Heart Line Buttons – Polymer Clay Tutorials.

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By: Amy Koranek

Liven up a shirt or jacket with these cute Heart Line Buttons. Created with a simple layering technique, these adorable clay buttons may look professionally made, but they could easily be created using a few of your favorite clay colors.

Polymer Clay Tutorials
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Materials:

 1 block Sculpey® III: Red Hot Red – 2 oz
 1 block Sculpey® III: Just Orange – 2 oz
 1 block Sculpey® III: Lemonade – 2 oz
 Clay Conditioning Machine
 Sculpey Acrylic Roller
 Sculpey® Etch ‘N Pearl
 Sculpey® Super Slicer
 7/8″ circle cutter

Instructions:

1. Begin by preheating oven to 275°F (130 °C). Test temperature with oven thermometer for perfectly cured clay.
For best results, condition all clay by running it through the clay dedicated pasta machine several passes on the
widest setting. Fold the clay in half after each pass and insert the fold side into the rollers first.

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2. Sheet each color through the clay machine on the thickest setting. Cut out rectangles of each color approximately 2-1/4″ X 2-1/2″.
3. Stack the colors starting with Lemonade on the bottom, then Just Orange, then Red Hot Red, and finishing up with Red on top. Make sure to roll over each color as you stack them with the roller so that air bubbles are
pressed out between layers.
4. Using the acrylic roller and pressure, roll over the layers making the sheet of colors longer and thinner. Continue
rolling over sheet until it is at least twice as long as it was originally. As you roll over the top it will be easiest if you flip the sheet upside down and roll from the other side as well. Cut the sheet into fourths.

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5. Stack the four sections back up to make a thick striped slab. Repeat steps three and four again.
6. After stacking the layers up a second time, roll over them to seal, and then form the slab by pressing on all six
sides with your hands and fingers. This should make a fairly thick loaf.
7. Stand the loaf in front of you with the stripes parallel to your body. You should have a single color on the side of
the loaf facing you and not stripes. Gently cut down through the loaf with the ripple blade so that the blade is
parallel to the stripes. Make several cuts through the loaf about 1/8″ thick.

8. Press the rippled sheets back through the pasta machine on the thickest setting to smooth out the ripples and
elongate the pattern.

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9. Cut out buttons shapes with the circle cutter. Gently poke the small Etch n Pearl tool through the center of each
button twice to make buttons holes. To make neat holes, go through one side of the button and then poke the
tool back through the other side to clean up the holes.
10. Bake according to directions above. When cool you can sew them onto a matching garment.

 

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