On a recent trip to Hobby Craft I came across Fimo which is a polymer clay. I have never used this product before but after studying ceramics at art college I thought I’d give it ago. For this tutorial I have decided to make some nautical anchor buttons for my navy cardigan.
I’ve always had a love for buttons and have them stored in tins and jars around the home.
For this tutorial you will need: Fimo, sculpting tools, a round cutter or stencil, a plastic rolling pin, a needle, a craft knife, a board to lean on and a plastic sheet to roll you Fimo out onto.
I chose white Fimo for my buttons as they will stand out on my navy cardigan, you can used what ever colour you like.
Because Fimo is new to me I don’t have all the correct tools for the craft… I ended up using a deodorant can as my rolling pin!
I used a round stencil for the outline of my buttons. You can use a round cutter or make your own stencil by using a piece of card and a protractor.
You will then need to cut out your buttons with a craft knife if you don’t have a round cutter.
You’ll need to repeat this for however many buttons you need.
To make the anchor shape, I used a large needle to make the holes. I then placed them onto a tin foiled lined baking tray and placed them in the oven for 30 minutes on 130 C.
This button is fresh out of the oven!
I used navy thread to sew my buttons on.
This is my finished cardigan, I’m really pleased with the finished result. I will definitely be making more Fimo buttons in the future.
Here is a close up of my finished nautical anchor button. I hope you have fun making yours!