One Year One Outfit buttons

As mentioned previously I’m participating in the one year one outfit challenge and I need buttons. I have some beautiful pebbles gathered from a West Australian beach which I was going to use but they don’t work colourwise so I found a piece of drying Banksia branch and hey presto, I have buttons!

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Just to walk you through the process, I brought home a couple of sticks of Banksia,

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put one of them through the circular saw

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to make my required number

DSC03090drilled a couple of holes in each one

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picked off the bark and then oiled them. The one on the left has been oiled with a locally produced bees wax and the one on the right with a local olive oil. The oil seems to show the striations in the wood better, so that might be the approach I adopt. I also sanded the edge of the one on the left smooth, but left the one on the right with its ridged edge, and again, I think I prefer this. Thoughts anyone? I haven’t finished off the others yet, so am open to suggestions.

DSC03119Now all I have to do is finish the garment that they are going on!

One disclaimer here – I haven’t suddenly acquired man hands – noisy machinery tends to freak me out a bit and so Archie kindly cut and drilled my buttons. I did the hard bit though – finding the stick and doing the oiling 🙂

I am going to participate in Me Made May again this year and herewith my pledge:

‘I, Sue of fadanista.com, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’15. I endeavour to wear only me made clothes each day for the duration of May 2015’

Fadanista

18 thoughts on “One Year One Outfit buttons

  1. Hey to you and good morning. I love your button idea and favor the one on the right. I’ll admit that I had no idea what a Banksia tree was and had to look it up. Of course, it was totally foreign to me here in So. Illinois. Apparently the Banksia has a beautiful flower and its seed pod is used for many woodworking projects. As if I am telling you something.
    I love your blog and hearing where you are and where you are going.
    I would love to have some of your buttons. How about a trade, a twig for a twig?

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  2. Hey Sue, what a great idea! In the past, I’ve bought many wood buttons to complete some knits (I love the match wood + wool) but it never occured to me that I could make my own buttons with wood sticks! Thanks, I’ll certainly give it a try. I like the darker finish with olive oil, but I would fear that the ridged edge could damage the wool or the fabric. One question about the peebles you collected: how would you make holes in them? Is that possible to achieve it with the same drill? (This might be a question for your pair of masculine hands.)

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    1. I had to buy very fine diamond drills to make the holes in the pebbles. Worked brilliantly. The buttons are going on a sweater, so I don’t think the ridged edge will be a problem, but I might think about this. I urge you to make some interesting buttons from local wood.

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      1. Thanks Sue. I’m making a note about diamond drills for peebles. I’ll e-mail you a picture of my native wood buttons when I’m done.

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  3. They are beautiful and what a fab thought. You are turning into a bit a hippy my friend – very cool. Handy to have Archie and his saw!

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  4. Is there no end to your creativity and resourcefulness Sue Stoney? I am sooooo impressed…and now I shall be eyeing every shrub and tree as a potential fashion accessory…
    …and all those bits and bobs in my husband’s garage…I’m thinking couture…
    🙂

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  5. What a great ideas for buttons, wood and pebbles, now to look around our neighbourhood, we have some largish grevilla bushes, I wonder how they would work. Would have loved to see Heidi playing on instagram but the link is not working.

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