I bought a box of 3.8cm self cover buttons and discovered that I could remove the wire that serves as a button shank.
I then set about glueing some brooch backs onto the backs of the buttons... a slow and boring process using epoxy resin glue (I don't want them to come apart)
The next stage was to take some of my printed and dyed jersey fabric samples that were left over from my fashion module and embroider little spider web wheels in variagated threads (also hand dyed but not by me)
This was the part I enjoyed best.
They were then cut out, gathered up and used to cover the buttons. The brooch backs were then simply pressed into place... no expensive machinery required.
And these are the first five off this rather slow production line and I confess I'm ridiculously pleased with them for something so simple. Fun little brooches for brightening up a tee shirt... or hat... or bag.
So I'm now packaging them up with a view to selling them before embarking on some different colours. But as ever there is the dilemma of what to charge. They are just a simple little badge but on the other hand they are hand embroidered onto fabric that I have printed and then dyed myself. I know that I cannot charge a realistic price for the amount of work invested and I don't really mind because they have been a pleasure to make.