I started playing with clay – to make a shawl pin for a swap partner, actually – and once I got started, I got all sorts of ideas of what I could do with this great, mold-able stuff. My first thought was buttons. I spend a lot of money buying unique and interesting buttons for my knitwear. These are so easy to make that from now on, even my buttons will be originals!
So – you start with polymer clay. They sell it in little 2 ounce packages at most craft stores. I tried both Fimo and Premo! brand. I have to say that I liked the Premo best. The Fimo was stiffer and took a lot more prep work to soften it enough to mold with. This stuff comes in all colors, but I played it safe and stuck with neutrals. For these buttons, I’m using Ecru.
Work your clay on a smooth surface. I used a plate – a ceramic tile would be ideal. Fold it over and over, work it into a ball, squeeze it, beat it – whatever – until it’s soft enough to roll out. I rolled mine out with a pizza roller.
Cut out your button shapes just like you’re making cookies. I used Wilton Fondant cutters. They come in lots of cute shapes and are sized just about right for smallish to large, chunky buttons. The heart cutters came in a package of three sizes. This is the medium size – about one and a half inch wide.
You’ll need to create holes to sew your button on. You can use a variety of things to make your holes. I think the end of one of those skinny straws they use as coffee stirrers would work great. I used a cake decorating tip I happened to have in my craft supplies.
Finish buttons with a couple of coats of Sculpey Satin Glaze for polymer clay.
Now you better get to spinning the yarn for knitting that sweater for your new buttons!