This week I wanted to try and make a different type of button. Normally I make two-hole buttons but I wanted to make shank style buttons. I searched online for pre-made shanks. But I was feeling impatient. I wanted to make these NOW! I didn't want to have to order the shanks and then wait for them to be delivered. So I decided to use what I had and make them myself. I wasn't sure if it would work but there was only one way to find out. This is what I did.
I had this spool of 20 gauge wire on hand and thought that would work just fine. I cut 6, 1-1/2" pieces with my wire cutters, one for each button.
I centered the wire on my round nose pliers and bent each end down, forming a loop.
I then coiled each end, like this.
I placed the looped and coiled wire on what will be the back of the button. I pressed in down just slightly.
I took another, smaller circle of clay, cut a small slit in the center of it with my X-acto blade and pushed it down over the loop, covering the coiled ends of the wire.
I blended the edges of the smaller circle into the back of the button. I then textured the whole back to seamlessly join the two circles of clay together.
After doing this for all 6 buttons, I cured them in the oven for about 30 minutes. After sanding and polishing, here they are!
I am really pleased with the way they turned out. They appear to be very sturdy, which was my biggest worry. So I think I will make more of this type of button. In fact, I already have an idea for my next set!