Workroom Buttons
Machines and supplies for the professional workroom.
0 ITEM(S) IN YOUR BAG / TOTAL: $0 view cart
Home>Button Backs>Wire Eye
44 Wire Eye Back
44 Wire Eye Back
44 Wire Eye Back
Item Id: BACK-WE44
***NEW SIZING STANDARD for #16–22 (see info below)
44 Wire Eye - 20 pieces
44 Wire Eye - 1 GR (144)
44 Wire Eye - 5 GR (720)
Classic wire eye shank won't pull or separate from button. Smaller U-shaped wire works well for button tufting and crafts.Button shells (fronts) sold separately. Also fits most Rowley button dies when paired with low wall shells, either aluminum or rust-resistantplease check our Rowley link for specifics.

Our short shank option in sizes 22, 24, 30, and 40 are often preferred for dressmaking and tailoring:

Short and Standard shanks small

At this time, size 22 and 40 (standard diameter) are only available with a short shank.

We stock 44-wire eyes that meet international standards in all sizes. We also stock small diameter backs in limited sizes for customers who prefer them, and as a low-cost option to purchasing a HUX die for heavy fabrics (and the only "HUX" option for #16, #18, and #20 buttons).*** SEE BELOW


Unmodified Wade #22, and Osborne and newer C & C Metal #16, #18, #20, and #22 button dies have inside diameters that are slightly smaller than standard.
***If you own an unmodified Wade or Osborne die in these sizes, you must select the "small diameter" option and be prepared to bulk up your fabric.

As always, please request samples if you have specific requirements.
We now offer a limited selection of button backs in black oxide finish for Civil War-era reproduction apparel. Black oxide is correct to the period, and 44-wire eyes provide an authentic 1860's profile (especially when paired with flat shells). Please note that while black oxide is technically a rust-resistant finish, we suggest finished buttons not be sewn to garments destined for the washing machine.
BLACK OXIDE BUTTONS ARE IN EXTREMELY SHORT SUPPLY AND WE HAVE TEMPORARILY REMOVED THEM FROM INVENTORY. We suggest spraying black appliance epoxy on standard buttons and putting them under a hot light for a couple hours. Customers report engine enamel also works.