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Old 03-16-2008, 11:16 PM   #1
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Two questions. How many holes should sweater buttons have or does it matter?


And would these be better suited to a lighter colored yarn?
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Old 03-17-2008, 11:09 AM   #2
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Hi Mike, I usually s[pace my buttons about 4" apart, trying for an odd number. I think you're right about those buttons. I would use them on something a lot lighter. You might try to match the darkest color in your sweater. Ellie
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Color is a personal preference, but I'd use them on a much lighter sweater. That yarn is beautiful and you don't want peoples eyes to be drawn first to the buttons.
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I didn't think about the odd numbers. The pattern calls for six buttons. It's strange I didn't pick that up, I'm always telling customers they need an odd number of stones.

I'm going to have to try something like scrimshaw or surface carving to get these to accept dye.
Besides liking dark colors I'm more of a pull over guy and don't want too many cardigans.
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Old 03-17-2008, 01:39 PM   #5
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If those are antler, then you can also use a torch to scorch them to darken them and then coat with a varnish or varethane. That's what we did at the leather shop.
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Old 03-17-2008, 03:07 PM   #6
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If those are antler, then you can also use a torch to scorch them to darken them and then coat with a varnish or varethane. That's what we did at the leather shop.
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It's probably a good job for outdoors, it has to smell worse than sawing them.
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Thanks Plantgoddess+, that looks a lot better.
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Those look 100% better! They are beautiful.
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Old 03-18-2008, 07:25 AM   #9
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Wow, they are beautiful!
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They ARE gorgeous! (If the relatives didn't insist on hanging all antlers on the wall after hunting season, I'd make some myself!)
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