Making buttons from polymer clay molds

Posted by LindaM | August 13, 2013

After making some polymer clay button molds a few weeks back, I finally had the opportunity to test the molds.

I thought for this batch of buttons I’d use air dry clay which is the same clay I used to make the faces for my spirit dolls. It’s much lighter than oven clay and dries quite hard. I like to use it because it doesn’t require messing about with the oven.

Making buttons from polymer clay molds

You need to condition it in the same way as standard clay, and then just press it into the mold. I dusted the mold first with a little talcum powder so the clay wouldn’t stick.

Making buttons from polymer clay molds

It was quite easy to remove as the mold is quite flexible.

Making buttons from polymer clay molds

There was some excess around the edges …

Making buttons from polymer clay molds

… which I cut away with a small pair of scissors, and then I smoothed the edges out with my finger.

Making buttons from polymer clay molds

I added a shank by pressing a jump ring into the underside.

Making buttons from polymer clay molds

It was interesting to note that the air dry clay shrank when it was dry. Air dry clay is supposed to have “minimal” shrinkage but this button shrank by about 10% which is quite significant.

Making buttons from polymer clay molds

I also made some flat buttons by rolling out a sheet of clay and pressing a stamped design into it.

Making buttons from polymer clay molds

I used the cap off a bottle of glue which was about 1″ diameter to cut out the shapes of the buttons. I read somewhere on the internet that if you place a piece of plastic wrap on top of the clay before pressing out the shape that it helps to make the edges rounded.

Making buttons from polymer clay molds

Which it did.

Making buttons from polymer clay molds

I then placed a real button on top to use as a template and made some holes in the clay button with a kebab stick.

Making buttons from polymer clay molds

The buttons turned out quite good. However I think I’m going to try again using oven bake polymer clay to see if there is less shrinkage.

Making buttons from polymer clay molds

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