Clay bead moulds buttons and Christmas decorations

I need to make a few more Christmas decorations as they go fast, so while I had the clay out I thought about making for an event in February. It’s a Craft Kits event, and I will be supplying beads and buttons. I also need to stock up my shop with ceramic beads and introduce buttons.

I haven’t done an event like this before so I need to get busy making.  I’ve made a few bead moulds, I had a problem with my buttons sticking, flouring the button didn’t help that much, so taking an approach from baking I floured the clay, just like pastry, and this was much more successful. They weren’t drying fast enough in the studio so I brought them indoors. Being impatient has it’s costs as some have cracked. I found the little squashed clay balls worked better than rolled out clay which cracked more.



I love making new things, and I’m looking forward to chilling over the Christmas holidays making beads and buttons. Now I’m off to design some button cards using my Cameo.

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8 thoughts on “Clay bead moulds buttons and Christmas decorations

  1. Veronica Roth

    I love the decorations Jill, love them to pieces! Will they be in the shop? I’d love to buy some. 😀

    1. eganj1 Post author

      Hi Veronica, these need firing but I have some finished ones to list on Etsy today. I should be firing these later this week so if you prefer them let me know

      1. Veronica Roth

        I was wondering if you can make them white, or with a colourless glaze. I don’t know much about firing clay, so if not then that’s perfectly fine, I love the silvery glaze too. 🙂

      2. eganj1 Post author

        Hi Veronica
        I have them in the kiln now, also I’ve listed some of what I have in my Etsy shop. I’ve a code for 20% discount XMASSALE12.
        I will post the others once fired

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