Tip on the best way to evenly space buttons in a row.
McCALLS NEEDLEWORK & CRAFTS Aug 1989 (v.34#4) pg. 14

Cloth-covered (padded) buttons feature embroidered "butterflies".
NEEDLE & THREAD May-Jun 1985 (v.5#3) pg. 19, 22, 47

Three-styles of covered buttons to cross-stitch.
NEEDLECRAFT FOR TODAY Nov-Dec 1982 (v.5#6) pg. 14, 50

Learning frames help small children master four important motor skills: buttons, zippers, shoelaces, and Velcro fasteners.
POPULAR MECHANICS Nov 1981 (v.156#5) pg. 30

Very small projects. What to do with small amounts of handspun yarn. Suggestions include (1) buttons, (2) miniature baskets filled with skeins of yarn for Yule tree ornaments, (3) knitting needle pins, (4) tiny mittens, (5) headbands, (6) needle holders and (7) greeting cards.
SPIN-OFF Spring 1996 (v.20#1) pg. 56

Buttons. Designing with buttons, making buttons and suggestions on button sizes and spacing.
THREADS #2 Dec 1985-Jan 1986 pg. 56

Tip: An improvement on the instructions that come with covered-button sets.
THREADS #10 Apr-May 1987 pg. 12

Tip for sewing a button so it won't come off.
THREADS #15 Feb-Mar 1988 pg. 14

Tip: How to make felt buttons.
THREADS #20 Dec 1988-Jan 1989 pg. 10

Practical tailoring techniques from Coco Chanel. Describes quilting a shell to a jacket lining and construction of the jacket. Instructions for making a Chanel buttonhole, for adding trims, and for making a Chanel button with a fabric ring with gold center.
THREADS #23 Jun-Jul 1989 pg. 24
Added Info THREADS #25 Oct-Nov 1989 pg. 4

Tip on restoring pearl buttons.
THREADS #27 Feb-Mar 1990 pg. 12

Making crocheted buttons to match a sweater in two styles (ball and flat).
THREADS #27 Feb-Mar 1990 pg. 39

How to make Dorset buttons (a ring covered with buttonhole stitches and spokes, which anchor the backstitching that fills the center).
THREADS #33 Feb-Mar 1991 pg. 16

Tip shows how to reinforce buttons mounted on silk.
THREADS #33 Feb-Mar 1991 pg. 16

Couture sewing techniques from Givenchy. (1) A patch pocket. (2) A braided button shank.
THREADS #37 Oct-Nov 1991 pg. 26

Tip shows how to put a row of half-ball shank buttons with fabric loops down the back of a dress (fitted with a zipper) so that with the zipper closed, the loops and buttons look convincing.
THREADS #39 Feb-Mar 1992 pg. 20

Buttons and beads. How to make them from polymer clay. Clay basics, the creation of rods, canes and multicolor slices.
THREADS #39 Feb-Mar 1992 pg. 58
Added Info THREADS #40 Apr-May 1992 pg. 4
Added Info THREADS #41 Jun-Jul 1992 pg. 6

Tip suggests making horn buttons from deer antlers.
THREADS #44 Dec 1992-Jan 1993 pg. 14

Tip tells how to dye white, porus plastic buttons.
THREADS #45 Feb-Mar 1993 pg. 12

How to make a closure on a reversible jacket so it can be buttoned right over left when worn either side out.
THREADS #45 Feb-Mar 1993 pg. 12

Buttons from thread. How to crochet elegant buttons. Instructions for making circle, cluster, daisy and baby bullion buttons.
THREADS #46 Apr-May 1993 pg. 57

How to add a thread shank to the back of a fabric or needle-lace button.
THREADS #50 Dec 1993-Jan 1994 pg. 20

Needle-lace buttons. Instructions furnished for (1) clock pattern, (2) woven flag button, (3) Leek button.
THREADS #50 Dec 1993-Jan 1994 pg. 40

Slotted card serves as button holder and guide when sewing on non-shank buttons by machine.
THREADS #53 Jun-Jul 1994 pg. 16

Tip on how to speed up hand sewing of buttons, hooks and eyes, or snaps.
THREADS #57 Feb-Mar 1995 pg. 12

Tip describes how to insure that metal or plastic shanks on buttons without holes don't cut through the threads holding them in place.
THREADS #62 Dec 1995-Jan 1996 pg. 14

Tip on a flexible, non-raveling reinforcing layer for buttons stitched to single layers.
THREADS #62 Dec 1995-Jan 1996 pg. 14

Custom buttons that shine. Bottons made from an oven-bake polymer clay (like Sculpey or Fimo) are textured and finished with composition gold leaf.
THREADS #62 Dec 1995-Jan 1996 pg. 48

Off the rack and ready to bead. What to look for in a ready-to-wear blouse, a summary of supplies and tools needed and suggestions for beading designs. Also shows how to add complimentary beading to buttons.
THREADS #62 Dec 1995-Jan 1996 pg. 56

Distinctive braid buttons are formed by wrapping round and square shapes with soutache braid and other trims.
THREADS #63 Feb-Mar 1996 pg. 59

Tip suggests a procedure that will keep buttons on longer.
THREADS #65 Jun-Jul 1996 pg. 12

Foolproof button reattachment process described.
THREADS #66 Aug-Sep 1996 pg. 18

How to make "clay" buttons with timeworn-looking results by using photocopy transfer on polymer clay.
THREADS #66 Aug-Sep 1996 pg. 82

Discovered buttons. How to convert small objects into buttons.
THREADS #69 Feb-Mar 1997 pg. 58

Tip suggests sewing one or two extra buttons onto handmade garments.
THREADS #70 Apr-May 1997 pg. 18

Tip suggests combining two different buttons as one to add pizzazz.
THREADS #80 Dec 1998-Jan 1999 pg. 12

How to make removable button strips with fragile or non-washable buttons so the individual buttons don't have to be removed and resewn before and after each washing.
THREADS #81 Feb-Mar 1999 pg. 16

How to make a set of beaded buttons on a fabric back.
THREADS #81 Feb-Mar 1999 pg. 76
Added Info THREADS #84 Aug-Sep 1999 pg. 18

Low-tech, high-impact button closures. Straight-stitch embellishment, covering buttons with fabric, adding a contrasting insert to a covered button and how to make easily removable buttons.
THREADS #84 Aug-Sep 1999 pg. 48

Tips on making knotted Chinese buttons.
WEAVER'S JOURNAL #33 Summer 1984 (v.9#1) pg. 7

Making turned ivory collar studs the old fashioned way.
WOODTURNING #19 Feb 1994 pg. 14

Tatted buttons.
WORKBASKET Apr 1983 (v.48#6) pg. 26