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Creating buttons & bobbles with Translucent Polymer Clay and Bmuse Embossing Powders

This is a great beginner level polymer clay project and when you are done you'll have a pile of kewl buttons and pendants to adorn your artwork.

What you'll need: Translucent Polymer Clay, I used Fimo for this project but I have used Sculpty in the past you will get slightly different colors with the different brands. Embossing Powders, now this should work with most powders I have only done this technique with Bmuse Detail Embossing Powders. You can use most any color, you will simply get different results for this batch of buttons I used Aspen Autumn, Razzberry Dazzle, Copper Canyon, Blue Hyacinths, and Garden Mosaic which are all found on the Custom Mixes Page. The reason I selected the custom mixes is that they are made up of several colors and result in a richer more stone line look. A pasta machine is very handy but not required, if you don't have a dedicated pasta machine for working with polymer clay you can work the clay with your hands and roll out pieces with an acrylic roller. Acrylic gloss sealer. And the tough one:) a round toothpick and the back side of a small wood mounted stamp to flatten your buttons and pendants.

Your basic button: Take a quarter piece from the polymer clay brick and work the clay either by hand or by running it thru your pasta machine. Pour enough embossing powder into a plastic sandwich container to cover the bottom. Once your clay is softened into a flat piece (either rolled out or from the pasta machine simply press it into the embossing powder fold the clay with the EP on the inside and either run it thru the pasta machine one more time or work briefly with you hands. If you want a darker color simply roll out the clay again and press into the EP a second time. Once you have the embossing powder added roll the clay into a fat pencil and twist. You don't want to work the EP in too well or you will lose the marbled effect. Break off pieces about 2 times the size of a pea and roll into a ball, flatten with the back of the wood mounted stamp so it is about 1/4 to 3/8 of an inch thick, then simply make one or two holes for your buttons or pendants. Bake as instructed on the Polymer Clay package.

After baking brush with an Acrylic gloss sealer. The sealer can take quite a while to completely dry I let these dry over night before putting them away in a craft box where they would be touching.

You will notice that the embossing powder darkens as it melts and spreads into the clay it is probably best to start with a smaller amount of EP you can always add more to your next batch if you want. The only part that is a bit tricky is making sure you have worked the clay enough after adding the powder than it will not have cracks and working it so much that you lose the great marbled look. It only takes a small about of working to blend the EP into the clay.

OK, now that is your basic button:) But there are other things you can do that is also fun...

These buttons and pendants were made with Bmuse Blue Hyacinths Embossing Powder. The button on the left simply has a clear gloss sealer on it. The two in the center have have gold glass micro beads mixed in as well as a bit more EP than the others. The one on the right has less EP plus a few of the gold micro beads. Adding the micro beads was a whim(they were on the worktable) and I am delighted to say they stay in fine and look great.

This Artist Trading Card has one of the Blue Hyacinths pendants glued down on wings from the Fantasy Wings collage sheet and with a background from the Asian Text Packs.

These buttons were made by mixing Bmuse Aspen Autumn embossing powder with translucent polymer clay. They are a good example of the Basic Button. One of which I used in the example below.

With this Artist Trading Card I used a piece of soft leather put it thru the button and glued on the side of this card. The Geisha image on this card is from the Antique Asian collage sheet.

These embellishments are done with Bmuse Copper Canyon embossing powder mixed into the translucent polymer clay and are a good example of how different the color is than when you emboss with it and also the different colors you will get with different amounts of embossing powder. The pendant on the bottom has has one pressing of embossing powder added and also has some of the gold micro beads.

 

With these I added three pressings of Bmuse Garden Mosaic embossing powder to get a dark stone look. with the middle two I flattened them with a texture stamp before baking.

 

These 3 buttons are done with Bmuse Razzberry Dazzle embossing powder. The darker corner of the button on the right is from additional embossing powder I sprinkled on when they were almost done and then put them back in the oven for another couple minutes until it melted.

And there are likely dozens of other variations, but those are for your to find...have fun...go make buttons!!

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