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|Stuff In General
Deciding what size to make your buttons-this is entirely up to you, but think of the finished button on a garment. I'm assuming these will be collectibles, but just in case someone does decide to use them as buttons...look at garments in your closet and pick a size you like. A 1" button would be huge on a garment, but good for collecting.
Putting in holes Number of holes-this depends on the size of your buttons. A small button only needs two hole but a larger one may need three or four to hold it securely to a garment. Again, look in your closet and see how many holes are in what size button
Patterns if your buttons have a distinct style, pattern or shape, make sure that you put the holes in the same place on all of your buttons. This will insure that they look good on whatever they are used for.
Shape buttons can literally be any shape. Hearts, triangles, animal heads, stars, etc. Be sure that you allow for button holes when you make them, though. Putting button holes in the cat's eyes would be gruesome! lol And some shapes can only have the holes put in a certain spot or they will crack.
Thickness Make your buttons thick enough to withstand being buttoned and unbuttoned and washed, but not so thick that they will rip the buttonhole on a garment. If you're unsure, take a piece of clay that's about the thickness you're thinking of and hold it up to a premade button.
|From Cheryl Ross:
1. Since polymer clay gets stronger in proportion to the baking time, buttons should be
baked for a longer time than the manufacturers recommendations. I baked my buttons for an
2. I made holes in one unbaked button and
then baked that button so that I could use it for a