Fugly or Fabulous

I'm trying to make most of my Christmas gifts this year. And yes, I am insane thanks for asking!

I've been Inspired by the awesome button jewelry folks out there like Junkinmytrunk. So I thought I would try to create a button bracelet with some Bakelite buttons and other random vintage goodness as a gift. I sewed them onto a black grosgrain elastic and now I'm not sure I like it.


Should I take it apart? It's either awesome or awful, I just can't tell anymore. What do you say? I can take it. Here are a few shots of the bracelet from different angles.




14 comments:

Anonymous said...

hmm. Love the concept, but I have to be honest, not a fan of that bracelet. It looks a little busy for me. Although, I have a "simpler" style. I liked the ones found here, though:
http://www.wendycook.com/id16.html

and

http://www.makezine.com/blog/archive/2006/07/button_bracelets.html

Lotta said...

Oh, I do love the colorful Wendy Cook one. I know she made those by buying "bracelet blanks" (you can find on Etsy or ebay) and gluing the buttons on. Thanks for letting me know your thoughts. I'm not in love with it that's for sure. I love the buttons on it but not sure about the design.

Karly said...

You can take it? You sure? Cuz I vote fugly.

Now I feel like a bitch. Sorry.

judi said...

Um, pardon me....... I kinda like it! I'm also the one who wears a bracelet made from two forks!

With the right outfit and shoes, I think it would rock!

The end.

Lotta said...

Not offended at all. I'm usually like Judi. I like everyday stuff as art and wearables. And I think sometimes something can cross so far over the fugly line it becomes pretty.

I'm just thinking this didn't quite make it.

Becky said...

Cool idea, funky buttons, but they just aren't working well together. I think if they were a more uniform size and overlapped each other better (like the ones in the second picture do), it would look great! Would any of the buttons work well as a big, chunky pendant?

Anonymous said...

Holy crap those buttons are awesome! I am drooling over the big ones. As for the design, sometimes a design needs to be taken apart a few times before it feels "right". If you are not sure about it, you can always play with it until you are. Once you get the construction design down.....you can make bunches and bunches....with all your awesome buttons!!!

Lotta said...

I love the buttons too - thanks! Great suggestions!

Caron said...

Here's my two cents: Love the idea, but I think you have too many way cool buttons on one bracelet. Highlight 3 or 4 and fill in with a supporting cast of nice, but less flashy buttons.

I didn't know they made elastic grosgrain. You just made one of my ideas move closer to reality!

g-man said...

I am far from the right person to ask, my will will tell you I have no fashion sense what-so-ever, so take it for what it is worth. What came to mind was IUD's on display.

Nice that you are crafting keep it up.

Tilly said...

I think the elastic spoils it - it would be better if you couldn't see any of it.

The buttons are bee-ootiful. Good find.

I have a bracelet made from vintage typewriter keys, with the keys stuck on one of those bracelet blanks - it rocks.

Wendy said...

Hi, Lotta. I'm the Wendy Cook of whom you speak. Indeed, you can use bracelet blanks, but then you are limited as to the size of and quantity of buttons that you use. The way around that problem is mounting your buttons to bolo slides and joining them with jump rings...ending with whatever enclosure you prefer...I use a box clip. You must use a very strong epoxy otherwise the button can come loose.

Lotta said...

Now I feel like a big dork for assuming you used blanks. I love what you're telling me even though I don' totally get how to do it. I'll have to get the materials and stare at them for awhile!

Wendy said...

That's what I did when I was trying to come up with the design. I tried everything you can imagine, as I explained in the New York Sun interview.(http://wendycook.com/imagelib/sitebuilder/misc/show_image.html?linkedwidth=560&linkpath=http://www.wendycook.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/newyorksun.jpg&target=tlx_new&title=The%20New%20York%20Sun ) I tried elastic, thread, wire etc. Finally, I walked over to 6th Ave (where all the jewelry supply stores are) and bought all sorts of parts until I came up with the look I was going for. Such is the case with all of my work...once I get an idea, there is no stopping me and I just keep trying different things until I get it right.

This book, published last year, might prove helpful http://www.amazon.com/Simple-Button-Jewellery-Karine-Michel/dp/1844481948/ref=pd_bbs_6?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1198424384&sr=8-6

Good luck.