With the help of my Honey I experimented with some new wooden buttons today.
During the year I collect appropriate sized branches. Native tree prunings, wind-falls from storms, and just quietly I have even pinched some from neighbours pruning piles too :) Apart from the diameter, I look for straight branches with no obvious knots or bumps on the outside.
Today was all about experimenting. We discovered rubbing Pohutukawa buttons with beeswax heralded a remarkable change of colour - see the bottom right buttons before and the top left after the beeswax was added!
I have written a tutorial for making your own wooden buttons, so if you would like to make your own, you will find a lovely detailed "how-to". They are so much fun to make and really easy!