Amy started making button necklaces in 2007. "There are so many beautiful old buttons that aren't being used, and I like to give them a new life, and show them off a bit. A lot of people have very fond memories of buttons, and at markets I constantly get people telling me about how they used to play with nana's button tin."
She uses a mixture of new and vintage buttons strung onto strong waxed cord to create her necklaces, which are all one-offs. One of her favourite things about making the necklaces is coming up with fun new colour combinations. She has a lot of repeat customers who always tell her they get heaps of comments when they wear one of her pieces.
She also sell a range of button rings, earrings, hairclips and brooches made from both new and vintage buttons. They're affordable and make excellent gifts.
Amy loves selling her jewellery at markets. "It's great fun, and I do it as much as possible. Crafternoon Tea has really great vibes, and it's always exciting to see what the other crafty regulars have been making! "
"Besides making my button jewellery, I teach children's art classes, work in a gallery and volunteer at art events. My main passions are drawing and painting, and I have just finished a degree in visual art."
Amy's Jewellery blog is http://amysbuttonjewellery.blogspot.com/
and she also has an art blog http://amypotenger.blogspot.com/.
Amy is a regular at Crafternoon Tea. Be sure to check out her beautiful work on the 18th of June. Thanks so much for your time Amy. Keep up the Crafty work : )