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Price includes free shipping in the US, all fees and a $5 donation to NBS. You are invited to check out after each purchase but pay by check at the end of this event or when you are done purchasing buttons. This will save NBS the handling fees. Mail checks payable to NBS to: Marion Nebiker NBS, 6190 Travers Way, San Diego CA 92122-2129. If that is inconvenient, you can certainly pay with a credit card. 


In 1998, Chris Shreve first saw 18th century buttons — habitat and hand-colored prints under glass. These inspired to her to create the first group of Shadowbox Shreve buttons in 1998 and 1999. Not wanting to copy the construction of the antique buttons, Chris decided to use laminated wood for the button framework and a flat watch crystal to protect the focal point.

Shadowbox Shreve buttons are labor intensive. Each layer of wood is individually cut then glued to the next layer. With the base and sides of the buttons glued together, the contents are carefully assembled. A watch crystal is then cleaned and immediately placed over the subject matter. The crystal is held in place by a wooden ring of the same thickness as the crystal, then topped with another wooden ring that slightly overlaps the glass. Several sessions of sanding occurs, a wooden shank is attached, and the button is signed/dated/numbered before a polyurethane finish is applied.

Among the contents placed in Chris’ buttons have been parts of feathers, found objects, silk, vintage ribbon, insects, drawings, paintings, faux coralene, carved wax, and photos.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art with an emphasis in printmaking. Her artwork is in private collections in Michigan, Tennessee, New York, Hawaii, and Florida, as well as in the permanent collection of The AKC Museum of the Dog. She has exhibited in Michigan and in Kansas.

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