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. πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Patricia
    Apr 13, 2009 @ 09:37:48

    I started playing with polymer clay a few years back just to make buttons to use when sewing.
    Though it has been awhile since I played with either polymer clay or sewing.

    Thanks for the memory jog!


  2. Melanie
    Apr 13, 2009 @ 10:58:17

    Love this post Tonja!…I have only made one button, but plan on many more…. my Grandmother had a tin full of buttons she would cut off clothes no longer useful and find uses for them…I have a small collection of those she kept…I do however have about a dozen of Sarajane’s which I cherish!…enjoying your blog and you inspire me to do more clay related posts on my blog….have a great and creative rest of the day! πŸ™‚


  3. Melanie
    Apr 13, 2009 @ 11:00:26

    Wow…just thought…today would be my Grandma Dorothy’s 102 birthday!…Happy Birthday Grandma!!!….and **Button Button Who’s Got the Button?*** is something she would say also!! πŸ™‚


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