Compiled by Juli Case
Question: We’re working on a boat upholstery job and we need some sort of button form that we can cover with leather. The form can be plastic or another non-rusting material, size 20, 22 or 30. Do you know where I can find something like that?
Answer: You’re probably referring to a button shell, and we found a number of suppliers.
Active Foam Products has them in sizes 22 and 30, and they’re made with an aluminum shell with a plastic back. The hooks are purchased separately.
Fasnap also carries non-rusting button shells in different styles. If you don’t have the button equipment, they can cover the button for you.
A+ Products doesn’t stock button shells, but it can order them. Inform the company of the type of button needed, either one that uses a machine to cover the material or the type that the covering material is glued on.
Other potential suppliers include C.S. Osborne & Co. and the Handy Button Co.