I found the rattan fish outline at a thrift store a few years ago. I thought at the time, it would be fun to incorporate the simple shape into button art. I started by spray painting it silver. The silver worked well with the silver metal buttons I chose to use on the fish body. I cut out a duplicate of the fish shape from a matt board. More recently, I made a trip to a thrift store to find a shirt to use as a background under the fish, as well as the "canvas" area. I covered the board shape with the sleeve of the shirt I bought. I put the covered board behind the fish and began mounting buttons in the fish's scale areas. The board was thin enough for me to punch holes into it to pull the coated wire I use for button mounting. I sewed the buttons on the face area and hot-glued the silver buttons to the tail area. I stretched the back of the thrift shop shirt around a piece of corrugated cardboard. Then I punch holes in it to mount the finished fish shape on to it. The black frame works, but I will probably look for an alternative. The entire piece is about 19" x 24".
Sylvia Liszka Durell, Author
Owner of HoleyButtons.com and a founding member of the Hernando County Button Collectors Group in Florida.