When I started out, two years ago now, there were so many products I thought I’d never use. And I never thought I’d be so into making my own embellishments either. But now, a few years later, here I am, spending precious time trying out things that often does not end up the way I thought it would (more often than not it requires a few tries). This is one of those projects, making my own buttons.
When I begun this hobby I never thought I’d ever put anything remotely like a button on a project. It just didn’t make any sense to me. More embellishments are always useful though, and I can’t keep putting blingy gems on everything I make (I would gladly do it but I need some variety I guess). So here I am, makin’ ma’ own buttn’s!
I’ve been itching to try to make my own embellishments with clay for a while now. I’ve read a few articles on paper clay, a super light material made of tiny paper granules (granules, not just in toothpaste!), that sounded perfect. Not to heave for a card you’d like to send yonder. Then I stumbled onto Craftpudding’s cutsey clay ornaments and decided I needed to give it a go, or else it would be buzzing around in my head for a long time (the What If’s of scrapping, keeping me awake).
The result is not at all what I thought it would be and I can’t say that I am all that pleased, but it is my first try, so maybe next time? Plenty of clay left! Maybe on the right project they will look rather nice. Here’s what happened:
I made some different shapes with the paper clay and used some tiny ornament stamps I have to impress a shape in them. They dry fairly quickly but i let them set over night.
I painted them in various pastel colours from a set of paints called “Shabby Chic” from Panduro. Perfect set if one wants a certain colour scheme but does not feel like mixing them oneself ;)
I dabbed some gold coloured paint on them whit a foam brush to give them a kitschy look. I then added some colour to the imprints and finished up by coating them with some varnish:
Tadaa, handmade buttons! I will definitely give it another go, it was plenty of fun and, well, they need some improvement ;)