The lovely Cindy Wimmer is hosting a button swap/blog hop on May 13th, which happens to be Mother's Day. She assigned us partners and we swapped four buttons, one should be in the category of special. I took special to mean handmade, so I finally got a button mandrel from Arrow Springs and made my lovely partner Rebekah Payne, of Tree Wings Studio, a purple and green button. You can see the buttons I sent to Rebekah on her blog.
Months ago, I took a class at ArtBliss given by Barbara Lewis of Painting with Fire. It involved learning how to make torch-fired enamel beads. I loved it - as you may be able to guess. Barbara did teach us how to fuse items into a flat pendant, but we didn't spend a lot of time on that process, as the day seemed to go so fast! I was making enameled pieces the other night, and due to my own ineptness (remember the big toe burn???) I was able to fuse these two pieces together totally by accident. Now of course, it isn't a usable piece. However, now that I know how to do it, I can see some pieces like this in my future! I can't wait to get more copper cutouts!