Polymer Clay Buttons

Polymer clay is such a versatile material! I’ve used it before on my blog to make necklaces, one in bright colors and copper another one in black and one with cut geometric shapes. Polymer clay is durable, water resistant and can easily be shaped both before and after baking. It’s like the most perfect crafting material ever invented.

A few years ago I made polymer clay jewelry charms. I spent countless of hours poring over the little details on my mini sculptures, often working with toothpicks and needles to achieve the look I wanted.

polymer clay jewelery

Jewellery like this is definitely not my style, but luckily, I was able to sell off just enough to pay for my hobby. After a while I got bored with it, and sales declined, so I closed my shop. I learned a lot about polymer clay during this time and tried all kinds of techniques. The best results however, are usually achieved with very simple methods. Take making pretty buttons as an example, it may look complicated, but in reality it’s super easy to do!

I think I’ve showed you my crazy huge button collection before, but apparently, it’s not crazy huge enough! I couldn’t find any buttons to use for my newest DIY. So, I came to the conclusion that I would have to make my own if I wanted to get the exact buttons I had envisioned in my mind.

The buttons are for a jacket in a checked wool fabric so I went for square buttons approximately the same size as the checks.

black check buttons

buttons on fabric

I just made square shapes from fimo clay, I recommend working with this clay on a glass surface. Made two holes in the middle, baked, and then sanded them a little with a nail file. I didn’t even bother to make the surface perfectly smooth, I liked it with a little bit of texture. I then put one coat of varnish on the top and they were done!

I’ve made buttons before. Round ones and with a perfectly sanded surface! After I put on a couple of coats of varnish you couldn’t even tell they were made from polymer clay! SO SHINY!

black fimo clay button varnished and shiny

Here are some great tutorials on how to make your own polymer clay buttons:

polymer clay buttons tutorials diy

Claying Mama || Sew Chibi
The Key To My Art || Artistic Life
Fresh Stitches || Polka Dot Cottage


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