1" Porcelain buttons with handmade pinshanks (wire, torch...voila, pinshank).

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Comment by Carl Ray Crutchfield on July 27, 2012 at 4:28pm
Comment by Victoria Cochran on July 26, 2012 at 7:05pm

(ok, not liking ning's image handling, at all!)

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Carl, I'm not 100% sure re: your question, but here is the type of pin I'm making for my porcelain fibulae. If this is on the right track, let me know.

If you have a fishhook sharpener, you can get started right away ;)

Comment by Carl Ray Crutchfield on July 26, 2012 at 3:59pm

very nice and great explanation.  another question if I may.  Have you had occasion to add a long over-sized straight pin on any such as a hat pin or coat pin might have.  I have seen them with a twist on cap that goes over the pin point after it is inserted in the sweater, coat, hat, etc. This is something I have wanted to try but have been unable to locate a pin that would be usable.  Thanks.  PS I think the buttons you have mounted on the cards make an extremely nice presentation.  -carl 

Comment by Victoria Cochran on July 26, 2012 at 11:58am

Thank you, Carl.

Buttons can be pierced (the kind w/holes), self-shank (bump w/hole on back of the button), or... pin shank: the button has a single hole, center, through which a metal pin, with a head, is passed, extending out the back of the button, where it's rolled into a loop.

I make mine out of copper wire snipped, melted with a torch until it beads up, pickled & polished, then passed through the button, trimmed & formed.

Comment by Carl Ray Crutchfield on July 26, 2012 at 11:26am

beautiful work.  What is a pinshank? 

Comment by Victoria Cochran on July 26, 2012 at 9:14am

Thank you, Donna!

Thank you, Denice! (It's a translucent midrange porcelain.)

Comment by Denice E. Demuth on July 26, 2012 at 6:08am

Good variety of pattern and colors, is this a cone 10 porcelain or is it a cone 6 semi porcelain?  Denice

Comment by Donna Ferrara on July 26, 2012 at 5:53am



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