Here's a fun tutorial to turn your old silverware and shirt buttons into a gorgeous lapel pin for Mom. Give her a little glamour for all the polishing and mending she's done in her life.
mother of pearl buttons
thin silver wire
Form a guideline with a piece of masking tape wrapped around a knife handle. Cut along the line with a hacksaw and use a file to smooth out any rough burrs.
Cut an eight inch length of wire and fold in half. Thread 4 pearls onto the wire and twist. Thread the two wire ends through a medium sized button and then through a larger one.
Push up the buttons until they are just below the pearls. Twist the wires to form a flower and stem. Repeat these instructions using three pearls and one medium sized button. Also make small flowers with one pearl and a small button. Make several of each size pearl button flower. Twist all of the stems together.
Squirt Goop glue into the hollow opening of the knife handle and push the twisted wires into the glue.
Squeeze equal amounts of both parts of epoxy onto a piece of paper and mix together with a toothpick. Spread onto the back of the pinback and attach to the knife handle. Allow to set up.