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Monday, October 29, 2012

31 Days of Halloween - Day 30 - Make your own glittery pumpkin Buttons


Day 30 and once again you are hopping onto the Smeared and Smudged Forum's 31 Days of Halloween Blog Hop! Yea!  I love all the wonderful projects that I'm seeing on my daily hops!  Take a bow, Wicked Bloggers!

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Making your own buttons is a hoot!  These simple pumpkin buttons began as a piece of polymer clay that I shaped, baked and made a mold of. But, you don't even have to make an original piece to begin with, you can make a mold of ANYTHING!  Just think of the possibilities!

Materials: Polymer clay - Orange and scrap clay Mold making medium Crochet needle Wire Round nose pliers Chan nose pliers Wire Cutters Needle tool or toothpick Glue Glitter
Make a small, flat backed pumpkin shape.Use a crochet needle to mark the sections of the pumpkin. You can use scrap clay for this, because this will be the piece you make a mold of. Bake according to directions. Allow to cool.
You will need a mold making medium. THis is a Sculpey product that I like.You'll also need powder and a brush to spread it.
Brush and dab the powder on the original piece.
Push the powdered piece into a ball of mold medium.Turn it over and push a little bit to even the surface.
Very gently pull the mold medium away from the baked piece ever so slightly and push a tiny bit on the back side of the mold medium to release the piece.Bake the mold as directed and allow to cool.
To make the button and shank you'll need orange clay, the baked mold, a water spritzer, 20 gauge wire, round nose pliers and chain nose pliers.
Cut a 1" piece of wire and bend it around the round nose pliers.
Bend both ends out to the side with the chain nose pliers.
Put a bend in both ends keeping the ends level.
Push a small amount of clay into the mold. You may need to adjust the amount of clay. You don't want it to extend beyond the edge and have it be sloppy.
Place the wire on the clay.Press down slightly.
Put a dot of clay over the wire ends.
Smooth the dots the best you can.Turn the mold over and gently push the back to release the clay.
Bake as directed and allow to cool.
Paint the pumpkins with glue and pour glitter on. I held the button with pliers while I glittered. It worked well.Pull through the wet glue in the creases for more depth. Allow to dry.


  1. How fun! Fabulous tut! Thanks for sharing all of your wonderful ideas this month. xxD

  2. Fantastic project. Thank you for the ideas and especially the tutorials. Thanks for sharing a part of you and your art.

  3. What I learned from your super explanation is how to get that fitting bent to stay in the button. Wonderful! And tiny!

  4. Awesome buttons!!!
    Thanks for the fabulous tutorial!!

  5. your pumpkin buttons are great
    hugs xxx

  6. I love anything that sparkles! Thanks for the tips and tricks of button making. I can see some glitter skull buttons in my future!

  7. Fab project. Thanks for the tutorial.

  8. So much fun, those are fabulous! Thanks for the tutorial!

  9. What a fun project! Never would have thought to make my own buttons.

  10. Glittery pumpkin buttons are so cute!

  11. Fabby pumpkin buttons, thanks for sharing how you made them
    Lindsay xx