Button Replicas

Kayla got this in the mail from Amy Jo from The Little Moments for her Pay It Forward post. Isn’t it adorable? It is a teeny, tiny flower (the pictures don’t do the sizing justice, it is about 2 inches).

It has a clippie on the back. So I have been clipping it into Kayla’s little interchangable headband everytime she wears purple. But do you know what I love the most about it?

THE BUTTON! I am sorry Amy that I took the clippie apart…please forgive me. DON’T WORRY I glued it back in place when I was done. :-) But isn’t the button glorious?!?! I love it. So I decided to try to replicate it.

1. First I conditioned some scraps of polymer clay. Then I rolled it in a ball and sprinkled it with baby powder. Then, with even pressure, I pushed the button upside down into it and it formed the impression into the clay.

Then I removed the button and oohed and ahhed over the gorgeous impression it left.


2. Then I baked my mold according to manufacturer’s directions. After the mold cooled I rolled little balls of pink polymer clay. I put some baby powder into the mold and then pressed the balls into the mold and carefully pried them out (the baby powder makes it not stick).

Here’s some replicas ready to bake.


**There is some shrinkage when baked. So they are a tad smaller than the original.

3. After they cooled I brushed them with some different colors of mica powder. The first one was with an irridescent mica, the second was a pink mica, and the third was with a gold mica. Then I sprayed them with a clear coat to seal them.

** I think the next time I use the mold I will use the mica powder instead of the baby powder and it will be baked into the clay and also make it not stick to the mold.

And here they are next to each other…

Now I can use the mold over and over and make a zillion of them. How fabulous!

** I keep calling them buttons but I did not put a shank on the back, although you could. They are actually just flat because I was just going to glue them to the flowers anyway and didn’t actually need it to be a button.

I then used my new “buttons” and glued them to some of the fabric flowers I made. Of course I copied Amy Jo’s flower size because it was ADORABLE!

And there they are in all their glory sitting next to Amy Jo’s inspiration flower.

Thanks AMY JO, you rock my world!





Comments

  1. OH MY GOODNESS! You seriously are a geniues! Who would have thought to do that??? You, I guess! :)

    I love them! And thanks for posting the fabric flowers a while back, I made one for Hannah to match one of her dresses and it is TOO cute!

  2. Awesome…just like everything else you do! :) I had completely forgotten about making molds out of clay. Argh! I so want to do this right now but my in-laws will be in town this afternoon and they’re sleeping in my craft room. Should I make molds or clean? What’s a girl to do?

  3. Mabry's gamma says:

    Becki,

    What a cute and clever idea. You blogging girls and all your ideas really rock. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Okay Beckie, so I got on your blog to just kind of look around, no big deal…..I AM IN AWE! I even called my husband into the room to check out your amazing work/ideas! You rock girl! I need to spend a day with you and learn all of your tricks, and ideas!

    I am also so grateful and thankful to be in your bible study group! You are a wonderful leader and I so look forward to all we have to learn from each other and the study! You are awesome girl! You are officially my inspiration! I WILL BE MORE CRAFTY!

  5. A more creative gal I think I’ve never met. That was pretty ingenious of you…and with a new baby, too. I think YOU rock.

  6. Dang it… I should have made a mold before giving that button away. I can’t believe you thought of that idea! I’ve never done anything with clay before because I can only think of elementary school projects using that meduim. Hmmm. Very interesting. My mom was checking out that button too; she couldn’t believe it was a button. I wonder where I got that….

  7. Those are so stinkin’ cute! What a great idea to copy the buttons like that. It never would have occurred to me.

    Any chance we can get a pic of the cute purple flower on your beautiful babe? ;)

  8. We can totally work something out! :)

    Email me!

  9. Thimbleanna says:

    Holy Cow Woman — aren’t you still supposed to be on maternity break??? That’s just awesome!!!

  10. Those are great. Thanks for the idea.

  11. This is great!I love how they turned out! You are so creative!

    :)
    Martha

  12. Shannon says:

    I don’t even know what to say…I’m constantly amazed by they things you do!

  13. Beautiful !

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