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Death Head Buttons


These buttons are the result of my first attempt at making Death Head Buttons. They aren't perfect but they are quite satisfactory for my needs.



I haven't tried them in the past because I don't have the proper button molds with a single hole in the centre. Instead I used wooden craft buttons and angled my needle through the holes and toward the centre threads to finish off the buttons.


I'm sure my death head buttons will improve with practice and it also wouldn't hurt if I made them under better lighting conditions and didn't watch TV at the same time. I used Wonderfil thread which may not be ideal for this purpose but it sure is pretty.

If you would like to have a go at making them yourself I used this video to get the hang of them.

30 comments:

  1. Death Head buttons? My word. They look impressive, but I really do need an explanation as to how they get the name! #MySUndayPhoto

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    1. I guess I had better go and do some research! I believe the name origin goes back to the 18th century.

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  2. Hi Stella, as strange as this may sound, but as children me and my sister loved sorting through my Mums button tin and these type of button were sort of the posh ones.I am very impressed that you managed to make them yourself and they look so neat and tidy.

    xx

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    1. Sounds perfectly normal to me. My Nanna would give me her button tin to play with I it would keep me happy for hours. I must say I'm pretty pleased they turned out alright. It took all evening to make just the four though. What sort of tin did your Mum use? Here's my Nan's tin. http://www.purfylle.com/2014/11/nannas-button-tin.html

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  3. They look amazing but I'd love to know why they are called Death Head buttons? They must have taken you ages to do.

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    1. I have not yet been able to determine why they are called that. One source suggests the that the name is a mystery and another suggests it is due to the cross shape of the starter threads. If I find out more I will definitely share!

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  4. Wow the work that has gone into these is incredible.

    Happy Easter

    Thank you for linking up

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    1. They are rather labour intensive just for a button.

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  5. How clever it must take practice and patience

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    1. It took me a few a goes to get the hang of it.

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  6. That name took me by surprise. Morbid!
    You mention they are not "perfect" but every button in your photos, is. Great job making them. :)

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    1. It is rather morbid isn't it? We are rather shy of death these days but in the past it was far more a part of our day to day existence and less in poor taste.

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  7. Oh well done! These look fantastic! #MySundayPhoto

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    1. Thank you :o) I am rather pleased with the results if I do say so myself.

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  8. They look amazing - love a good button!

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    1. With a bit more practice I'm going to try some of the more complicated variations and hopefully some metallics too.

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  9. Happy Resurrection Sunday, Stella!
    I was gonna ask about the name, but everyone else already took care of that for me!

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    1. It's a crazy name for a button isn't it?

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    1. I'm glad you think so! I just see all the little things I didn't get quite right.

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  11. Oh I've never heard of them but they are lovely

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    1. The first time I stumbled across them I was in awe. I'm really thrilled to have made my own.

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  12. Awesome name and awesome you! You made that?! Looks really intricate =)

    #mysundayphoto

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    1. It took me all evening just to make four but now that I've got the hang of it I think they would be faster to make.

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  13. Wow these look amazing and so neat!! I love my crafts but I'm not a beat crafter, it always impresses me!

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    1. I have never heard the term 'beat crafter' before and when I googled it all I found was something about music. I guess I'm showing my age :o)

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  14. My mom also had a nice collection of buttons that my sister and spent hours playing with.

    Your buttons look awesome. I checked out the video. Wow! A lot of work goes into those little puppies. Well done. Thanks for sharing. Now I'm off sharing your post. Have a great day, Darlene

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    1. They are a lot of work but I think the end result justify the effort. Thanks for sharing =D

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