Brilliant Buttons with Polymer Clay

Make gorgeous, tailor-made buttons.

Polymer clay is a fantastic material for making buttons. In its raw state, colours can be mixed to suit and shapes can be easily textured and moulded into a huge range of shapes and sizes. Once baked, it's machine washable and lightweight, so if you are a stitcher, carder, knitter or felter - or just enjoy learning a craft, this course is for you.

I will explain and demonstrate how to make your own moulds; prepare and condition the clay; select and mix colours; shape and texture your buttons; make holes or add shanks and how to bake and finish your creations. Handouts summarising the techniques will be provided.

Students will spend their day trying each of the methods demonstrated whilst developing their skills, choosing their favourite styles and making a range of their own buttons before baking at least 3 dozen assorted beauties to take home!

Materials for the course

All equipment, materials and refreshments are supplied on this workshop.

You might like to bring

  • A notebook and pen
  • A camera/phone to record the progress of your work
  • A craft project for which you would like to make buttons
  • A pack lunch

Course dates for 2017

  • Sunday 15 October
  • Tuesday 14 November

Course dates for 2018

  • Saturday 27 January
  • Thursday 1 March
  • Tuesday 29 May
  • Friday 20 July


Examples of student work...


   Tray of buttons for baking Leaf buttons   5 buttons   Buttons for bakingMaple leaf buttonBlue and gold rectangular buttons


Had a lovely day. Very inspiring and learnt a lot of techniques. Would come again.
LL, Barnstaple, Making Buttons with Polymer Clay

I have so enjoyed myself today. A sort of 'died and gone to heaven day'. Fantastic. Refreshments were great too. Thank you so much
VB, Lifton, Making Buttons with Polymer Clay

Having seen your display at Okehampton Show, I fell in love with the buttons. Therefore had to come on the course. The course was delightful and met with my expectations. I am thrilled I can now make some!!
WW, Crediton, Making Buttons with Polymer Clay

Brilliant day. Learnt and produced so much. Good handouts, friendly atmosphere. Can't wait to do some more.
SB, Bideford, Making Buttons with Polymer Clay

I've had a fantastic day. I loved every minute of it. Every second was spent learning and I was absolutely delighted with what I have made. Thank you so much.
AP, Doddiscombsleigh, Making Buttons with Polymer Clay

Class starts at 10:00 am
Class ends at 4.00pm
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