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A Woman in Button Wonderland…

February 11, 2011
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They have a history. Each piece can tell us a different story, and might even be older than we are.

For Cary Lopiccolo, buttons aren’t just a mundane little part of her shirt, they have become the focus of her creative outlet.

Lopiccolo, owner of the heycaryann Etsy shop, handcrafts her own unique rings, necklaces and bracelets out of vintage buttons.

She started her shop on the popular marketplace site a few years ago, while in nursing school, to relieve stress.

After first being exposed to flea markets and garage sales as a young girl, her passion for vintage buttons sprouted into a part-time gig.

“The more I learn about buttons (victorian, rhinestone, mother of pearl, lucite, glass, metal), the more I am fascinated by them!” Lopiccolo said.

Lopiccolo draws her inspirations from Little Nemo comics by Windsor McCay, Alice in Wonderland, Wizard of Oz, Snow White, Camille Rose Garcia, Frida Kahlo, Marilyn Monroe, Lucille Ball, Clara Bow and Coco Chanel.

Her vintage buttons, some of which have come from her own grandmother’s boudoir, are one-of-a-kind and range in date from the late 1800s.

“Every button has a story and I feel blessed to be able to share their stories with my customers.”

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Lopiccolo’s advice for upcycling is simple:

Start with something you are passionate about.

Her father, being a traditional silversmith jeweler, “nourished (the) passion for jewelry” in her. She encourages others to let their imagination run wild.

“I like the idea of appreciating the simple little things in our environment…” Lopiccolo said.

As for the future of heycaryann? Lopiccolo playfully replied that she would not want to the fun to come to a halt if it were a full-time job.

She would however love to expand into more wholesale orders, sell in more vintage boutiques and possibly work on sending out a newsletter a few times a year.

Still, upcycling is the wave of the future according to Lopiccolo, and she deems it “exciting” to be part of this new movement.

“It makes you see your everyday life in a fresh way,” she added.

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To see more of Cary Lopiccolo’s work, or to buy her neat upcycled jewelry, visit her Etsy shop here.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. February 11, 2011 9:00 pm

    My mom is going to freak out when she sees this.

  2. February 20, 2011 5:39 am

    this is super amazing! i love my button ring so much!

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