Mice Earrings

When I saw these mice buttons at Rollo in Kyoto, I couldn't resist buying them immediately! I think they're super cute and full of character - more like toys than buttons really.

These buttons are actually antique ones, from France I think. They look like they've been made from a single piece of sheet metal that's been stamped into the shape of a mouse. Then the front and back halves have been folded together to form the 3D piece. The buttons are actually hollow and have little bells inside that jingle softly when you shake them. (There's a small slit at the base of the buttons so you can hear them!) The metal looks like it's been spray painted with grey enamel gloss paint with the small details like the eyes, nose, whiskers added later by hand.

To make these buttons into drop earrings, I added some dotted silver chain and earring hooks. When you wear them, the chain hangs down a like a tail. They're very light and fun to wear -  I only wish I had some cat ones too!!