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« on: August 10, 2012 09:42:04 AM »

I want to make some attractive "things" to attach to fabric that's been sewn on velcroe that will be used on replaceable strap flip flops.  Therefore, the backing needs to be lightweight, but sturdy.  The base will be glued or sewn on, so it needs to be able to take apoxy or fabric glue.  I'll be using beads, rinestones, yarn, fabric, etc. to decorate the "things". The best I've come up with so far are large, inexpensive buttons, but I was hoping there was something out there that was thinner, but almost as sturdy.  Metal washers were also something I was thinking of, but they'd be too heavy.  Any suggestions from more experienced "jewerly and trinket" makers?
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2012 06:29:07 PM »

What about nylon washers?

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« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2012 12:55:14 PM »

I would say make your own from two part resin clays like Apoxie Sculpt - that way you can have any shape, colour you want, and be able to embed some of the decorative items.

« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2012 10:32:23 AM »

Thanks for the feedback!  Cheesy  I've checked and I can get the nylon washers at Lowes; if they take to the glue OK, they would also give me a hole to put a brad through! 

I had thought about trying resin, though, as with the Apoxie Sculpt, that would be a new area for me.  I'm afraid I'd spend too much decorating time trying to get that part right.  Someday, perhaps, but that's not where my "muse" is right now.

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« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2012 08:18:17 AM »

There are lots of things you could use but polymer clay might be one of the best.
It's basically plastic, it's very strong (as long as just a few of the lines** of it aren't used when *they* are thin), it can be created to be any size, shape, color, even pattern, can have onlays and inlays (clay or gems/metals/etc), and much more.

It can be sewn if thin enough, or holes can be created for thicker cordings.  
It can be glued with various glues, and especially if the glues can into little depressions or around shapes of the clay.  

It's often made into buttons (shank ones or holey ones), etc., etc.
Check out this page at my polymer clay encyclopedia for info on making Buttons:
and more pics: https://www.google.com/images?q=polymer+clay+buttons

These might be similar to adding "stuff" to barrette or pin findings, etc, so also check out the Jewelry page--under Pins or Barrettes:
and more pics: https://www.google.com/images?q=polymer+clay+barrettes

And for all the other possibilities, check out all the other category pages from the Table of Contents page:

** http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=Ah3TmxMH1b9StHBwtkaivEIW53NG;_ylv=3?qid=20091225104704AAIDebT (my answer)

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