Tweedy, Heathered, and Variegated Buttons in Polymer Clay
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
I can never find buttons for my knitting projects that I like, in the right sizes, at the store. This tutorial is the answer. Now I'll be able to mix polymer clay colors to match the yarn, even if it is a flecked yarn. Then, following this beautifully photographed and well-written tutorial, I'll be able to turn clay into buttons that are unique to my knitted creations! Simple genius!