Craft Sabbatical: Gay Clay Buttons!


I heart buttons!

They make me so happy. I can’t really explain why, but they do.

At our wedding, while some people have a unity candle, the HB and I had unity buttons. I had a jar of white and he a jar of black and we mixed them together, showing our lives mixing together but still keeping our uniqueness.

My great-grandmother and my grandmother are also button lovers. Maybe it runs in the family. Yes, buttons are in my genes. They are a part of my heritage, my marriage, my life.

When perusing the craft store, dragging along my wonderful Mr. Brian, I always reward him with a treat for being such a sweet husband and playing along like he has a good time picking out craft paper and markers. Normally he chooses a piece of old-fashioned candy such as root beer drops or mallow cups, but our last trip was different.

He picked out his own craft!

He – on his own volition – chose clay. He wanted to make buttons or beads with me out of clay!

I think I need to take him to Home Depot ASAP.

Is this not the sweetest gesture a man could make to his wife? My heart melted like a pile of hershey kisses in a 5-year-old’s pocket.

He chose the colors and we checked out. Last night, we both had the night off so we made buttons.

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Our Clay Buttons

3 colors of clay
exacto blades to cut with
shot glasses for rolling pins
rubber stamps for texture
a button for modeling size
something with a good size tip to put holes in your buttons
thin wire to cut the clay with


Cut the clay into pieces and knead in your hand to get plyable. Get creative!

Here are some random techniques we tried.

Roll layers together and then cut out slices.

Make spaghetti strings of clay and lay them into a plaid pattern.

Then roll it flat with a shot glass. I chose glass because I was afraid to dye my wood rolling pin. And the shot glass was easier to handle for such small pieces.

Slice up a clay worm for perfect tiny circles.

Brian grabbed an ink pad and stamped a couple. The ink baked in and didn’t wash off after we baked them. They turned out great.

Cut clay into your button size and punch out the desired amount of holes. Lay clay cutouts on parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Depending on the manufactures directions for the clay, this part may differ. We baked our buttons for about 25 minutes at 275 degrees. They shouldn’t change at all, except they will harden, so make sure you really like them before you bake them.

Now, go button up!