Polymer Clay Buttons: A Beginners Class

Beginner Button Class at Polka Dot Cottage

The wonderful and generous Lisa Clark over at Polka Dot Cottage is hosting a five-week button-making workshop on her blog.

The classes are “Aimed at beginners with little knowledge of polymer and few clay-related supplies at their disposal, this class will teach you to make all of the buttons pictured above using nothing more than three blocks of polymer clay and a few inexpensive tools.” Lesson will be posted each Monday morning.

I may not be a beginner, but I have always wanted to learn to make buttons the proper way so they will hold up to wash & wear. Thank you Lisa !

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Belgium Artist – Nathalie Tanghe

My pal Nathalie opened a new Etsy Shop Polymer Clay Box to sell her fabulous colorful kaleidoscope canes plus bead, buttons and jewelry. You should check it out. 🙂

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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