Golden Week Earrings

Blue and gold antique buttons

This week was Golden Week here in Japan so it felt like the right time to make some colourful new earrings and enjoy the spring weather! Golden Week is just about the longest vacation period in Japan - there are four public holidays that fall within the same week so lots of people take some time off work, go travelling and enjoy the good weather.

I bought these blue and gold buttons at Rollo in Kobe last week. They're antiques from Holland and I love the turquoise/gold colour combination and the simple geometric design. The buttons are made of two parts that slot neatly together. The back piece is a gold plated metal disc with a hole cut out of the centre. The front part is made of moulded plastic and slots neatly into the hole in the metal piece. 

These earring were pretty easy and fun to make. All I needed was some gold plated brass wire which I threaded into the hooks at the back of the buttons. Then, using my pliers, I twisted the wire at the ends to secure them to the buttons. After that, I made some hand formed earring hooks to match.