~~ Supporting American Artisans ~~ Each of my buttons is hand made by me in my glass studio in SE Michigan. The glass I use is made by American Artisans as well. I use: Bullseye Glass, hand made in Portland, Oregon. Uroboros Glass, also hand made in Portland, Oregon. Royal Art Glass, hand made here in Michigan. Full disclosure, the button backs and the epoxy I get from a supplier in the US but where they got them...? Each button is individually designed and made by me. It is fired in a professional programable kiln to the optimum temperatures and times for a secure fuse and a full annealing schedule for durability and beauty. Enjoy!
~~ Button Sizes ~~ Wondering what button size is best for your project? As a general rule, for most sweaters and jackets where you want more than 2 buttons I would recommend the 3/4" (19mm) size. This is a common and appropriate general size for sweaters and jackets. For a bolder statement, or a garment where you want to make the button a focal point use a 1" (25mm) size. These are a little heavier so a mid to heavy weight sweater or jacket is best here. The 1" buttons are also perfect for purse flaps and other accessories. For a lighter weight garment you may want the 1/2" (13mm) size as they are a little more delicate in appearance and lighter weight. Still not sure? E-mail me with your specific project and I can help!
3/4" Dragon Scales Button
~~ Button Weight ~~ Wondering why I list the button's weight? Afraid a glass button is too heavy? Here is a frame of reference; a typical 3/4" pewter button weighs approximately 5g (grams), a US quarter weighs 5.6g, a US nickle weighs 4.9g, a US penny weighs 2.5g, and a US dime weighs 2.1g. This should help you judge if the button you are looking at will be appropriate for your intended use.
~~ The Care and Feeding of Glass Buttons ~~ Glass buttons are surprisingly durable but some care is prudent for a long and happy life. Your glass buttons can be gently hand washed in cool soapy water. Be careful not to knock them against a steel or cast iron sink and a long soak is not recommended. Dry Cleaning chemicals can alter the look of many of the metallic finishes used on some of the button styles and is therefore not recommended either. And never put your glass buttons in the washing machine or dryer. If your shiny glass gets finger prints just wipe with a micro-fiber cloth and it will shine right up! ~~ Wondering what to use them on? Any fine wearable garment such as a jacket or sweater that can be hand washed. They also are great for accessorizing a hand made purse or replacing boring buttons on an otherwise great outfit. I can't tell you how many expensive wool blazers I have bought over the years and replaced the cruddy buttons immediately with something far more appropriate; a fine glass button! :-)