Mollusks

How to Make Buttons

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Trochidae Trochus niloticus
pearly shell used for buttons

 
Trochidae Trochus niloticus another type of pearly shell used for buttons
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1c7 
Unionidae Fusconaia ebena
a bivalve shell with holes for button making

 


 
Unionidae Fusconaia ebena
drilled for buttons

 

 

 
1c3    1c2 

Pteriidae Pteria sp.
Pearl Oyster with 3 button holes and buttons


 
detail of buttons

 

 

 
1c4    1c6 

Button blanks, before polishing


 

Buttons drilled with holes


 

 

 
1c5    1b29 
Buttons drilled with holes
 
Shell buttons carded for distribution