with Sue Heaser
Polymer clay is a marvellous material for making your own
buttons. The huge range of mixable colours means that you can create buttons
to match any fabric, fibre or hand knit.
Polymer clay buttons are machine washable on a normal wash
at 40°C but should not be tumble dried. Do make sure, however, that you
have baked your buttons thoroughly for maximum strength – try a test bake
with a scrap of clay first: when the clay has cooled, it should be possible
to bend a thin piece into a U-bend without it breaking. If you paint your
buttons or apply powders or varnish, it is safest to hand wash them.
Most polymer clays are suitable for button making but Fimo
Classic, Fimo Soft, Premo Sculpey and Studio by Sculpey are all particularly
These simple buttons are quick and easy to make
and you can choose any colour to match your garment! Here is what you will need:
polymer clay in a colour of your choice, approximately 20gm will make
6 large buttons
a roller and rolling guides (you can use two strips of cardboard
about 3mm thick) or a Pasta Machine
a ceramic tile or baking sheet for rolling out the clay and baking
it in the oven
cutters in the shape of your choice – here we have used a 20mm
(3/4in) round cutter but any simple geometric shape works well.
a pencil with an eraser on the end for indenting the centre of each
a large blunt tapestry needle