If you’ve ever spent more than a grand total of fourteen seconds on Pinterest, then you’ve no doubt seen roughly seventy jillion pins for button bowls, like the one pictured above by designs by kristen. They’re all based on the original button bowl, an amazing work of art called “knoop” by iñigo cañedo, which was first seen on CraftFail in Button Bowl… Busted. However, like Michelangelo and his sculpture of David, this artist didn’t provide instructions for how to recreate the masterpiece.
A lack of instructions has never stopped a true crafter, though! The original has inspired countless attempts at reproductions and colorful spinoffs, all trying to achieve iñigo cañedo’s clean, glossy, symmetrical perfection. Most crafters who guess at the artist’s process agree on the main supplies (buttons, white glue, a balloon, and zen-like patience), but not everyone who combines them meets with success.
Like reader Jackie, for instance.
I can only assume that this is NOT the result Jackie was going for. She says she took a crafting break halfway through, and returned to find the balloon had taken a break of its own. With the balloon popped, the whole bowl is a bust.
For more laughs, join Robyn on her blog – at Hollow Tree Ventures, the only buttons that go “pop” are the ones on her pants after a big meal.