Since it’s now August, it is about time I started knitting up lots of beautiful ThreadBEAR goodies for Winter. I already have a little stash, squirreled away that I just know you will love. I am really excited about this Winter for ThreadBEAR.
Some of my designs require lovely big buttons, and after thorough searches in my local haberdashery and a good look online, I concluded that there was nothing suitable for ThreadBEAR. I would just have to make my own!
Ha, and this was decided when I had absolutely no idea how on earth I would do this…!
Thank goodness, the idea of making them from polymer clay came to me, and after a bit of research, I found out it is machine washable too – yippee! So one afternoon last week, I took the opportunity to do a bit of experimentation with my buttons to decide on how I will design them. It was such good fun, I thought I would share with you how to make your own buttons too!
So first, pre-heat your over to 130c and lay out some baking paper on a clean surface where you will be working.
I used Fimo Soft in Flesh colour for my buttons. Pull off a piece of clay and soften it in your hands. With a rolling pin (or a plastic beaker in my case!) roll it out to your desired thickness, and using a tiny biscuit cutter, cut out your button shapes.
Using a toothpick or thick tapestry needle, carefully draw your design onto your disk of clay. I chose to write ThreadBEAR in the same way it is written on my packaging stickers.
I made another one in the same manner, and brushed it with a gold powder to experiment with a metallic finish.
I experimented with another button by pushing seed beads into it. I had no idea if they’d melt, but thought it could be interesting either way. They didn’t melt, but definitely gave an interesting effect.
I also tried out a much more simple design, which I kind of liked, but it wasn’t my favourite.
Once you’re finished modelling your buttons, put them on same baking parchment in a baking tray, and bake them in the over for approximately 30 mins at 130c. When they were cool, I used a varnish on some of my buttons to experiment with a glossy finish too. The more layers of varnish, the more glossy the buttons.
I really enjoyed working with a completely new medium for a while, and I know it’ll be so wonderful to know that I completely handmade my accessories – even the buttons! I think I have decided on using the ThreadBEAR button I made first. I like how the cursive font relates to my logo, and the simple flesh tone of the button feels clean and sits well with my chosen winter colour palette. I will be keeping it matte, as although the glossy finish looks great, the matte looks great next to cosy knit.
What do you think? Which one if your favourite? I’d love to know, so share it in the comments section.
Now, get making your own buttons too!