(Division VI) is designed for collectors to display buttons for the pure joy of it. We invite all of you to share your favorite buttons for their artistic beauty, education, or both. [read more]
That said, I would like to encourage judges to extend BOD (benefit of the doubt) whenever possible. Entrants would rather have a comment made about “poor choice, or have credit deducted from their tray, rather than be eliminated altogether. [read more]
4) Leave out any buttons that may raise questions in your own mind. Focus is the key to determining button classification. Remember the old adage “when in doubt, leave it out.” [read more]
2) If an award is written ambiguously, ask questions or simply don’t enter. 3) Label your tray whenever you use a button that is not completely obvious as to why you chose it. This guides the judges on your thinking. [read more]
2017 Awards are now published in the February WRBA newsletter. Click to view the full list. WRBA members are eligible to participate in the competition at the 2017 WRBA Convention in Reno, Nevada.
1) Read the award carefully, paying special attention to class number(s) listed, division, number and size. Read the glossary for these classes to gather additional information. Check and double check your tray, especially if you have made any last minute changes. [read more]
by Barb Barrans … As hard as we try to construct a classification to eliminate confusion and controversy, we find that the judging process will always involve some measure of interpretation. Here are some thoughts on how to avoid unpleasant judging experiences. [read more]
This button used to be accepted as a lacy in some of the competitions. However, it does not have the requisite surface “stippling” design characteristics to be a lacy. So, its description has been changed to “Victorian” thanks to a member comment posted from the page. Become a WRBA member today and learn together […]
Shiho demonstrated her painting skills at the 2016 NBS Convention hosted by WRBA , with her original design celebrating the show theme “Mining in the Button Mountain”. She donated this unfinished button to the NBS auction. See the step-by-step photos of the colors being added back in her studio in Japan, the photo of the finished button, and the artist’s […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Tom Skovronsky, the author of the book just published on CD/DVD, kindly helped me identify this cool button! Dum Spiro Spero is a livery motto meaning ‘while I breathe, I hope’. Somehow it reminds me of a depressed state of mind, looking down hard, but still breathing in and out… I found this […]
More than 50 articles are being published in WRBA Newsletters on these Greek mythology subjects. WRBA Mythology Family Tree is publicly available!
WRBA May 2016 issues: Pictorial Native American Buttons Greek Mythology #1: the beginning, immortals, & Olympians #2: Zeus #3: Hera #4: Europa #5: Astrae alligators and crocodiles ants Visit our Mythology Family Tree
Western Regional Button Association published a series of articles on ‘background buttons’ as defined in the NBS (National Button Society) Classification System. The recent Special Edition focuses some ‘foolers’ found in our archives. Visit our Online Button Album to see some examples. Enjoy, and become a WRBA member to receive upcoming Newsletters and to participate […]
The first in our mini series introduces delightful brown buttons of tree resin and fish scales made in Peru in support of missions activities. Deep in the Amazon rain forest, tree resin is harvested by cutting a chevron into tree bark. The resin is boiled into a thick concentrate, shaped by hand within 20 minutes […]
March 12 @ 9:30 am – 3:00 pm at Tualatin Valley Elks Lodge, Oregon History of Pearl Button Industry in America and Muscatine Pearl Buttons
from Flying Button Ranch Source: WRBA (Western Regional Button Association)
White Pearl star overlay above a gray pearl button. Fancy cut steel embellishment and gilt in carved details
Source: Fairy Lady painting a Peacock….. – Central Florida Button Society