Please make sure your work area is covered and you are not working on an unprotected surface. We recommend working on the Sculpey® Oven-Safe Work Mat, wax paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. Uncured clay may damage unprotected furniture or finished surfaces. Be sure to cover your crafting area appropriately.
Start with clean hands, unwrap and knead clay until soft and smooth, or condition by running clay though a Pasta Machine. We recommend using a designated machine for clay purposes only. When working with multiple colors, clean hands with soap and water or baby wipes (we have found that baby wipes work best) before switching colors. Shape clay, pressing pieces firmly together. Wash hands after use.
Begin by preheating oven to 275 °F (130 °C). After you are done creating; for best results bake clay on an oven-proof surface such metal, aluminum foil, an index card or the Sculpey® Clay Mat at 275°F (130 °C) for 30 minutes per 1/4" (6 mm) thickness according to package directions. Oven safe glass or ceramic surfaces are also acceptable for baking; however please note that the baking times may take longer as the glass or ceramic surfaces take longer to heat up. For best baking results, use an oven thermometer. DO NOT USE MICROWAVE OVEN. DO NOT EXCEED THE ABOVE TEMPERATURE OR RECOMMENDED BAKING TIME.
This color is 2 parts Premo Gold and 1 part Souffle Raspberry. When you mix Premo metallics with Souffle, it spread the mica out in such a lovely way. So you not only get a new color, but a new texture and look as well! I mixed 1/2 package of Gold with 1/4 package of Raspberry to create my “buttons” Reserve some of the Gold for the centers.
Sheet the mixed clay out on the 2nd from the widest setting on your machine. I used the 1.25 inch cutter from my Sculpey set (4th from largest) to cut out my base for my buttons. Place on your baking sheet, making sure each piece is flat. (NOTE: I cut the flaps off my Amazon boxes and those become my baking trays!)
Sheet out the conditioned Sea Glass clay on the same setting and use the smallest cutter in the set (.75 inches) to cut out the center circles. Place on your baking sheet, making sure each piece is flat
Sheet out a small piece of the remaining Gold clay on the widest setting on the clay conditioning machine and use the medium Etch n’ Pearl to press out a pearl for each of your buttons (plus a couple more!). Use the smallest Style n’ Detail tool to press the center of each pearl in. Place the completed pearls on your baking tray and bake all the pieces according to Step 1.
I decided to mark where I would want to have my stitches. I just placed the Sea Glass disc on the larger disk. Mark the top and bottom, then half way between those two marks and half way again. I used my selected needle to pre make each hole (again to make sure that I was spaced right.)
Mark the center of each of the Sea Glass and press the needle through. Use a small amount of instant glue on a toothpick to glue the disc in place. Once the glue has set, press the needle through this hole and through the bottom disc. (look at the metallic sheen and the cool suede texture on the bottom mixed clay disk!)
Thread your needle with 3 strands of the embroidery thread that is about 14 inches in length (cut a length of the thread and split the strands into two 3-strand lengths). Bring the thread up through the center, reserving a length on the bottom. Stitch through each outer hole and bring the thread up through the center again before stitching through the next outer hole. When you have completed your stitching, tie the original end together with the remaining thread. LEAVE THE REMAINING THREAD ON THE BUTTON SO YOU CAN SEW IN PLACE ON THE BAG>
Once you have all the buttons sewn, use the remaining thread on each button to sew the button to the canvas bag. Tie the thread off and trim. I had some white craft glue that was usable on fabric so I added a dot or two to the sides of the buttons to help hold them in place on the bag since it will most likely be a travel bag for some of my tools!
Don’t forget to glue the center pearls in place as well!
Got extra buttons? They make really cute earrings as well!