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I am a polymer clay artist turned fiber addict. I can often be found at Polka Dot Cottage (http://www.lisaclarke.net), writing about my adventures in polymer, fabric, yarn, photography, and everyday ...

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Yarny Buttons

from Polka Dot Cottage {at craftsy}
(11) Name: 'Other : Yarny Buttons
Yarny Buttons
Yarny Buttons
Yarny Buttons
Yarny Buttons

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Basic polymer clay skills: conditioning, rolling, cutting.
  • Rudimentary understanding of the Skinner Blend and of weaving strips is helpful but not necessary.

Pattern Description:

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?


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


  • Polymer clay in various colors
  • Pasta machine or other rolling tool
  • Clay blade or other cutting tool
  • Round 3/4-inch and 11/4-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)

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