I first form a pile for the unusual shaped and textured buttons.
I make a pile of metal buttons too. Aren't these cool? Look at the one with the horse in the upper right hand corner. And I love the military buttons too (lower left)--just think of who wore that button!
Look at this one--it reminds me of a nuclear physics logo. Wonder if that one is vintage?
Sometimes it's the worn, unattractive buttons that are the most valuable (ever watched Antiques Roadshow?)
I also look for buttons made from shell. See the flower button below? That's made of plastic and it's easily identified because of its light weight and flat color.
A shell button, on the other hand (see right above) is going to have more weight to it, have a complex sheen, and it will sound click-y when placed on a surface. A plastic button will sound flat. Shell buttons will feel nicer in your hand and will feel cooler to the touch than a plastic button too.
I look for button groups like this too for potential outfits I can make. Sometimes if I'm really in love with a button, I'll build an outfit around them. These below reminds me of a cool, retro suit.
Here's a purse I made and the button was the important, crowning touch. I think it really gave the purse character.
|Khaki Flowers Purse|
I love this nautical button, and I am compiling a group of fabrics based on a nautical theme--this will go in that pile.
Last--this is my favorite button because it reminds me of Las Vegas Glam. This goes in my special pile!
Do you like to collect buttons? What do you look for?