Whew what a week this has been! I can hardly believe it is Saturday and I haven't had time to upload a creation since TUESDAY. Grrr, but I have a surprise for you! I have created a fun tutorial on how to create polymer clay buttons. See the button on my card? I created it from clay by stamping the outer rim, trimming, shaping putting to holes in and baking, then antiquing it once it was cool. I have noticed that buttons are still all the rage. They are everywhere and on everything. And there are some pretty nifty buttons too... but I don't want to spend that much money for an embellishment!!! So I decided to get crafty and create my own. For this card I used stamps from Hampton Art, Kraft Cardstock, and Colorbox Pigment ink from Clearsnap. If you'd like to know how I created the button, read on~
How to make clay buttons
Polymer Clay- Here I used Studio By Sculpey: Buttermilk
Water Misting Bottle
Stamps - Memories Interactive Circles Large Stamp Set by Hampton Art
Etch N Pearl
Clay Dedicated work surface
Begin by softening and kneading your clay (also known as "conditioning"). Use clay dedicated Acrylic Roller and work surface to roll clay to 1/4" thick. I use a smooth floor tile from the home improvement store so I can roll, cut, shape and bake all on one area.
Use a small spritzer to spray the surface of the stamp lightly with water.
Firmly press the stamp into the top of the clay.
Remove the stamp to reveal the beautiful impression.
Trim the excess from around the image using the Super Slicer or razor blade.
Smooth the edges of the clay to make the button round.
Pierce two matching holes in the top of the button using an Etch N Pearl or other sharp tool. Move the tip around in a small circular motion to create two holes of same size, large enough for ribbon to pass through.
Bake finished button according to manufacturer's directions.
Once baked and fully cooled, apply Antiquing Medium using a small brush. Be sure to get into all the crevices .
Wipe the surface using a clean paper towel. Allow to dry.
You are now ready to use your button to embellish any finished project! Enjoy!