2.12.2011

The Search For the Right Buttons

I’ve never been able to find some buttons that I thought looked good on this sweater! I’ve tried wood, metal with design, and various plastic. Finally I thought I would try to make some myself.

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Above is my Lion Neck Cardigan, with my buttons sewn on! I modified the pattern collar, see my rav link above. This was a fun top down pattern by Wendy Bernard.

I decided to make some more buttons with engraved branches on them, and some larger buttons to paint on.

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Here are my buttons, ready to go into the oven. I roughly scratched some branches and leaves with a toothpick. And then made the button holes by sticking a cuticle stick into the back and front and smoothing the hole out.

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I made 5 buttons with branches on them for my sweater. Lion Neck Cardigan. (amazon book link)

I rubbed in with my hands a acrylic green, using the paint brush to really make sure it got into all of the little cracks.

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Too green! So I added a burnt umber to my glaze and washed it over it. (I did this by using a little of the acrylic gloss + a small amount of burnt umber acrylic paint), and gently painting it on. I wanted a haphazard look to the finish.

Then I applied another gloss finish. These buttons are also hand washable.

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Now I’m ready to sew them on!

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Yay! See previous posts for more info on this process, and check out YouTube for many videos of creative people making everything from simple to elaborate buttons!

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=making+polymer+buttons&aq=f

Keep creating!

4 comments:

  1. Absolutely love the buttons!

    Also like your watercolor background for the blog, very nice!

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  2. Wow, buttons look great and the yarn is impressive, what kind is it?

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  3. Did you make that sweater too?! It looks great, especially with the hand made buttons.

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  4. Great one-of-a-kind buttons! Lately you have been trying a lot of new things -you're an inspiration!

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