How to Make Silver Clay Buttons

I think of making a lot of things, but one thing I never think about making is buttons. However, buttons are one of the easiest and most effective embellishments. Here is a short tutorial on making a polymer clay button. It's just an example of a button you can make. You can choose any shape, size, and color button that you like!: 


These silver clay button (shown on April Moffatt's
Cozy Wool Felt Slippers) make a stunning embellishment. 

1) Roll out the silver polymer clay until it is about 1/8" thick. Use a round shape to cut a 1¼" circle.

2)  Add texture to the outer rim of the button as desired.

3) Use a toothpick to make the buttonholes.

3) Bake following manufacturer's instructions.

4) When cool, smooth the edges with a nail file.

5) Coat the top and sides with silver acrylic paint. Let dry.

6) Coat again with a thick, clear acrylic glaze to protect the button. Let dry.

You can use these buttons to adorn everything from garments to bags to slippers! For lots more projects with pretty embellishments, check out the Spring 2013 Pattern Downloads, now available in the Sew Daily Shop, with everything from spa items, yoga projects, garden goodies, and more!

Are you a button lover? I just can't get enough of them and can go on and on about my favorite buttons, especially vintage. Tell me the stories of your favorite button love stories!

Happy stitching!

 

 

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7 thoughts on “How to Make Silver Clay Buttons

  1. When my mother passed away in 1998, I was thrilled to receive her button box. It contained buttons from our discarded clothing when we were children and also purchased buttons or found buttons. Last year I had a friend sew many white buttons from the box on sheep lamb ornaments for my sister, daughter, granddaughter and myself as a remembrance.

  2. My DH is a fire fighter. One time they were called to burn down a dilapidated old house where the elderly people has passed. They decided to check inside and he found a large popcorn can filled with buttons. He thought it should be saved and brought it home. The lady had strung together on string 27 feet of buttons! It is amazing! I love it, but still can’t figure out the why.

  3. My mother had a button box which she would let me look through when I was a kid. I would lay on her bed with the buttons while she was sewing. I liked to lay them out in groups and she would tell me what different ones had been for. I can still see some of them in my mind. In fact, she has given most of them to me and I still hope to come up with some stunning use for them.

    SallyAnn

  4. My mother had a button box which she would let me look through when I was a kid. I would lay on her bed with the buttons while she was sewing. I liked to lay them out in groups and she would tell me what different ones had been for. I can still see some of them in my mind. In fact, she has given most of them to me and I still hope to come up with some stunning use for them.

    SallyAnn

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