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Buttons & Trillium

January 9, 2012

Wow, what happened to my day?

My big sister came for an afternoon visit & plans shifted. Two weeks ago she & I had started talking about creating ceramic buttons. We found some sweet hand made ones at the new yarn shop in Corvallis. I said “We can make those and have Kirsten (her daughter) come down from Portland! A craft day!” Figuring out everything is still in the works. When she stopped by today, I pulled out a little clay, flopped out a slab, pulled some stamps out and started making samples. I really haven’t thought about what is required in creating buttons. What size/shape do we want? What will they be sewn to? Will they actually be sturdy enough?  How thick should they be before drying & firing? After playing around a bit I determined another trip to Georgie’s for a small circle cutter might be necessary or raid the kitchen drawers for a cookie cutter yet again. More to figure…. When Kim & Kirsten really do meet up at my home, I’ll probably have a few examples to show them. Another fun chance to share arts & crafts with people I love.

I did manage to work on a 5″x 5″  Trillium print during the morning. The original image was taken last spring & I’m not certain which type of Trillium it might be. Hoping to finish it tomorrow.

Where did that serious focus go? Guess there’s always Tuesday!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. January 10, 2012 1:17 pm

    Smooth bodied clay… Most of the buttons and necklaces I see made from clay are much too rough on the backside for my taste. If the clay is too rough it could stress the fabric it is buttoning.

    • paperstew permalink*
      January 10, 2012 3:48 pm

      Good suggestion. I’m still working in White Salmon, very close to a porcelain & mid-range firing. I’m guessing the full button surface needs to be glazed to keep things smooth…

  2. January 10, 2012 1:18 pm

    Have to head up to Portland on Friday. Is there something I could pick up for you from Georgies, or do you need to wade through their bins.

  3. February 6, 2012 5:41 am this! It fits what I try to sew on my bags (I have another business called CreationsByBG and I sew bags of all kinds with buttons and ribbons

    • paperstew permalink*
      February 6, 2012 7:21 am

      I’m still working on the buttons. If some turn out, I’ll post them on my etsy site for sale. Glad you made a trip to Albany. It has a lovely little historic downtown section and great possibilities!
      Thanks for your comment!

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