Closures – Remnants

Unique Jewelry Fashioned from Antique & Collectible Buttons, Cufflinks & Buckles

The All New Closures-Remnants Website


Hello!    Well…please bear with me and my new website.  I am extemely tech impaired and my fabulous website designer Shelton Koskie is trying to help me…but I am taking baby steps!  This is my first blog.  I will try to blog about once a week…maybe more often depending on what’s going on.  I am packing up my “Kidnapper Van”  (so aptly name by my smart-a_ _  son)  to head down to little Belle Plaine, KS….about 20 min. S. of Wichita.  There is a FABULOUS place called the Bartlett Arboretum…and it is celebrating its’ 100th anniversary this year.  The current owner/steward of this awesome place, Robin Macy, hosts an event called “Art at the Arb”.  You can wander the amazing place, enjoy the gardens and mature trees, buy art, listen to music,  and eat Barbeque!  Bring your lawn chairs and stay awhile. The town also has the Tulip Festival going on, so lots to do and see!  Have a fabulous weekend whatever you do…and thanks for reading me!  :)

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Melinda Hutton is an artist from Newton, Kansas. She designs bracelets using antique and collectible buttons. Each piece she designs is one-of-a-kind, and most of the buttons she uses date from the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s.

Melinda Hutton

Melinda stumbled upon the world of antique buttons several years ago and became hooked! “Imagine my delight in finding a medium for jewelry which is richly varied, imaginatively designed and exquisitely crafted. My goal with my designs is to create heirloom pieces of jewelry that will preserve the art of vintage buttons and expose these tiny ‘masterpieces’ to more people.”

Melinda appreciates the historical value of antique buttons and joined the National Button Society (comprised of more than 4,000 members) to learn all about the buttons she wanted to use. She only uses buttons that are still plentiful in the button collecting circles. “I usually purchase buttons that are not deemed collectible due to their condition or availability. They are ALL wonderful and fascinating to me, but the experienced collector usually isn’t interested in the buttons I like. When I do get a ’special’ button it goes into my personal collection and out of my general stock. The larger picture buttons are too special not to wear as a pin…so I leave the shank on the back so they can always be restored to a button.”