Do you love buttons? I adore buttons, especially pretty vintage buttons; I mean look at these lovelies
|Mmmm pretty buttons|
There are some problems using vintage buttons: firstly, they can react in strange ways to modern laundry detergents and don't like the tumble dryer, in addition to this some of the buttons are starting to show their age and I am worried about them breaking, one other problem was that the buttons were either in the wrong colour or there were not enough to actually use for a garment.
I came across one solution on Pintrest some time ago: polymer clay buttons! And I have finally taken some time to test it out.
First you will need some polymer clay, I used Fimo because it was what I had, but you could use any over bake polymer clay. I also used some mould making putty to make a mould from the prettiest buttons in my stash
I have not worked with Fimo since I was a kid so it was fun to play with, Miss Loofie joined in as well and she loved it so much she has asked for her own Fimo. the first step is to condition the clay by kneading it and working it until it is soft and pliable. I then pressed the clay into the mould making sure to work it well into the details of the button in question.
I used some Adirondack alcohol ink on some of the buttons to enhance the colour and bring out the detail a bit
I must be honest here and say that I have no idea how well this ink will cope with the laundry process, nor do I really know how well the buttons will behave when actually used as, uh, buttons. I will say that they seem strong enough and the information I have been able to find suggests that, if baked correctly, there is no reason for the buttons to perform any differently to plastic buttons.
And there you have it, buttons from buttons! aren't they pretty? Now I am not an expert on polymer clay by any stretch of the imagination but I have to say I am really pleased with the end results. I also love that I am able to make a button that matches the fabric perfectly.
We will be back to sewing in the next post with some more pretty clothes and a certain Ice Queen costume for Miss Loofie.