Just under 5 ounces of tribal buttons - 130+ buttons.
Size: Various, most about 1/2 inch across.
Materials: Mixed base metals
Metal color: Varies, from dark to light, brassy to silvery
Finish: Varies, some are shiny, some are quite tarnished
130 + buttons in this lot
Lot of old tribal buttons. Various metal colors, sizes, and a couple of different designs. Most are stud buttons. All are used and are "seconds" - they have imperfections such as the loop being missing from the back, dents or bends. Most have lost the loop on the back, but could be glued in place. Please check photos carefully, you will recive the buttons shown in the photos on this page. Great for costumers who need lots of tribal embellishments.
Please note: These are USED buttons that have previously adorned clothing, accessories, household goods, animal trappings or other items. They are hand-made tribal pieces. These buttons will have small flaws such as loops being off center, the stamping being off center, small dents, or the edges may be bent or dented. The surface may be pitted or worn and color may be uneven.
Tips for using DIY tribal buttons:
Buttons seem to be the one costuming item that puzzles people more than any other! Frequent questions are "How do you get these attached?" and "Do you need a special or curved needle?" And sometimes we even hear "I just can't get them sewn on!" The trick is to do as the tribal people themselves do! The easiest way is to braid some yarn (available in ANY color to match costuming) into a long piece. Then take a piece of cellophane tape and make an aglet (think shoelace end) on one end of the braid. Using the taped end, thread the braided yarn through the shank on the back of the button. Repeat with as many buttons as you need, then sew the braided yarn down in any row or pattern that you like! Another tip that we sometimes use for adding a few individually spaced buttons is to drill a small hole on each side of it and simply sew through the holes. Use a 1/16 inch drill bit and be very careful. Sometimes buttons are thinner metal and holes can be punched with an awl. Of course, if your buttons are already strung on a cord or rolled fabric, you can simply sew the cord down to your costuming project and be done!