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« on: July 17, 2012 03:45:13 PM »

I've been fancying doing some modelling for a while now, I used to really enjoy it when younger, but stopped for a long time. My current circumstances dictate that what I do is small & cheap, so I thought I might start with some salt dough.

It was quite a substantial undertaking. First of all, I made too much, so even after 2 hours of kneading (on & off) the gluten in the flour wasn't well developed enough to allow me to mould well. So I threw it away and sulked for a long while. Roll Eyes

So then I tried a much smaller amount (after recovering my composure) and this lot did work, but still took considerably longer than the 20 minutes promised. But I finally had the dough that I could use sort of like clay. I decided to make some buttons first because A] I'd seen some posted on here and B] they were hopefully going to be quick and easy. Well, I produced about 50 over the days work and left them to air dry. The next day I checked them: still not dry, so I popped them in the oven after I'd finished cooking and had turned the oven off. Checked them again next morning: still not dry. This time I tried baking some of them at 180C. Yay Grin, dry, but distinctly brown Sad. I put the others in the oven as it cooled again.
Finally they came out dried through. I didn't say: this is the wettest summer on record here in the UK, humidity has been absurd (for this country). Anyway, I finally got a matched set of 8 non-browned dry buttons that hadn't cracked in the drying process.

Then I started experimenting with the paint and glazes. Long story made short: I didn't prime the buttons, I washed them with watercolours between 2 & 4 times to get the depth of colour I wanted and varnished them with superglaze, which is nice & clear & shiny and doesn't dissolve the buttons or streak the colour when I used it.

And here they are


Since then I've been playing with other salt dough projects, but that's another story.
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« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2012 04:31:05 PM »

I'm glad you came up with the right formula!  I agree, probably wouldn't do well in the washer but they're very well done!.  Why not try playing with some polymer clay?  You can buy it in small squares - less than $2 USD - that can't be any more than all that flour!  Wink
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« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2012 05:45:28 PM »

cute buttons
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« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2012 06:26:36 PM »

I read the first sentence, and was wondering how being a model was a craft Tongue     Your buttons are very cool
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« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2012 08:15:18 PM »

very innovative.i loved the color.
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« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2012 12:51:24 AM »

Those are adorable! And they sounded like a huge headache to make.  Tongue
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« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2012 01:26:10 AM »

Thank you all. No, not a headache (apart from the sulky bit) but definitely a learning process, which I really quite enjoy.
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« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2012 09:38:28 AM »

I want to see the garment you sew them onto!

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« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2012 04:55:21 AM »

Wow theyre so cute, they remind me of sweeties!
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« Reply #9 on: July 22, 2012 10:51:31 AM »

Between your dough and soap, I'm highly amused. LOL
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« Reply #10 on: July 22, 2012 03:11:12 PM »

Between your dough and soap, I'm highly amused. LOL

I like to learn new things, and to jump straight into the middle rather than research for hours, so my information is usually quite skimpy hence I make lots of mistakes. I like to hear other people's stories, so I tell mine, but there may be a pattern going on here!
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« Reply #11 on: July 23, 2012 11:29:13 PM »

Another great story and lovely buttons.  The water colours are beautiful.  What I really would like to know is how they stand up to normal wear, and laundry of course.
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« Reply #12 on: July 24, 2012 03:41:47 AM »

They were another swap item. I personally wouldn't wash them: although they were as sealed as I could make them, the base is sooooo water soluble that I wouldn't risk it. Just one chip would allow them to disintegrate. But there are hundreds of button uses that don't require washing, so I thought it was worthwhile.

On the other hand, as soon as I've finished my next knitting project, I'm planning on using a few of the spares, so I'll try to remember to update this topic on how they go.
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« Reply #13 on: July 28, 2012 10:56:34 PM »

How cute, so I got the sculpy out, colored one with a marker, embossed, and came to a screeching halt. I will go to my boyfriend's service tomorrow and after condolences,will continue with my buttons. I found that sculpey can also be painted and impressed on other objects, so I've been on a pressing spree and can't wait to bake me some buttons. My love of buttons is growing and I wish I had elderly family members who were as frugal as me.
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« Reply #14 on: July 29, 2012 02:09:03 AM »

Wonderful idea Smiley I love homemade buttons.
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« Reply #15 on: January 27, 2013 07:16:17 AM »

I absolutely love the colours! And the way that it's not entirely opaque is great Smiley
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