Special knit and crocheted projects deserve special buttons, and sometimes the best fasteners are the ones that fade quietly – and artfully – into the background of the garment. What better way to procure unique sweater-matching buttons than to make them yourself?
Basic polymer clay skills: conditioning, rolling, cutting. Rudimentary understanding of the Skinner Blend and of weaving strips is helpful but not necessary.
Tools and Materials
- Polymer clay in various colors
- Pasta machine or other rolling tool
- Clay blade or other cutting tool
- Round ¾-inch and 1¼-inch cookie cutters
- Plastic wrap
- Knitting needle or other hole-poking tool
- 1/16-inch drill bit (optional)
- Sandpaper in 400, 600, 800, 1000, and 1200 grits (optional)
- Buffing cloth (optional)
Through this ebook you will learn:
- How to mix polymer clay to create the colors that will match your yarn
- How to mimic the look of tweed in clay
- How to mimic the look of heathered yarn in clay
- How to mimic the look of variegated yarn in clay
- How to make a partial blend of 2 colors
- How to make a 3-part Skinner blend (a seamless gradation of 3 colors)
- How to weave strips of clay into a fully-woven sheet
- How to form a button shape
- How to give your buttons a nice professional finish
Yarny Buttons is fully-illustrated and available in PDF format. $2.99
The instructions for this project are currently being published, one variation at a time, for free through a series of posts on my blog. What you get for your $2.99 here, is a handy ebook version that you can take with you on your favorite mobile device. And you get my sincere thanks for your support!
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