Bright as a button they say and smile from ear to ear.
What makes this saying special and why is largely a question of history when buttons were always shiny and bright. It was a particular feature of military uniforms to have buttons that were highly polished. It is not hard to see how bright as a button became another way of saying someone was clever and bright or quick-witted.
Creativity is about wit too – a different part of the brain, but no less worthy. So today's article celebrates those buttons and those that are as bright as them, while the perfect combinations of the two leads to even more delightful results.
But let's start at the beginning so we can have a real hold on our subject matter. When did they first pop up and why?
Well, some say as early as 2800 to 2600 BC in the Indus Valley and there were examples during the Bronze Age in China and in Ancient Rome where they were made out of shells and often used as seals with holes made through them so that a string or thread could be attached.
The Middle Ages was, however, the Golden Age of buttons, if there is such a thing, as more and more clothes were fastened or held together with them.
As their usefulness grew so did the materials from which they were manufactured and one can truly say that list is still being extended but to name a few, buttons have been made from ivory and bone, metal and glass, leather and copper, rubber, porcelain and stone, even paper mache and crochet.
For those of you who are "buttoned" now and want to know more about these bright little objects closer to home go to www.ausbuttonhistory.com
They are as versatile as they are colourful and in this day and age, there is a very popular trend to make beautiful jewellery out of buttons and many other items as well. Enter addictedtobuttons.com.au/buttons/
Addicted to Buttons is a very button loving and friendly forum but above all creative and a little different.
Kylie writes of the Button necklaces "It's not what you expect ... It will attract attention, cause people to look twice and strangers to start a conversation with you ... The humble, frequently forgotten, taken for granted button is transformed into something unexpected – something treasured – something that makes you feel amazing!"
So fancy being amazing, make a date and go along to the Handmade Expo Markets which are being held in various locations and enjoy browsing and choosing your very own button necklace. Why stop at necklaces though! Have a look at the other products which Addicted to Buttons produces and take some home with you.
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Clutch bag with button
Finally and perhaps to give you a whole new perspective about these cute little items which are so ubiquitous in our lives, did you know that buttons are not everyone's cup of tea? There is something out there called Koumpounophobia – yes, unbelievably the fear of buttons and Steve Jobs was one such sufferer. Seems bizarre but the world is wonderfully diverse and one human's thrill is another human's phobia. Maybe they just like to zip it.