ceramic buttons

goonooseJuly 22, 2005

Hi there,

I went to a ceramic button class where i decorated already made greeware buttons. After doing this I got the bug and wanted to make my own. I cannot find any molds anywhere and after searching the net realised that most people selling buttons had the same ones but just painted differently. Would any of you clever people know where I could purchase molds to make my own ceramic buttons?

Thank you

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I love my book entitled Charming Handmade Clay Crafts. It has a section on making buttons. You can buy a used copy of the book at Amazon.com for $4.50. I buy used books through Amazon all the time and typically the books look brand new. I seriously just bought a Pricilla Houser painting book for 76 cents LOL. It was brand new... didn't look as if anyone had even thumbed through the pages.

Molds are so easy to make. There are numerous products available depending on your needs.

I've used polymer clay to make molds. Just press the original button into the clay... remove it... and bake the polymer mold according to the package directions. It's a no brainer.

For some designs it's necessary to use a flexible mold. For those I use liquid latex. You simply paint the original with it, let it dry, paint it again with a few thick layers. And when it's thoroughly dry it's a nice rubber mold. A flexible mold is good for raised designs that have undercuts. Like a button that has little flower petals and leaves that are 3 dimensional. I bought mine at Home Depot.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2005 at 4:52PM
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Home Depot has a product called Mold Builder liquid latex rubber. I just found it on the Delvie's Plastics Inc., website.

Here is a link that might be useful: liquid latex

    Bookmark   October 7, 2005 at 6:38PM
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