Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Day Twenty-Four: Free Button Keychains This Week

             This week has been awesome and amazing. Thank you. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. We've been cranking out our new button style keychains for Artomat's visit in Febuary. I love vintage buttons and collect them like a mad crazy fiend. Buttons are ancient fasteners primarly used in clothing over the last 5,000 years. Considered some of the smallest works of art and archeological items of note, they have a varied history. Buttons have been used by both the drug industry to transport drugs and by the military as storage to hide everything from compasses to spy secrets. US brass buttons are famous as voting tools used to win elections and commemorate political events.
              As pieces of history, many museums and art galleries hold buttons of note including the Smithsonian. There is a popular British online gallery by Hammond Turner and Sons I love to look through. Supposedly the best button maker was a Frenchman known for his buttons named Renarldo Galvies, but that's a matter of debate. Regardless, buttons are awesome and I love them.
              Some of you remember my button jewelry from 2 year's ago spring collection. It seemed time to take an old idea and make it new. I took some lovely 1950s Bakerlite buttons and put them on 100 leather keychains made from leather scraps. Your very own work of art in miniature. I hope they bring a smile to your face. Our first batch, I accidentally left the t off States in my "Handmade in the United States." 27 keychains to be exact. My loss is your gain. This week, I am giving away 27 custom keychains to readers and customers who would like to test our newest look. Simply post your comment here and I will mail one to the first 27 people who respond. Happy Valentines from us to you.

Have a great week.

PS- The rest are exclusive to Artomat and will not be available for general sale.


  1. Love these! (And all you do to support art/artists in the Triangle!!!)

  2. Thanks Christy! I'm so glad you like. You get my first keychain. :-) So exciting.

  3. Wow, these are great! Very creative! :)

  4. Hey, does your fiance get one of these, or does he have to sit on the sidelines and snicker? :P

    PS Love you :)

  5. Hey Nash, love you to. And yes, you can have your very own keychain since you've been eyeing them too. :-)

  6. Normally my keys remain simple and organized, but I do have a mother that kept a collection of them when she was a teeny-twenty-something. And I owe her a christmas present. =P
    This is an awesome product and amazing concept. Keep up the good work!