April 15, 2018
This spring, we're sharing a little-known fact about Island Cove Beads...we have a beautiful collection of buttons too! Read the interview with Island Cove's owner Colleen Ewart about her unique collection of vintage Czech glass and metal buttons, and how you can use them in your jewelry designs.
Q: Where does Island Cove source its collection of buttons? How have you grown your collection of vintage buttons over the years?
A: "Years ago I saw some vintage glass buttons in a bead shop and they reminded me of the buttons I'd seen in my grandmother's button tin growing up. I bought a few, and then started searching for even more buttons. I soon came to realize that glass buttons could be used as clasps in my beaded jewelry designs. I always had my eye out for unique buttons and picked up a few more here and there over the years. Once, a friend of mine acquired a huge lot of vintage buttons from eBay and shared some with me. More recently, during one of my trips to the annual Tucson Gem Show, I discovered beautiful hand-painted buttons from the Czech Republic."
Q: When would you choose to use a button clasp instead of another type of clasp?
A: "I love using buttons as clasps because they're just as pretty as the glass beads in the bracelet design. I've also used glass buttons in custom designs for people with metal allergies who can't wear jewelry with more traditional metal lobster claw, magnetic, or toggle clasps."
Q: What is your favorite way to integrate buttons into your jewelry designs?
A: "My favorite way to use them would be as a focal point in a lariat necklace! We teach a few classes at Island Cove that integrate buttons as clasps including the Boho Beach Wrap Bracelet, Denim to Diamonds, It's a Wrap Bracelet, and Braided Wrap Bracelet."
Our glass buttons come in a variety of sizes, colors, and finishes. If you're looking for a nature-inspired button, check out our dragonfly and flower buttons. The collection includes more modern, geometric styles too.
If you'd like to add a hint of metallic shine into your designs, Island Cove also carries a variety of metal buttons. From floral designs to beach-themed styles like these sand-dollar buttons, you can choose from silver tone, gold, antique copper, and antique bronze finishes. And not all buttons are round - check out our cool square-shaped buttons!
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October 29, 2017
Typically it's the changing of the leaves that signifies fall flora. But its chrysanthemums, or “mums,” that have caught our attention this month. They commonly bloom during the fall, earning the designation as birthday flower for those born in November. Available in a wide array of colors - from white, to yellow and gold, pink, orange, bronze, deep red, and purple, Island Cove artists and clients alike are going crazy for chrysanthemums.
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