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Flowery Buttons Made from Polymer Clay

102 days to go until the polymer clay cruise…

Sometimes even I wonder if there might be more to life than making vaguely cylindrical beads…

… so I have been experimenting with making buttons instead:

Instead of cutting pieces from the end of the cane that are 6mm deep, I’ve been cutting them so that they are 2mm deep instead. Then I squirt some of Lisa Pavelka‘s lovely acrylic resin-y “Magic Glos” (pronounced, er, “Magic Gloss”) onto the top surface…

…and once I’ve cured it (under a UV light, because we don’t have enough proper sunshine in England), it turns into a smooth glassy surface. Not sure if that domed-ness shows properly on the photos, but it acts as a magnifying lens and really brings out the details of the designs.

Then all you have to do to finish making it into a button is to make a shank for the back of it by bending a piece of wire into an ‘α’ shape, then fixing the shank to the back of the button by using a small blob of polymer clay:

Hey presto! Buttons!

But a tragedy has occurred – I have nearly run out of Magic Glos! Does anyone stock it in the UK?? Heeeeeelp!

New Polymer Clay Creations

August 15, 2010 4 comments

I’ve been away on holiday for a week, but just before I went away I finished photographing a collection of the most recent items I’ve been making:

fuchsia earring

fuchsia earring

fuchsia earrings

fuchsia earrings

blue basic butterflies

blue basic butterflies

goldfish earrings

goldfish earrings

hibiscus buttons

hibiscus buttons

wild violets

wild violets

wild violets next to the real thing

wild violets next to the real thing

At the moment nobody seems interested in buying my jewellery (or at least, not on Ebay), so I’m a bit scared of spending time and money on putting them on a craft stall and then finding out ‘for real’ that nobody wants to buy my stuff.

On the other hand, if I don’t start showing these things to people then I definitely won’t be able to sell them. I need to bite the bullet and go to a few galleries and try to do a craft stall. Eek.