I recently launched my new line of unique and original Acrylic Pour snap button jewellery at the Hobart Rotary Art Show at the Wrest Point Casino in early August 2019. The items were well received, sold well, and attracted lots of favourable comment.
The snap button or “chunk” is made from the overflow from a “dirty cup flip pour” of different colour acrylic paints that have been mixed with various mediums and additives such as silicone oil (which creates bubble shapes or “cells”). I have researched and experimented widely with different recipes and processes to ensure that I get the brightest, strongest and most flexible skin and final product. I therefore tend to use top of the range items like Liquitex Pouring Medium. I also use special artist quality paints, including metallic and iridescents, to get great depth and lustre or luminescence.
There is also a staged process involved which requires some patience to ensure that the acrylic skin is properly created, cleaned and cured.
I have also experimented with using the acrylic canvas itself to make the snap buttons. This enables the capture of more “cells” and movement.
I have given gifts to friends including the actual acrylic pour canvas or artwork and the matching jewellery. They have been particularly well received. Let me know if you are interested in one of these “sets”.
Whilst I personally make the acrylic artwork for the button, I have undertaken extensive research and source my base jewellery and items from overseas. Unfortunately, base snap button jewellery is not yet available in sterling silver or actual gold. A great deal of the current items are in stainless steel or an alloy base. When the terms like “silver” or “rose gold” are used, the reference is to the colour.
I am ready to market and sell for Xmas, in a number of different venues, including several days at the Hobart Artists’ Market (HAM), near Macquarie Point and the cruise ship terminal, which services the cruise ship industry and is open to the public. I will be at the HAM on 10 December 2019.
A full range of my jewellery is also on display and available to purchase from The Strickland Gallery in the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Hobart. There is also a full range at Iconic Tasmania in Richmond. I hope to have other stockists soon.
There is also a small selection of pendants available from the Duchess Café in Sandy Bay.
The cost of each original and unique snap button is $A9. I also have a range of quirky and interesting non-original glass snap buttons that may appeal to you. They include inspirational statements, exotic birds, dogs, peacocks and peacock feathers, penguins, baby animals and sports themes such as “Tennis Diva” (one of my favourites).
I also have a new range of diffuser snap buttons which will snap into any 18/20 mm snap jewellery or accessory. As with the very popular diffuser pendants, they will also come with spare diffuser pads so that you can change your essential oil or perfume. The diffuser pendants and snap buttons are a great Xmas idea!
Please note that I may not be able to provide the exact button pictured in the base button jewellery on the website. I will try and send a similar style/colour as in the picture unless you email me and indicate another colour or style preference. There is an opportunity to call me or email me during the checkout process. Please take this opportunity to give me any specific instructions.
I do make multiple buttons from the one pour so it is possible to get matching colours/styles for multi-button base jewellery and coordinated sets. Or you can be bold and chose random and different buttons for your bracelet or necklace.
Nearly all of the snaps featured currently on the website fit the standard 16/18 mm or 18/20 mm snap base.
However, I am now offering a supply of 12 mm or “Mini” snaps and there is some very exciting jewellery that combines 12mm and the traditional snap. The smaller 12 mm or Mini snaps may be more suitable for children’s jewellery and accessories, particularly earrings and hair clips etc. or those that like a more delicate or finer look.
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.