While working on my projects for the Realm of Venus costume challenge, I decided I wanted to try a different way to make buttons for my new muff. Vecellio mentions gold and crystal buttons being used to keep them closed. My digging and research through the Elizabethan Costume Page on Facebook lead me to this lovely piece of documentation.
6/30/14 Note: Katrine De Saint Brieuc was the original poster of this image to the Elixabethan Costume Page on Facebook. Thank you for sharing your knowledge!
- Decorative headpins for jewelry or non-decorative pins and fancy "caps"
- Large bead of your choice, round ones work well (demo is done with silver plated beads)
- Needle nose pliers
- Wire cutters
Step 1: Place bead (and cap if using on decorative pins) onto jewelry pin.
Step 2: Create a loop at the base of the bead using pliers.
Step 3: Wrap wire of pin around the base of this loop.
Step 4: Clip off any excess wire.
I hope you all feel inspired to make some beautiful buttons!