Yesterday I had fun with a friend of mine making making some borosilicate glass buttons. We have another friend from the Market that wants to adorn his tie-dye dresses with handmade buttons (the dresses he tie-dyes come with simple manufactured buttons, he wants to replace these). Isn't that a great idea. I think his customers will like that extra touch. These are just some first samples to see how easy/hard they might be to make.
Basically I took a gather of borosicate glass color and smashed it, took if off the colored rod and attached it to a puntil, smashed again and fire polished... then I used a combination of two tools to make the holes - the "Handy Andy" and a tungsten pick. Fun stuff. They could be any colors at all, any sizes, and they weren't too hard to make.
I was doing some research on Etsy, there aren't a lot of handmade glass buttons that I could find on there... a couple of soft-glass bead artists with really exquisite soft glass buttons made on button mandrels. I own one of those, but I've never used it... I like popping the holes with the tungsten. Anyhow, there is not a lot of competition, and I am wondering if it would make for a popular Etsy product?
Do you think there are clothing makers or purse makers out there who would like to buy handmade buttons? I was thinking about pricing small ones like this at $2/ea or a set of 7 for $10? What do you think?