Hi! This site is an archive of my old craft blog. You can now find my new writing, and my two new shops, in their new homes: Patchwork Jackdaw for one-off, intricate jewellery pieces in muted colours, and Florence Loves Fridays for bold, chunky, quirky jewellery.
I have been making button stud earrings with sterling silver stud mounts for years now. Recently I found a good quality source of the same size mounts in surgical steel, which some people find works better for sensitive ears. Now for earrings within my my main range of button stud earrings, in both 9mm and 6mm sizes, you can pick which metal you prefer.
Inge in Germany wrote to me and asked if I could make some white stud button earrings to match the black ones I already make. The 9mm black button studs are one of my most popular pieces of jewellery, but for some reason I had never got round to making white ones before now. Anyway, I got hold of some matching white buttons, and this was the result:
I guess that probably looks like four buttons just resting on some foam in a gift box, but actually they look like this:
It took me years to work out how to make these button stud earrings without the buttons coming off, but I’ve finally cracked it with the right technique. I originally just made them on silver plated studs, but my sister, who has been road-testing them for me, needed solid sterling silver ones as she tends to leave the same pair of earrings in for months at a time, and this isn’t generally recommended for non-precious metals. So now they are available in two versions – silver plated, and sterling silver. The buttons are 9mm across.
The original pearly plastic stud button earrings are available in a variety of bright colours: red, yellow, orange, green, blue, purple, hot pink and black. I’ve also made some stud button earrings in natural wood, which are very popular.
After I’d made these, I started experimenting with layering the little 8mm buttons with even smaller buttons, to form tiny collages. They are stitched together, and then stuck onto the earring posts. I’ve made several different designs, mostly with flower shaped buttons layered over the round ones, and one with tiny hearts (was having a cute-overload that day, I think…).