Edo Inspired Buttons

Hand hammered textures and subtly organic lines bring life and warmth into these handmade metal buttons.

Tamaki @ Island Blacksmith: Hand Forged Metalwork.

These handmade metal buttons invite you to hold them and enjoy their hand hammered textures. Beautifully patinated brass, copper, and aluminum are carefully cut, filed, sanded, forged, and polished to create unique buttons in various sizes and shapes. Each button is made one at a time by hand with human powered tools and a hearty serving of love. Created by Tamaki, they are characteristic of her recent artwork that intentionally avoids the cold geometric lines and mechanized symmetry that our industrialized eyes grow weary of.

The style and finish is reminiscent of Edo era currency in Japan and creative uses range from oversized buttons for fashion and textiles to netsuke type lanyards to jewellery and accent pieces. The final polishing is done with charcoal dust and they are lightly finished with a buffed beeswax coating. Sizes range from 2cm to 5cm. Less than an inch is considered a small size.

Material: Reclaimed brass door push plates, reclaimed copper water pipe, reclaimed aluminum scrap

Tamaki @ Island Blacksmith: Hand Forged Metalwork.

Tamaki @ Island Blacksmith: Hand Forged Metalwork.

Tamaki @ Island Blacksmith: Hand Forged Metalwork.


Read about Tamaki’s process: How A Button Is Made

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