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Modern Gray n White Pillow

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Here are some details about my project:
Category Sewing
Type Home Decor
Sizing Other
Style Hipster, Casual, Cute, Mod
Shoestring on craftsy.com

What materials did you use? Bold, modern Gray and White Printed Cotton, decorated with 3 of my handmade polymer clay buttons. This is Project 126.

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What are you most proud of? I made polymer clay buttons to match this modern gray and white printed fabric. I made sets of gray buttons, then sets of white buttons. TIP: Working clay with your hands not only conditions the clay but warms the clay--making it soft and very flexible. So, I allowed the polymer clay button sets to cool on a cold porcelain tile for 15 minutes, this makes the clay firm again. Then I stacked one white button on top of one gray button, and sliced the stack in half. I put buttons back together--making (2) bi color gray 'n white buttons. Put the bi color button back into the mold one more time and press firmly with fingers--this will help fuse the two colors together without creating any distortion. Place bi color buttons on baking tray, and with a wooden appetizer skewer--strike wholes in each button. Bake per package directions. I use Sculpey Premo at 275 degrees F, for 30 minutes.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Yes, Yes, there's one more important point to make about finishing the button holes. Lesson Learned: I used to poke wooden skewer through top and back of pre-baked clay button. BUT, handling them too much can cause button shape to warp. Now, I just strike the button holes with a wooden skewer on the front side of the button only. After the button is baked and cools I use my battery operated drill with a small bit to finish drilling the holes. The finish result is much cleaner and uniform button holes.

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Hello Shoestring, You've done it again, PPP. (That could be "pillow" too.) I like the modern look of this pillow, and of course your great handmade buttons put it over the top.

11/17/2013 Flag

What an elegant pillow! Wow, Shoestring! You are amazing! I can't believe how many projects you complete and how varied the styles and materials are. Your buttons are fantastic! I may have to learn how to make them.

11/21/2013 Flag