Thursday, February 21, 2013

Tutorial - Making Lace Polymer Clay Buttons

Learn how to make gorgeous lace buttons

I love buttons, I like to place the on my bags or decorate a gift packages with them, like I did with my tin in previous post.

For this simple Project you'll need:
Rolled sheets of polymer clay your color choice
Cookie cutters
Acrylic paint
Texture sheets (it could be fabric lace, plastic table cover or any surface with texture you like)
Plastic sandwich bag
○ Oven 
1. Lightly spray polymer clay and texture sheets with some water for an easy release, lie the texture on top of the polymer clay and press it very hard to leave a good impression.

2. Slowly remove the texture.
3. Cover the sheet with plastic sandwich bag, it will provide you with smooth ends when you cut your shape
4. Place the cookie cutter and firmly press it in to the clay (like cutting cookies).
5. Remove the cutter and sandwich bag, you see the smooth and round ends of this circle? It's the magic of a sandwich bag.
6. Gently remove the excess clay.

7. Now you can make holes for your button, if you want to make a button, you can leave it as is and make a magnet for this, or make just one hole for the pendant. I use some real button as a template for the holes.
8. Pop the buttons into the oven and bake the according to the manufacturer of your polymer clay. Let them cool in the oven.
9. Cover backed buttons with acrylic paint, it's better to use contrast color to highlight the pattern. Here I've used light color on brown and turquoise buttons an dark color on beige buttons. You have to make sure the paint got into the curves, this is very important.
10. Let the paint dry completely (1-2 hours) and wipe it of with wet cloth wrapped around your finger
That's it, you now have your buttons for any project you like. Hope you enjoy this little craft lesson

Happy crafting!!!


Wendy said...

these are lovely, thanks for the tutorial! I've had my clay out this week so I'll have to give this a go.

Kathryn said...

I love this and the tip about the sandwich bag is great!
Thanks for sharing!

Emily said...

Super idea, I will definitely be trying these! (And looking forward to having a look around your blog :) ) x

Tammie said...

Sandwich bag = smooth edges ... Genius! Great tut Thanks for sharing

Tina Pippo said...

Wonderful tutorial! I loved the outcome!
Great post!! I included it in my post Βόλτα στη Γειτονιά #24 :)
Have a great week!!

Julietta said...

What a wonderful tutorial! Thank you so much! I will definetely use your instructions for my future pojects. I also used to make buttons of polymer clay. If you want you can see them here:

Monique (A Half-Baked Notion) said...

Hi Viktoria, I love polymer clay and I find your tutorial is very well written. Making buttons with this method is easy and gives instant gratification!

Beansieleigh said...

I'd love to try these, and I'm SURE I'd make good use of such pretty buttons! Thanks so much for the tutorial! ~tina

Gale, Ky quilter said...

How beautiful! I have never used clay but I am a quilter & love to make bags and now I just have to make my own buttons! Thank you!!!! said...

I just love this idea! Thank you for sharing AND inspiring, keep em coming, Kat

Hannelore Cossins said...

Lovely tutorial, I may now get that polymer clay out and actually use it.

tina said...

fantastic tutorial!

nikol said...

Super idea, I will definitely be trying these! (And looking forward to having a look around your blog :) ) x

peppamlowe said...

I love these! Buttons are expensive and hsrd to find the right colours and designs too. This is a top idea. Thank you :-)

Marie said...

great tuto ! thank's from France ! ;)

Natalia said...

Hello, Viktoria... Your buttons are simply beautiful! and your tutorial inspired me to get the clay and paint today. :) I have a question I hope you can help with. Have you put these on clothing at all? and how well does the paint last in the laundry? I want to make some for a dress which I could wash on gentle cycle, and inside-out.

Do you have any suggestions for the type of paint? I bought Premo clay and Liquitex Professional Heavy Body acrylic, in "raw umber" colour.

I'm not asking so much about the clay as I've read from another blogger who does use buttons of Premo for clothing, but she doesn't paint them, and I love the way you use the paint in the texture of your buttons.

I realize you may not be checking here for comments any more, so I will try to leave a message on a more recent post too.

Thank you so much for any help.

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