DIY Clay Buttons – Polymer Clay Tutorials

An old sweater or cardigan gets a new life with these DIY Clay Buttons.  Great for using up clay scraps and adding color and style to an old piece of clothing, these buttons are easy and fun to make, and you can make several of them using the traditional Polymer clay cane.  These handmade buttons can also be turned into beads by working a hole through the center of the circle.

 Polymer Clay Tutorials
Polymer Clay Tutorials


 1 block Premo! Accents: Magenta Pearl – 2 oz
 1 block Premo! Accents: Peacock Pearl – 2 oz
 1 block Premo! Accents: Purple Pearl – 2 oz
 1 block Premo! Sculpey®: Wasabi – 2 oz
 Clay Conditioning Machine
 Sculpey® Etch ‘N Pearl
 Sculpey® Super Slicer
 Cardigan Sweater
 Sew On Snaps- Size 2
 E-6000 Industrial Strength Adhesive
 Artway Circle Frames Shape Set
 Cornstarch or talcum powder and applicator
 Craft Knife


1. Condition 1/2 package Peacock Blue Pearl and 1 full package of all remaining colors.
2. With large Etch ‘N Pearl tool, make one Wasabi pearl for each button. Following the baking instructions on the
package and bake for 10 minutes. Allow to cool completely and remove from baking surface. If there is extra
clay around the pearl edges, use a craft knife to remove. Set aside.
3. Shape 1/2 bar Peacock Blue clay into 2″ long log. With Clay Conditioning Machine, roll out a sheet of Magenta
Pearl on a #1 (thickest) setting. Cover log with two even layers of Magenta Pearl. Repeat double layers with
Wasabi and Purple Pearl to make bulls-eye cane. Reduce cane to 3/4″ diameter by rolling on work surface,
starting from the center of log and working your way to the ends. Using Super Slicer, slice 3/8″ thick slices, one
for each button.
4. Using 22 mm button frame with open circle, press in cane slice.  Using pointed end of small Etch ‘N Pearl tool,
drag lines on button front, alternating from the center to edge and edge to center to make spiderweb pattern.
Use pushing tool to push button out of frame. Press prebaked Wasabi pearl in center. Repeat to make as many
buttons as needed. Bake according to manufacturer’s instructions. Allow to cool completely before handling.


By: Jennifer Bezingue