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Thread: Looking for interesting buttons.

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    Looking for interesting buttons.

    Taking a year long class and some of the blocks the instructions suggest using buttons as embellishments. They need to be flat so I can use the button attachment on my sewing machine.

    Looking for something unique. We have in our town a Hobby Lobby, Hancock's and Joann's. Whenever I see something I like - it's not a flat button.

    Any suggestions - like an online source? BTW, I'm using 30's prints for my blocks and machine appliqued flowers. Any information would be appreciated.

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    you could try making your own... i've not done it, so don't know the names of the proper types of clay. i saw some on a blog the other day and they were very pretty.
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    I like Nan's idea of making your own. I've made my own but not out of clay. At Joanne's & Hobby Lobby they sell something for kids called ShrinkyDinks. You draw your design on some type of plastic, put them in the oven and they shrink down. After they cool, I heat a nail with a lighter and poke holes to make them into buttons.
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    You could try a local thrift shop. I have found some pretty awesome vintage buttons lurking on some pretty awful old clothes at the thrift store. It is often cheaper for the whole garment than for a card of buttons at a fabric store. And are sometimes easier to get off the old garments than some of those new buttons that are wired to the cards!
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    Making clay buttons is not as easy as it sounds. I am a potter and a friend of mine made buttons from stone wear clay. You make the buttons, fire them in a kiln at very high temperatures, glaze them and then fire them again. There are certain types of clay that you can fire in your oven or air dry them but I am not sure how strong the button will be since i never worked with that tupe of clay. If it is for a wall hanging, not a problem, but for a quilt to be used and washed, I just do not know if these types of buttons would hold.
    I saw some nice buttons sold by ACMoore, the craft store. Maybe you can try there, or estate sales, garage sales, and of course the eBay. Good luck.

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    Someone posted a button source that she orders from about a week ago? The give a 10% discount for quiltingboard members. Maybe you can find her post and see if they have an online site to view buttons and order from.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    Someone posted a button source that she orders from about a week ago? The give a 10% discount for quiltingboard members. Maybe you can find her post and see if they have an online site to view buttons and order from.
    I think the site was called "lots of buttons" .. But I can not find the link. Hopefully someone will post it .. They really had lots of buttons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S View Post
    I think the site was called "lots of buttons" .. But I can not find the link. Hopefully someone will post it .. They really had lots of buttons.
    Thank you so much! I just googled it: http://www.lotsofbuttons.com

    I'm going to be ordering from them. They have exactly what I've been looking for.

    Thanks to all who responded - the forum members here are the best!

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    Quote Originally Posted by janRN View Post
    I like Nan's idea of making your own. I've made my own but not out of clay. At Joanne's & Hobby Lobby they sell something for kids called ShrinkyDinks. You draw your design on some type of plastic, put them in the oven and they shrink down. After they cool, I heat a nail with a lighter and poke holes to make them into buttons.
    I've made Shrinky Dink buttons too, but I punch holes in them before shrinking. I just use a small hole punch, the kind you see ticket-takers use sometimes.

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    I have made buttons out of fimo clay you can use any color they have or mix your own color using 2 or more colors of clay you can also paint on them you bake them in your oven at a low temperture and they are very sturdy. If you want them shiny you can put floor wax on them but for something that would be washed I would use a more durable finish

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