I've been wanting a pretty vintage brooch for a little while now, and have hunted without success through the local oppies. A spur of the moment idea turned into just what I was looking for. I have an enormous box of vintage buttons that were collected by my Great Grandfather during the first world war. The story my grandmother told was that these buttons were stripped off old clothes which were then used to manufacture paper. I love that there are buttons here potentially 100 years old - Wonderful history! 3 buttons of diminishing size, squished together with hot glue and a brooch fixing on the back equals this:
I love it! You can see it's holding my lovely Twilight shawl closed, notice how beautiful the colours are - this is a much better photo of it! Also notice that perhaps I was a bit heavy handed with the glue - next time I'll be more sparing!