How to make button molds

Have you ever found yourself not wanting to use a particular button or embellishment because it was just too beautiful/special/unique? I find myself doing this a lot although I can’t imagine what I’m saving them for.

However after showing you my favorite method of changing the color of metal buttons and charms the other day, it occurred to me that I should make molds of my favorite buttons and charms and then I could make as many as I want using polymer clay.

If you haven’t worked with polymer clay before, it’s a lot of fun and not just for kids. I sometimes use it make embellishments for my quilts and other textile art projects.

These are some medallions that I just made by pressing out some small pieces of polymer clay into free-form shapes, pressing a stamp into the surface, baking them, painting them black, and then highlighting the ridges with various paints and waxes. My favorite Krylon Gold Leafing pen works great for this technique. I’ll probably use these as embellishments on a quilt.

How to make button molds

However back to the button molds. I found some mold making clay that I’ve had stashed away for quite some time.

How to make button molds

And then I gathered some of my favorite buttons.

How to make button molds

Making a mold is quite easy. You simply soften the clay in your hands and then shape it slightly larger and deeper than the button. Dust the button with some talcum powder so it releases from the clay easily. Then press the button into the clay and carefully remove it. This shape turned out really well.

How to make button molds

This button has a cut-out so I’m not sure how this mold will work. I think it should be ok.

How to make button molds

I also made a mold of one of my favorite charms.

How to make button molds

And I even made a texture mold using an old piece of fabric paper.

How to make button molds

How to make button molds

Once you’ve finished making your molds, all that’s left is to bake them and they’re done! This particular molding clay bakes at 275deg for 20 minutes.

How to make button molds

Hopefully this weekend I’ll have a chance to play with the molds and test them out.