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« Reply #10 on: August 31, 2005 06:30:37 PM »

FancySchmancy... if you still want to try making buttons with polymer clay, check out this page at my website on doing just that:

Btw, I wouldn't use Sculpey brand polymer clay for any thin buttons you might make... it's much more breakable than the other polymer clays when it's thin or has projecting parts.

If you want to make the style of button below, you won't need a mold (though you could use one if you wanted). 
Just roll some clay into a seamless ball, and flatten it to the outer thickness-height you want ... for the interior depression, press something flat and round (like the end of a dowel) into the center of the disc a little way (its diameter should be less than the diameter of the flattened disc, of course).
To make the holes, it's better to remove clay than push it aside, so you can use something like a coffee stirrer straw ...press into the clay, twist, and remove (the clay will stick in the straw, so just cut a bit off from the straw after each hole). 

If you want to make more than one button in exactly the same size, you can still do the above, but use the same volume of clay for each one. 
One way to do that is to flatten the clay into an eve-thickness sheet, then use a cutter of some kind to cut out multiples... when you make balls from those and turn them into buttons, they should end up the same size. 
Another way would be to roll a log of your clay, then cut off equal lengths of clay to use for each button.

If you want to read about using polymer clay in molds (or even making molds from polymer clay in the first place, then using them with more clay), check out this page too:

(Also, if you don't already have a button you'd like to use to make a mold from... create a button from polymer clay, bake it, then use that to make a button mold for the rest of the buttons.)

(button-making with polymer clay is re-e-e-ally fun!! Grin Grin)

Diane B.
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thanks Diane! those tips are awesome and very useful!

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« Reply #11 on: August 31, 2005 07:07:16 PM »

That is just plain beautiful...I wish I could knit.  I can sew and crochet...never tried to knit because it looks so intimidating.

« Reply #12 on: September 01, 2005 03:44:20 PM »

that is wayyyyyy too cute.

sure shes got everything ive got gadgets and gizmos  of plenty ive got whozits and whatzits galore you want thingamabobs ive got twenty but who cares no big deal i want more
« Reply #13 on: September 01, 2005 05:51:50 PM »

Yey, it looks really neat !! Love that blue !!

Actually the pattern can be found there. I really have to add the link inside the pattern !  Wink

And btw, I just added a Gallery in my site featuring what others do with my patterns, and I'd love it if you me pics of your bag ! Like I said, it's really nice, and always cool to see other's people's variation on your own pattern..  Wink


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