MiGi handmade

Button Up Baby!

Michael and Annalea6 Comments

I can't exactly remember the first time I encountered anything made with salt dough. I have a vague memory of being with my aunt at some sort of community center when I was a kid and she was taking a class where it was used to make things like woven bread bowls and precious moments-like naked people; garlic presses used to make hair for them from the dough. Everything got baked, er....um.... burnt, and then it was all coated with heavy layers of shellac. I think I tried to eat it .

Needless to say, this humble little dough has come a long way since then in it's ways to be transformed. This past December, I used it to make some little ornaments for our tree and just recently, I decided to make some more and turn it into buttons!

I made up a batch of salt dough, gathered up a couple of little cookie cutters, some burlap and a little button I had in my stash. I used these last two items to give a bit of pattern to my buttons. If you make these (or anything else with sd that you want to stamp) be sure to stamp your pattern into the dough before you cut it.

After they were stamped, I used a large paper clip to make the holes then cut them out. I baked them at 170 degrees for an hour then let them air dry for a couple of days. Once they were dry, I sanded off any rough bits and started painting them. I used two colors of acrylic paint; the base coat I just rubbed on with my finger and then once that was dry, I added a little water to the other color, brushed it over the entire button then wiped some off so that the base color would show through. Once that was dry, I finished them off with a coat of fast drying clear nail polish. I know...I'm high tech over here.

I'm not exactly sure what I'm going to do with these little pretties just yet; I'm thinking about a fastening for a hand knitted wrap bracelet I'm working on or as a little somethin' somethin' on my packaging when someone purchases something from my shop. Oh yeah....I'm getting ready to launch my online store. Crazy right? Cool though. And super exciting! Keep a weathered eye...

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