Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Journal with Plum Wood Button

Here is a journal with a plum wood button on the cover. My sister kindly saved me some of the wood when she was pruning her plum tree. I'd never made buttons from fruit tree wood before, so it was interesting to see how they came out. I really like the dark swirl in the center of the button.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Journals with Buttons

I've been busy the last couple of weeks making more wooden buttons for my journals. The photo above shows some of them. They are mostly walnut and cherry, plus a few made from plum, birch, bird's eye maple, and hickory. I've started making some journal / sketchbooks with them, including this large leather journal, which has a birch button on the cover:

...and the small leather journal/sketchbook below, which has a bird's eye maple button on the cover. I will be making more journals next week--I'm all excited about some buttons I made from a piece of plum wood I saved when my sister was pruning her fruit trees, and I'm keen to use one of those. Stay tuned for more photos...