Clay Flower Buttons
- Polyform Premo! Sculpey Accents: Magenta Pearl, Peacock Pearl, Purple Pearl
- Polyform Premo! Sculpey: Wasabi
- Cardigan sweater
- Dritz Sew-on Snaps, size 2
- Sculpey Clay Conditioning Machine
- Sculpey Super Slicer
- Sculpey Etch ’N Pearl Tool Set
- Artway Circle Frames Shape Set
- Cornstarch or talcum powder and applicator
- Parchment-lined baking sheet
- Eclectic Products E6000 Glue
- 1. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to condition 1/2 package Peacock Blue Pearl and full packages of remaining clay colors.
- 2. With large Etch ’N Pearl tool, make one Wasabi pearl for each button. Following manufacturer’s instructions, bake for 10 minutes. Allow to cool completely and remove from baking surface. With craft knife, remove extra clay from pearl edges. Set aside.
- 3. Shape 1/2 bar Peacock Blue clay into 2”-long log. With Clay Conditioning Machine, condition Magenta Pearl sheet at #1 (thickest) setting. Cover log with two even layers of Magenta Pearl clay. Repeat double layers with Wasabi and Purple Pearl clay to make bulls-eye cane. Reduce cane to 3/4” diameter by rolling on work surface. Using Super Slicer, slice 3/8”-thick slices, one for each button.
- 4. Using 22 mm button frame with open circle, press in cane slice. Using pointed end of small Etch ’N Pearl tool, drag lines on button front, alternating from center to edge and edge to center to make spider-web pattern. Use pushing tool to push button out of frame. Press prebaked Wasabi pearl in center. Repeat to make as many buttons as needed. Bake following manufacturer’s instructions. Let cool completely.
- 5. With cardigan buttoned up, pull over your head and unbutton just as many buttons as needed to open – probably one or two. Cut these buttons off. Keeping sweater buttoned, glue clay buttons on original buttons. For buttons at neckline, glue one half of snap to clay button back and glue the other half to the sweater where original button was placed.
by Jennifer Bezingue for Polyform Products