Saturday, May 17, 2014

DIY Watermelon Buttons with Polymer Clay



I suppose I have moved on from Spring-themed crafts and moved right into Summer :) And nothing screams Summer more than watermelon! Here is a tutorial on how to make your own Watermelon Buttons using polymer clay. These would be a fun embellishment on a clip, headband, crochet hat, charm bracelet or could even be used as a magnet, pin, and more!

Materials:
- Polymer Clay in red (or pink), white, green, and black.
- Clay tools OR you could improvise and use a toothpick/knife/razor blade/etc.
- Sculpey Gloss Glaze (and paintbrush)


Take a big piece of your red (or pink) clay and make a thick flat circle. 
My circle was about an inch or so wide and I used about half of the block of clay.


Poke holes around the edge of your circle like the picture below. 
If you don't have clay tools you can use a toothpick.


Role black clay into a skinny coil and stick through each of the holes. Pinch off excess coil.


Next you will make a flat coil with your white clay and wrap it around your red circle.


Do the same with your green clay. The green strip can be skinner than the white.


Now start pinching and pulling your ball until it's a longer log. You want to avoid rolling it. Rolling will cause the colors to swirl.


Take a razor blade or knife and cut off the end. Then cut slices that are about a quarter inch thick.


You can leave the watermelon as a circle or cut them in half for a half slice. You can even go one step further and cut them into fourths to make triangle slices! I thought of that AFTER I had already baked mine :(


Don't forget to poke two button holes! I did leave some without holes thinking I could use those for magnets or just hot glue them onto a clip. Bake them in the oven at 275 degrees for 15 minutes. 


When cooled, paint on a coat of gloss glaze.


When fully dry (about 24 hours) put them to use!



I attached one to a crochet flower headband. Here is the pattern I used:

Crochet Flower Headband
Use size F crochet hook and worsted weight yarn

Magic Ring, chain 1 and make 6 SC in ring, join to first SC, chain 1
Round 2: 2 SC in each stitch around, join to first SC (12 SC )
Round 3: Chain 6, *TR in 3rd chain from hook, DC, HDC, SC in last chain, skip one stitch from round 3 and join to next stitch with a Sl St, chain 6, repeat from * around until you have 6 petals.
Round 5: SC around each petal, making a Sl St in the previous slip stitches (between each petal).
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Loosely crochet a chain that will fit around head. Mine was about 55 chains for my 8 month old. Tie chain ends together. Sew button onto the center of the flower and sew flower onto the chain.

Now sit back and admire the cuteness :)

*** You may make and sell products from my patterns but if you do I ask that you link back to my post. Please do not copy and post this pattern and claim it as your own. Please do not re-publish photos as your own.***

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6 comments:

  1. So cute and so creative, thanks for the share :)

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  2. So adorable! I have never done this technique (Polymer clay) but it seems easy enough when I read through the tutorials. I am tempted to try it. ;-) Thanks again!

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  3. You make this clay sound so easy!! Summer break starts next week, I think I might try a new craft!!

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  4. So super cute. My daughter would love this. What a fun summer craft for us... thanks for sharing!

    Angie
    www.gazzu.etsy.com

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  5. Sooo adorable! The watermelon would make a cute earring too!

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