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Ultimate Sewing Challenge

And Old Buttons!

Along with sewing I enjoy making porcelain buttons.  I taught myself how to make plaster molds of my antique button collection and buttons from designs I have made.  Using antique books I found on china painting I taught myself how to china paint the buttons and I also learned how to do Wedgwood.  My button art has been featured in Bliss Victoria 1999 and 1998 as well as 11 months in Sew News magazine during this same time period.  Sew News also featured my jewelry made from my button designs and Bliss Victoria sold them at their store in Grand Central Station in New York.

I also do beading with my porcelain buttons and made my Native American hairpiece using my Lady Liberty porcelain button.  I do custom work but took down my website because the Japanese companies were copying my designs using pewter!!  How about that!!  Jeepers!

Learning how to make the molds was the hardest part.  Cleaning the porcelain, kiln firing it, then glazing and firing again and then several times more kiln fires for for the china painting; takes a good deal of time and skill.  But when I adorn my sewing, bead or make jewelry with these buttons, I have a real treasure!  I am now teaching myself silversmithing and will incorporate this into my jewelry and button designs!  Too much fun!!  I also do glass fusing for more fun buttons!  I hope to have time to download one of my outfits with the glass buttons on it! 

How do I find the time!  I have a wonderful husband to helps out with cleaning the buttons and maintaining the kilns….well….ok, he is indentured for life.  But he doesn’t mind! :))


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    debbie_turney | | #1

    do you ever sell these wonderful button?...I make vintage wear and would love to get some for my outfits..

  2. GodSewedFirst | | #2

    Hi Debbie, yes I do sell these buttons! You may contact me at [email protected]. Kindest regards, Jayne

  3. Katielynne | | #3

    Jayne, I...am...in...AWE! Your work is quite simply the most fabulous I've ever seen. Your artistic interpretation is inspiring. Thank you for sharing.

    (I am sorry to hear about Japanese companies 'stealing' your original creative ideas...it is disappointing, and for me, reduces my respect for them. Now, some will say art cannot be copyrighted, but what about integrity and what you know in your heart is right?)

    I hope you will venture to share future work with silver—but I would certainly understand if you have reservations in doing so.

  4. GodSewedFirst | | #4

    Katielynne! I am in Jefferson, Oregon!! We are in the same State. Jefferson is about 8 miles south of Salem. If you would like to stop by and have a cup of tea soon, I can show you my buttons and the articles about them! Anyone who has a picture of their beautiful cat up on the Net is always someone I'd like to meet! Blessings! Jayne

  5. Josefly | | #5

    What wonderful artistry. I just stumbled onto the photos of your buttons and had to comment; I've not explored the Threads online site in a number of months. Thanks so much for showing these, they're remarkable. I wish you had a booth at the upcoming Atlanta Sewing Expo.

    I also liked your "Navy Uniform."


  6. cvan9 | | #6

    I admire your technical curiosity and perserverence. I would love to have seen your articles. I believe the zodiac is represented in blue wedgewood materials?

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    alanperez | | #7

    Brilliant Work.. well done

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    RaulBurke | | #8

    wow nice i want to these.

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