This is a Patricia Kimle knock-off from her recent article in step-by-step beads magazine. I loved the idea of buying buttons from the fabric store & making molds with them to create your own clay beads. I used the same buttons she used in her article on the necklace, but picked up about 30 more kinds to experiment with during a 50% off sale at JoAnns. What can I say, I have a weakness for craft supplies. See earrings for another example of the same technique with a different pattern. (There are more pics if you click on the full post.)
Here are the basic instructions:
Mix 1/4 package of white clay with 3/4 package of translucent. Roll a small ball of clay & press it between two molds to create your bead. Bake it in the oven, then glaze the bead with a mixture of alcohol inks, liquid sculpey, & clay softener. Throw it in the oven for another 15 minutes, then add some Future floor finish to the top to make it look like ceramic. Very easy to make & endless possibilities. Next time you’re in the fabric store…take a look in the button section! You might be inspired to make a creation of your own.