Monday, October 31, 2011

Playing With Polymer Clay

Remember when I wrote: "I realized that the best shop I can ever find is the one I am able to keep for myself"? The blog post was all about not to shop so much but make the stuff used in crafting from the very beginning.

Last weekend I realized my storage of handmade buttons was running low. I am not very skillful in polymer clay, but it has never prevented me playing with it! And I love the look of messy, handmade stuff that goes so well with my hand decorated papers.

To make my little "art shop for me" to be perfect, I sewed some to my handmade backgrounds, just like they would be for sale in a real shop. Looking at these makes me so happy! There's so much we can do without spending almost anything but time!

10 comments:

  1. Those are lovely! We made some buttons with shrinkie dinks and they were so easy and fun- although I don't think that you would be able to paint on them. What are you going to make with them???

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    1. You have to paint shrinky dinks first!

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  2. Your buttons are awesome! I might try this myself! Thanks for the inspiration! Any tips on how to?

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  3. Thanks, Katie and Monika! I am going to use the buttons for papercrafting projects, like scrapbook pages. Monika, if you want to invest some, buy a small set of circle cutters. I used knitting needle for the holes.

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  4. These are FANTASTIC!!
    Thank you for sharing... wow! :]

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  5. i love the way these came out... did you just mush around poymere clay and then roll it and cut it and punch it and then bake it? I have never played with that before so I was hoping that you can tell me the step by step. Your art is fabulous... love your fabrics.
    Lindsay
    www.lindsayostrom.blogspot.com

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  6. Thanks, Lindsay! Yes, I just softened the clay in my hands, then rolled it and bunched it and baked! I used knitting needle for the holes. Not complicated at all! For rolling you can use any round tube or pasta machine. I have pasta machine and I use it quite often when working with polymer clay.

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  7. Do you use a specific type of paint or do you just use the "wood" paint you can find at walmart? Also, do you gloss them afterwards (think painting a clear coat after you paint your nails)? Thanks!

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  8. Jake and Danica, I did not use paint, all the colors you seen on the buttons are made by mixing polymer clays. And yes, some of them were glossed afterwards. Happy crafting!

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