Step 1: The Purse
- plain black - the colours should be from the buttons, white may work as well,
- simple style - too many dangling bits, exterior buckles and exterior pockets make it difficult to attach the buttons and also take away the focus from the buttons,
- smooth material - this makes it easier to glue the buttons to, fuzzy or course materials would be harder, and
- cost effective - the less expensive the better.
Step 2: The Buttons
The next step will show how to prepare the shank buttons.
Step 3: The Preparation
As we want to glue the buttons to the purse, any odd button types (shank buttons especially) need to be prepared first.
The example below shows the process for a shank button as follows;
- with a pair of side cutters/Dremel cut the shank, and then
- with medium grade sandpaper sand the back of the button flat.
After sanding give all the buttons a wash to remove any of the plastic’s dust.
Step 4: The Design
I started to arrange the buttons into colour piles and realised it looked nicer when the buttons were arranged this way. Also, I realised that placing the buttons in a geometric pattern was a better approach to a random distribution. Hence, it was decided to make a colour gradient on each side of the purse.
I used a sheet of paper first to see how it would look, and to determine the spacing between buttons. I eventually opted for a 10mm grid, as this would allow for the buttons to just not be touching.
Step 5: The Implementation
I decided to grind away some of the buttons that were protruding on the opening front flap.