Sunday

Mother of Pearl for Mother of Mine

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.

Materials
silverplate knife
mother of pearl buttons
small pearls
thin silver wire
pinback
Goop glue
epoxy

Tools
hacksaw
files



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.

Presidential candidates wear flags on their lapels; mothers wear silverware and buttons.

21 comments:

Kaysi @ Keeping it Simple said...

very pretty!!

Maria Matter said...

so gorgeous & creative!

SisterDG said...

This is awesome, Gail! Love how the button-flowers came out. You're a genius!

Aviva said...

Wow, this is FABULOUS! I'm always amazed at the sheer creativity I find in crafty blogs like yours! Thanks for the inspiration!!

imsteelefullofscrap said...

It turned out gorgeous!!!

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Laurel@chippingwithcharm said...

What a lovely idea :) Laurel

Stephanie said...

A super idea - this is going to be a great Mother's Day gift.

Toodie said...

My MIL would LOVE that!!! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

creativejewishmom.com said...

love it, a certainly she'll get lots of compliments! thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!

Jennie Louise said...

So very unique. I have NEVER seen this before.
So,I wonder if you would consider linking this post up with MY craft linky party too -- This tutorial is absolutely perfect for linking up and showing to my followers. I follow new bloggers, and I use Pinterest also to showcase my favourite crafty blog entries. http://www.snapdragonshots.com/2012/05/sunday-school-linky-party.html
Would love to see you link this up. :-)
jennie. x

Lynn @ UpCountry Olio said...

This is just an amazing, creative idea! Loving it!!

-Lynn

ruby murray said...

Love this, such a cute idea, just about to link to this on my recycling/repurpose.refashion blog

www.rubymurraysmusings.blogspot.ca

Mylene said...

Very cute! And so clever too!

vaishali sabnani said...

this is so cool..first time at u space...I will try to make a picture frame taking idea from u r post.u have a lovely blog.Happy to follow u:)

Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm said...

Oh my that is gorgeous! Thanks so much for the quick tute...I think I may give this a try. Pinning it!

Outback Crafter - Debra said...

So clever and beautiful. Is it heavy?

Judy said...

So I decided to make one of these for my mother of nine children, so nine buttons and each pearl on each button was how many kids each child had. I was so excited to do this project until after cutting open five different knives, not one of them was hallow! So I still made it, it was just frustrating. How do you tell if a knife is hallow or not?

Judy said...

So I decided to make one of these for my mother of nine children, so nine buttons and each pearl on each button was how many kids each child had. I was so excited to do this project until after cutting open five different knives, not one of them was hallow! So I still made it, it was just frustrating. How do you tell if a knife is hallow or not?

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