Polymer Clay Buttons
By Linda Permann, Adorn magazine craft editor
* polymer clay in desired colors (I used Sculpey III, just a small amount will do)
* rolling pin (not the one you use for food)
* tiny cookie cutters, film canisters and spools of thread, vintage buttons or other textured materials
* baking pan
1. Roll out half a block of polymer clay to about 1/4” thick.
2. Using cookie cutters, cut buttons out of clay. (I found my dog and airplane shapes at a Japanese dollar store- a little large for traditional buttons, but have fun with it!) The end of Gutterman brand thread spools are a great size for cutting out round buttons.
3. Center vintage/textured buttons over clay circles and press into clay, leaving an imprint. Gently remove vintage button. Rubber stamps or fork tongs are also great tools for creating texture. (Clean rubber stamps immediately after use).
4. Poke 2 or 4 holes into the center of each button with a toothpick, smooth out clay on backside of button if necessary.
5. Carefully transfer buttons to baking sheet and bake according to manufacturer’s instructions. Note: Buttons are dryer safe if garment is turned inside out.
Variations: You can also mix two colors of polymer clay and leave the clay swirled to make more colorful buttons, or check out other polymer clay techniques (like millefiore) online for more ideas.