Last month I shared a free crochet pattern featuring one of my handmade buttons.
I have had quite a few requests asking me how I made them – so here is your quick and easy button making tutorial 🙂
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I am very new to working with polymer clay, in fact this is only my 2nd time using it!
I would definitely say this is a beginner level project 🙂
Here we go!
How I Make My Own Buttons!
- Take a small piece of polymer clay and roll it into a ball (similar in size to the hole in the mold you wish to fill).
- Note: See how the polymer clay ball is similar in size to the hole in the mold?
- Press the ball of polymer clay firmly into the mold.
- Scrape the excess polymer clay off the top to make the button the same height as the mold. See the first completed one on the top right? you need to make the new one the same height. I used a tool I received in my Wholeport Package. You can alternately use the dull side of a knife or a large paper-clip.
- Next pat the polymer clay neatly into the mold.
- Now take a tiny piece of polymer clay and roll it into a tiny ‘snake’. This is how I added the button back and necklace ring to my roses. You can alternately purchase some metal clasps and links and fit them into the clay to bake.
- Turn the mold over and pop the flower buttons out! Now they are ready to bake.
Here is a quick peek of how I make the flat buttons too 🙂
- Roll small balls of the polymer clay to fit inside the holes in the mold. Note these balls are slightly smaller as there is very little depth to this mold.
- Press the polymer clay firmly into the mold.
- Pop the buttons out of the mold and tap them gently to make them flat.
- Place the buttons on a piece of parchment paper on a baking tray.
- Using the flat end of a wooden skewer, press firmly to create button holes. I like larger button holes to allow me to use my darning needle and yarn to attach my buttons to my crocheted projects.
- Cover the flat buttons with a 2nd piece of parchment paper.
- Place a 2nd metal tray gently on top of the parchment paper covered flat buttons. This is to keep them flat while baking.
- Bake for 15 minutes at 230°F (110°C)
- Remove from oven and let cool
- Embellish your projects with your hand crafted polymer buttons!
For a great chart outlining baking times and temperatures for polymer clay projects please visit: Baking Polymer Clay Perfectly Every Time
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