Winter Whites

by Cindy on January 28, 2014

Vintage mother of pearl


Not too long ago I sat down to create my next project for Step by Step Wire magazine.  I had made twisted wire spirals that seemed to make the perfect back drop for something special.   I tried stitching a few vintage mother of pearl buttons on to the spirals with thin-gauge wire. The twisted wire around the edges created a nice border.  I was inspired to use some of those pretty mother of pearl buttons again that I had saved in a jar!  Why wait til the summer to enjoy a little white? We’ve certainly had our share of white this winter here on the East Coast!  Our snow days are all used and we’ll be borrowing from summer vacation days before long.

Do you collect mother of pearl buttons?  Any two-hole button will do. Gather up a few of your favorite buttons – ceramic, lampwork, vintage or new and create twisted wire + button pendants.  You can find this project in the February-March 2014 issue of Step by Step Wire.


Oxidized Wire Spirals by Cindy Wimmer

– Oxidized spirals before being polished and added to the tumbler –



Winter Whites by Cindy Wimmer


Winter Whites by Cindy Wimmer


Winter Whites by Cindy Wimmer

Thank you for visiting!

– Cindy xoxo


Cindy Wimmer, jewelry designer

Cindy Wimmer is a jewelry designer with a passion for combining vintage elements with modern wire design.   She is the co-founder of artBLISS, hosting jewelry and mixed media workshops in the DC area. Her first wire jewelry design book, The Missing Link, was recently released by Interweave Press.


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Mary Harding January 28, 2014 at 7:28 am

Cindy you button necklace is absolutely gorgeous. What a brilliant idea for displaying those wonderful white buttons. I have jar of them too and I will surely try this out. BTW I am working my way through your book The Missing Link–still in the beginner section. The more I work with your links the more ways I find that they can be used. It is so exciting to chain the links together and see how beautifully they set off the beads I am working with.
This indeed has been a white winter!!

Sandra January 28, 2014 at 7:36 am

Beautiful! Great idea. funny, I collect buttons too but I never use them.

Linda Younkman January 28, 2014 at 9:00 am

Cindy what a great idea and what fantastic work you do with wire. These would also make a great closure for use with leather. I love it!

Carol Myers January 28, 2014 at 9:15 am

Just wonderful!

Michelle T. January 28, 2014 at 9:19 am

Cindy those are gorgeous! You are so clever. I love the loose twist of the wire. Great job again!

Sally Anderson January 28, 2014 at 10:05 am

Gorgeous work, Cindy. So clever & original!! Love it!

Stephanie January 28, 2014 at 11:08 am

Lovely necklace, Cindy!
I just adore what you do!

Kathleen Lange Klik January 28, 2014 at 11:12 am

Gorgeous design! The wire work spirals are amazing and I love the addition of the vintage pearl buttons-very unique.

Susie January 28, 2014 at 11:47 am

I adore this necklace Cindy!!! A perfect way to use all those gorgeous mother of pearl buttons…love!!!!

Cindy Cima Edwards January 28, 2014 at 11:50 am

What a great idea and beautiful design! I do have some MOP buttons and would love to try something like this!

Elizabeth January 28, 2014 at 1:19 pm

So inspirational – thanks for sharing!

Erin Prais-Hintz January 28, 2014 at 1:45 pm

That is so refreshing! I love the way the wire frames each little treasure. You are a master, Miss Cindy. Enjoy the day. Erin

Linda Sadler January 28, 2014 at 3:51 pm

Beautiful necklace-I have a jar of MOP buttons too. Can’t wait to try these spirals. Love your book and have tried many of your links.

vicki January 28, 2014 at 4:32 pm

I think I’m going to have to start collecting buttons. Beautiful necklace!

Linda Sinish January 28, 2014 at 5:30 pm

Awesome! Naturally! 🙂 I can’t wait to get my hands on the tutorial so I can give your design a try. I adore it!
p.s. See you soon at artBLISS!

Kim (a Bit of Colour) January 28, 2014 at 6:25 pm

Nice Piece!!!!! So classy looking!

CraftyHope January 28, 2014 at 10:45 pm

LOVE this! I have a thing for buttons and am always looking for some new ideas for them. I’ll admit that it was your picture of the buttons that had me opening this post from my feed-reader. I’ll definitely have to check out your article!

Monique U. (A Half-Baked Notion) January 28, 2014 at 10:53 pm

Very fetching, Cindy… I adore buttons (though I wouldn’t say I “collect” them, more like they have collected themselves over the years) 🙂

Shirley January 29, 2014 at 10:03 am

Cindy, Not only do you create such stunning pieces from wire, but you are truly an inspiration. As I was admiring your piece, I was sadly thinking to myself that I could never even come close to making something like this, since it’s wire. But then my little lightbulb went off, and you gave me a great idea for a beadwoven piece with buttons taking center stage! I think that is the mark of a truly great designer, that not only do they create gorgeousness, but that they inspire others as well.
One of the things I noticed immediately in this piece is your total attention to detail. Every tiny thing stands out in this necklace, while clearly letting the buttons be the shining stars.

Sharon Palac January 29, 2014 at 1:02 pm

Another triumph, Cindy! Your unique creativity never ceases to amaze!

sandi m January 30, 2014 at 3:14 am

I just received my SBSJ issue today and when I saw your necklace ideas started percolating. Love the ‘frames’ and thinking how they can be used with other elements. The buttons are so pretty (I need to find my stash).
This would look stunning on a black sweater, blue jeans, black leather boots and maybe a matching bracelet + coil bangle for the wrist.
Beautiful work Cindy ~ you never disappoint.

cynthia January 30, 2014 at 9:20 am

What a wonderful design! Those coils look like woven baskets – LOVE it! I bet you would have fun with my huge jar of buttons collected through the years from my grandmother, mother-in-law, mom, sister-in-law …..etc. a few crazy old buttons in there!

kim January 30, 2014 at 3:13 pm

I have some special buttons that would work great for this project! Love your work!

Linda Landig February 2, 2014 at 6:10 am

I used to work in a co-op gallery and one day one of our members came in with a whole box of MOP buttons that she didn’t want–guess who DID want them! They are smaller and less decorative than yours, but I’d still love to use them in jewelry. Your necklace is very inspiring! Thanks for sharing!

Becky Pancake February 4, 2014 at 8:50 am

Cindy your necklace is gorgeous. What a clever idea.

Cindy February 8, 2014 at 12:57 pm

Absolutely beautiful Cindy! And yes, I love buttons too! When I was a child, I used to dump out my aunts button jar several times a week – just to fondle them and find new treasures- even though I had just seen them days before— haha!

Ruth Rae February 11, 2014 at 11:28 pm

I have a soft spot for vintage mother of pearl buttions! And you cleverly enhanced them to the next leval!

Saucy Chick Sherry February 19, 2014 at 12:01 am

Your twisted wire makes a beautiful background for these vintage mother of pearl buttons. The entire necklace is delightful. Beading Bliss…

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