First, I try to decide what size buttons I want or need. Then, of course the hunt for the right branch gets underway.
Maybe I'll find the perfect branch in this stack of wood ...Yep, found it! The branch for these buttons was blown out of the tree by tropical storm Beryl, a recent visitor to our area.
Using my band saw the branch is sliced into eight little pieces. Man-o-man, they look rough and that bark doesn't look very sturdy. Hmmm...
The bark had to go and two of the slices did not pass my stress test. I tried to break each piece to make sure it was strong enough to be a button. These strong little guys will work :) (They feel a bit naked)
The Dremel tool smoothed out the saw marks and the sander took care of the fine-tuning. It's tricky holding onto these little suckers while doing this.
These buttons were so tiny, I used pliers to hold them in place while drilling two holes. I want to keep my fingers for another project.
All surfaces were sanded several times until they were super-smooth. The edges were rounded a tad to soften them up. I included a pencil to help you see the size of these tinies.
I applied wax and set them out to dry. Any extra wax will easily be buffed away.
Finished branch buttons!
These are the tiniest I've ever made, but little beauties.
Complicated? You decide.
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