Closures – Remnants

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

Online Inventory at last!

September10

OK….I know you have been hearing the same old song and dance about getting my jewelry online…so I am finally doing it! I have hired a cool, hip young man – Kyle Reid – to finally do what I have only done in my mind. He is a KU graduate, majored in Journalism/Advertising….and excited to work on this project. He gets me excited all over again when he comes to the studio to work….I heart him very much! He has the added advantage of not being computer impaired (like me). Keep checking my page, he is only getting started! To go directly to my shop….you can go to: closuresremnants.etsy.com. Thanks for hanging in with me ! Melinda

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Creativity is in Full Gear !

August16

I sometimes think I should change the name of my business to ADHDesigns…because I am just ALL over the place when I am designing at the studio. I go over to a cabinet to get a component for a design, and then I see something else I had out…and I want to instantly start on another design….I am just bouncing all around with ideas! I just can’t make pieces fast enough. I love my job and can’t wait to see everyone at my shows this Fall because my customers are the best and you guys keep me inspired! THANKS!

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Spring is in the Air!

April5

Wow….the 70 degree weather puts a little jump in my step after the long Kansas cold winter.  Also,  I LOVE watching my High School son wrestle…BUT can’t say I will miss every weekend since Dec. sitting in “sweat smelling” Gyms!  I am really in the spring mood and my designs are reflecting that.  Lots of pastels, birds, and flowers are creeping into my pieces.  Hope you can see what I mean…stop by Art at the Arb…in Bellplaine, KS. this Sat. or Sun…I will be there with my goods.  Not to mention the FABULOUS tulips, foliage, music and food to be enjoyed at the Bartlett Arboretum.  (Check my show schedule tab. for hours).  For those of you can’t make it or aren’t local,  I am going to continue to load inventory on Etsy…(My jewelry tab on this site takes you right to my page…just click on a jewelry picture.)  Sweet spring to all…and keep creating!

Melinda

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New stuff

April16

I just bought some “new” old jewelry from one of my favorite sources and am excited to use them in some new pieces!  Honestly…I HAVE to stop buying more raw materials…my studio is packed full already…but I just can’t resist sparkly things!  I had a nice visit from a button buddy from Salina this week.  It is so much fun to share the love of buttons with a friend who “gets you”!   Art at the Arb was fabulous this year.  The weather was perfect  the customers were great, music and food were fabulous and our hostess, Robin Macy was the MOSTEST!   I need to keep loading more inventory into Etsy….it is so time consuming…each piece is one of a kind, and descriptions all vary.  I just need to keep at it and eventually my “store” will more closely represent all I have to offer at the art shows.  Be patient….I’ll get it done!   Have a creative week!

The All New Closures-Remnants Website

April9

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.”