Button Button Who’s Got The Button?

Button making has become quite popular and polymer clay is the perfect medium for it. Perhaps you make clothing or purses. Think of the custom buttons you could make to really give your work a personal touch. What if you lose a button off your favorite coat? You can make a mold of one of the other buttons and create a replacement.

I’ve been thinking about making button for quite a while. The area I live in is really big on sewing and quilting. I even went so far as to order a gross of plastic glue on button shanks about 2 years ago. 🙂 So now I am thinking it may be time to look into this project again. There is a local craft show just before Mother’s Day and I am thinking of getting a booth.

Inspiration is what I need. Yeah. Inspiration. The first stop on my quest is Sarajane Helm’s web site. She always has helpful info there. And indeed she does.

I also found a video on YouTube

And did you know there is a group on Flickr called Polymer Clay Buttons Galore ?
Here are a couple examples of what you’ll see.

Paula Hewitt has a nice little tutorial on making molds from buttons so you can reproduce the same button multiple times.

If you are looking for more in depth help and you’d like to buy a dvd, try Tory Hughes’ video called Buttons and Embellishments. From description:
“Understand the basic engineering of the polymer button.
Learn specifics of attaching polymer to fabric
Make buttons with varying shapes and surface treatments
Design patterns into clay body
Create buttons using molds and metallic powders
Incorporate yarns and threads”
You can buy it at Pokadot Creations . Lisa, the owner, is one of us 🙂

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April Showers Bring May Flowers

Everywhere I look I see all these gorgeous polymer clay flowers. Some may look realistic, while others are more fantasy, but they all remind me of a warm and sunny Spring day.

The most realistic polymer clay flowers I’ve ever seen were made by Leigh Ross. She is so talented !!!

wedding bouquet

wedding bouquet

Red Roses

Red Roses

Carnations

Carnations

Then there are all those amazing flower canes artists in Israel. I swear it must be something in the air. It baffles me how they all take a few colors of clay and turn it into something so beautiful and intricate.

Iris Mishly

Iris Mishly


Tami Shvat - I have these in my collection :)

Tami Shvat - I have these in my collection 🙂


Marcia Mars Design

Marcia of Mars Design - I own a few of her's too

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