If you’ve taken a look at our jewellery then you probably know that we love buttons! We mostly use vintage finds, but sometimes we have a vision and we just can’t find the right colour or size. If you sew or knit you may have found this problem as well. It’s easily solved though by making your own buttons out of polymer clay. Here’s how to make a simple round one:
Polymer Clay (I favour Sculpey as it’s very easy to mould)
A Needle or Cocktail Stick
A clean mat or work surface
First you need to soften the polymer clay, the quickest way is to squash and roll it in the palm of your hands
Roll a small ball in your hand, place onto your mat and squash lightly with your finger.
Take your needle or cocktail stick and press sewing holes into the circle you’ve made.
Admire your finished button. Bake it according to the packet instructions, remember it may need slightly less time as it’s so small. Next try out a few more shapes using your tools. I like making hearts, diamonds, flowers and so on.
I keep all my handmade buttons in a cleaned out Bonne Maman jar (they’re just too pretty to throw away!)