After hours of searching high street craft shops and fabric/sewing shops for button shanks, I finally gave up and went online. I ordered some silver plated ones from ebay and they are great ! These are my first buttons, handmade by embedding seed beeds into resin with the button shanks attached to the back. They are certainly different and would add a bit of colour to that special item of clothing !
These are the other ones I made, containing cake sprinkles (100s and 1000s) enbedded in resin.