For this lesson Elizabeth gave us examples of ways to decorate the edge of a page in our altered books. Punched edges decorated with buttons and a line of flags. I returned to a page I made earlier to add another element to it by sewing various shades of brown, white and cream buttons alone the outside edge with copper wire. After punching the holes along the edge I reinforced them with eyelets to take the weight of the buttons an wire. I too had difficulty with the wire twisting but using a pair of needle nose pliers helped to sort that out. I tried to make the overall shape a triangle by placing the largest button in the center. I like the way the row of buttons shows outside the book when closed.
The wiring on the back looked fine but the page behind it needed lifting a little and the buttons did not fit it very well with the jeweled butterfly so I glued some gold doily semi circles onto the page behind the buttons for a decorative edge and it worked well. I like the way the doilies also provide a background for the buttons.
Getting carried away with decorative edges, just made this one from a rusty old earring that my partner found when we were out geocaching. I coated them with alcohol ink but I think it must be old because the result was dull so I rubbed the with gold acrylic paint. The page backgrounds are coloured with water colour oil pastels and water added to blend, pastel swirls, highlighted with gesso, stamped with stazon ink, and finally kissed with matching gold acrylic paint. I attached the gold leaves to the edge with gold eyelets.