This tutorial blog hop is brought to you by STITCHED - online video workshops with over 20 projects using fabric and stitch in innovative ways. This is one of the stops on our spring Tutorial Blog Hop...be sure to visit the rest of the links below for all the free goodies!
I'll be giving away my paper button bracelet cuff (pictured below) on March 30, 2012. Cindy of Guilt and Orangery--you're the winner!
Paper buttons are a riff on paper beads, which I have been making for many years. You can find full instructions for paper beads in Stitch Alchemy. You can use your paper buttons on jewelry like bracelets (glued on with e-6000), fabric necklaces (stitched and beaded on ribbon), and mini quilts like my small house quilt (stitched and beaded onto the quilt top).
The basic instructions are detailed below and I've included a brief video demonstration so you can better see the actual process of embossing the buttons.
First, gather some supplies:
-old book text
-boss gloss (embossing fluid or stamp pad)
-opt. gold/silver and other colors UTEE
Begin by glueing three sheets of book text together. Then trim off the edges outside the text--you don't need this part.
Decide what size circles you want for your buttons and cut them out of the text sheet. I freehand cut my circles, but you can use a circle cutter if you'd like! Cut a bunch all at once.
Get out your markers and color the circles fanciful and spritely colors. I'm using art markers, but you can get creative here. Watercolor, crayons and the like should work.
Now, hold the coated button in front of a heat gun or embossing gun until the UTEE melts...then quickly redip it in enamel and heat it again. The second layer of embossing enamel melts into the second layer to form a nice, thick coating of gloss. There is a foil pan underneath my heat gun, to catch all the extra UTEE that goes flying and to capture any drips. Don't overheat the button or the UTEE will begin to bubble up and drip off. Just heat it enough to melt the beads of enamel. If you'd like, you can roll the edges in gold or silver UTEE and reheat briefly. Typically I work with at least two at a time. I set one aside to cool while I am melting the next. Let your button cool for few minutes, then pop it off the end of the skewer. Voila!
When you're done making your beads, clean them off with a soft cloth and snip off any rough edges in the center.
Here are the rest of the STITCHED blog hop tutorials. They are each available after the date posted. Happy Spring! Kelli
March 1st: Deborah http://deborahsjournal.
March 6th: Jackie
March 8th: Mollie http://www.wildolive.
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March 13th: Cindy Caraway http://
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March 15th: Jennifer http://sewhooked.com/2012/03/
March 20th: Kelli http://ephemeralalchemy.
March 22nd: Tracie http://www.
March 27th: Alma http://www.almastoller.
March 29th: Ann Tucker http://thelavendartree.