DIY Simple Buttons Polymer Clay Tutorial

Posted on February 5, 2013 in Tutorials by Katie

 

Make Your Own Polymer Clay Buttons

DIY Polymer Clay Button Tutorial on KatersAcres Blog http://katersacres.comIt’s a do-it-yourself world out there and crafters around the globe are finding better, simpler ways to make things themselves.  From recipes, baked goods, clothing, jewelry, and so much more.  Tuesdays is usually devoted to a polymer clay tip, something that will help you clay better.  I was asked to do a tutorial for how to make buttons.  This is a beginner’s tutorial for simple buttons.  You can use knowledge you already have in your polymer clay technique repertoire  to build on these simple buttons.

BASIC POLYMER CLAY BUTTONS

  1. Polymer Clay Tutorial for Simple Buttons on KatersAcres Blog http://katersacres.comChoose your polymer clay.
  2. Condition your polymer clay.
  3. Roll sheet to a uniform thickness using either a pasta machine or an acrylic roller.
  4. ***TIP: Cover with Saran Wrap
  5. Use Kemper Cutters (or cookie cutters) to cut shapes for buttons.
  6. Remove cutters & the shape will be left behind.
  7. Remove Saran Wrap and edges will be perfectly round and will not look “cookie cutter-ish”
  8. Use a tapestry needle to poke holes in the clay.
  9. Remove from surface and smooth all edges.
  10. Bake according to manufacturer’s instructions.

***All items for this tutorial can be purchased at your local craft store or online at Amazon where I am an affiliate.***

The owl buttons shown above are my own and were made using this simple button method with added component pieces to create a basic owl shape.  Feel free to visit my Polymer Clay Buttons board on Pinterest to see more buttons to spark your creativity.

 

 
10 Comments for this entry
Hannah
September 4, 2015
11:32

Thank you so much for your help! I gather I just varnish over after I paint? X

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Hannah
September 4, 2015
03:15

Thanks for your reply, I’m not sure what the process is or what way is best? Can I use sharpies or is it best to stamp and fill with paint then bake. Sorry for all the questions x

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Katie
September 4, 2015
11:16

Sharpies do not last over time. I would stamp, bake, & the paint. I hope this helps! ~Katie

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Hannah
August 24, 2015
14:09

how do I write on polymer clay buttons?

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Katie
August 24, 2015
22:43

Do you want to write on them before or after you bake them Hannah?

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Sam Henry
November 16, 2014
11:33

I am so looking forward to trying this! Quick question though- if I use my pasta machine for polyclay can I still use it for pasta? Or do I need to just get a separate machine? Thanks!!

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Katie
November 16, 2014
17:00

Never use the same tools for polymer clay that you use in your kitchen. If you have a pasta machine, you can use it for polymer clay, but you can’t use it after that for pasta anymore.

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CalliopeAZCreations
February 8, 2013
12:27

Wow! Love the Saran Wrap hint. Thanks a million.

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Alecia Edwards
February 8, 2013
10:58

Your tip on using Saran Wrap is BRILLIANT! Thanks so much for sharing!

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Katie
February 8, 2013
11:38

You are most welcome! The tip has been passed down for years from one polymer clay artist to another, I do not know where the idea originated, but it was NOT mine.

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