In this chapter I looked at making samples of 3D shapes which would make potential buttons and help me construct my own designed shapes later. I selected a range of core shapes for my buttons and then fabrics with which to cover them
I also made some Dorset Buttons and whilst looking at traditional methods also had fun experimenting and with more unusual techniques.
In the third part of this chapter I had fun with toggles and playing with many different types of fabric and meltable materials [always wonderful]!
Simple button making first:
And the results:
Then Dorset buttons:
Really enjoyed this and had fun stretching the boundaries!
Really liked these against some hand dyed fabric and because all the fabrics involved in making these are from the same dye batch the colour combinations are a joy.
Toggles made from ‘meltable’ materials:
I have photographed these pre-melting to demonstrate the changes the materials undergo, the first photo in each of these 3 sets are therefore taken prior to melting. The page numbers correspond with the text on the page above:
Combination of layered materials some meltable and some not which are then zapped with a heat gun
Layers of meltable materials [Tyvek and metallic threads] exposed to a heat gun:
Layers of Tyvek and nylon or synthetic fabrics pressed with the tip of a soldering iron:
Time spent - approx 21 hours
Expenditure - Soldering iron [£23.50] and Bondaweb 1 metre [£4.75] both from Art Van Go