Make Your Own Buttons from Polymer Claycomments (42) September 7th, 2012
When the perfect finishing touch for a project is nowhere to be found in stores or your stash, it's time to do it yourself. You can make your own buttons inexpensively and easily with polymer clay! You can even use the clay to make a mold of your favorite button, then use the mold to make replicas of that button in any color you desire. Here I'll show you how to make textured buttons (and molds) and how to make multiple buttons from a colorful cane of polymer clay. These buttons are quick and simple, and they can even survive the washing machine and dryer. If you're not familiar with polymer clay, you can find it at most big-box craft stores near the other clays.
For the basic button, you'll need:
- Polymer clay (Sculpey and Fimo are both good brands)
- A clean work surface and parchment paper
- A rolling pin (don't use the one you use for food; look for a cheapie at a dollar store)
- Cutting tools (small circular cutters-I used thread spools-and a flat blade-I used a cookie cutter)
- Buttons, beads, and other textures to press into the clay
After you make this project, show off your work to other members!
Post your project in the gallery