It has been an absolutely amazing first year at Esme's Buttons. We began last February with no prior knowledge of polymer clay. We were googling to see if there was a type of clay that you could fire without a kiln, and up popped polymer clay. The rest, as they say, is history.
So, to celebrate our first birthday on Saturday we are having a special Birthday Giveaway. To enter, you have to find the pinned post on our FB page (www.facebook.com/esmesbuttons) and the instructions are all there. The prize is anything that takes your fancy from either our FB albums or our online shop here on the website.
Good luck peeps. We'll be raising a glass of bubbly here at EBHQ and looking forward to our 2nd year.xx
Weeks #6 and #7 of the "52 Weekly Cane Projects" saw us making animal canes. We have attempted giraffe, zebra, leopard and tiger with mixed results, but lots of fun along the way!
The Stroppel cane (named for its inventor Alice Stroppel) is amazing. Pics below show the development from the cane itself to the buttons we made from it.
We have decreed that 2014 will be the Year of the Cane!! It's almost our first anniversary, and we've decided to introduce more kinds of designs into our repertoire! First off we've learned how to make kaleidoscope canes, mosaic canes and retro canes. These make for a longer but very satisfying process. First you make the cane. Then you take slices from the cane for the buttons. Then you edge the buttons. After they are cured, the buttons need sanding with four different grades of sandpaper (400, 600, 800 and 1000) and finally buffed with white denim.
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