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Make your own fabric buttons from epoxy resin

I discovered by chance that many buttons are made of epoxy resin. When I was able to buy a silicone mold for buttons on the ItsOkay site, I immediately knew that I wanted to make my own designed buttons for my clothing. This way I have the perfect match, but it is also great fun to make beautiful buttons yourself!

Hi, nice that you read this manual! My name is Karin. Besides making jewelry with epoxy resin, I really enjoy making my own clothes. You can read all about that on my blog karinkay.nl .

self-made fabric buttons


Supplies:

- Epoxy resin 1:1 or UV Resin
- Silicone mold buttons

Possibly:
- Pigments (colors), glitter , decoration as desired
- Gloves
- Mixing spatulas and cocktail sticks
- Mixing cup
- Lighter or heat tool
- Kitchen paper and cotton swabs to prevent spills
- Clothing that can get dirty
- A well-ventilated work area

supplies make your own buttons

Step 1: Design your button

A sewing pattern usually indicates what size button you need and how many. With the silicone mold buttons from itsOkay you can make buttons of 1, 1.5, 2 and 2.5 cm. Some have a groove, others do not. I usually make more knots than I need just to be sure. This is in case something goes wrong. It is also useful if you need a spare button later. You can then sew this to the label on the inside of your garment. This way you always have a spare button in the right color and size with you.

To determine the color, I first hold the pigments and decoration near the fabric to see if it is a good match. You can vary this endlessly.

Tip: in this example I am working with the Epoxy resin 1:1 from itsOkay. This is affordable but needs to dry for 24-48 hours. I myself have several button molds, so that I can make several buttons of the same size at once. If you have to wait 24-48 hours for a button to dry each time and need 8, it's literally a week away! You can also use the Jewelry UV Epoxy Resin from itsOkay: it dries in a few minutes outside in direct sunlight or under a UV lamp.

Step 2: Mixing the epoxy resin with pigments

You don't need that much epoxy resin to make buttons, 10 grams will fill an entire mold. So in this example I use the Epoxy resin 1:1. This comes with one bottle of resin and one bottle of hardener. Mix 5 grams of resin and 5 grams of hardener together. Mix it well and then let it rest for a few minutes to let the air bubbles disappear.

If you want to make multiple colors, pour some into a separate mixing cup and add the dyes and decorations. Tip: use silicone mixing cups: these are reusable and therefore friendlier to the environment.

Step 3: Add decorations or glitter

It is easiest to first stir the decorative material or/and the pigments into the cup with epoxy resin. You can also pour the epoxy resin into the mold first and then sprinkle the glitter on it, but this is less precise and the chance of spilling is greater.

Tip: the glitter will quickly sink to the bottom, i.e. to the front of the button. It sometimes seems like there isn't much glitter in it because you look at the back while making it. But when you remove the knot from the mold you will see all your glitter again. Therefore, be careful when adding glitter if you want a more subtle result.

Step 4: Pouring epoxy resin into the mold

I never actually pour the small buttons directly into the mold, but drip this very carefully into the mold with an ice cream stick. With a cocktail stick you can move the glitter back and forth a bit.

Once the mold is filled, you can run a lighter or other heat tool over the epoxy resin and pop the air bubbles. Do this very briefly and carefully. The mold is sensitive to heat and can melt to your project if exposed for too long. Cover the mold with the buttons so that no dust can fall into it. I use a large box lid that I carefully slide over it. And then it's time to wait!

silicone mold buttons

Step 5: Remove buttons from the mold

Especially the small knots are hard enough to remove from the mold after 24 hours. Do this carefully so that you don't bend them. It's best to just wait 48 hours. If you are bothered by rough edges, you can cut them away with pliers or scissors.

I have noticed that on the buttons with four holes the epoxy resin hangs a little more in the middle (between the four small protrusions). If you also have this problem and your knot is bulging, you can also touch it up with a potato peeler.

self-made buttons

Step 5: Sew the buttons to your clothing

Now it's time to add your homemade epoxy resin buttons to your clothes! I am a fan of the sewing machine foot that allows you to attach buttons with your machine. Of course you can also fasten the buttons with a needle and thread. Below are a few examples of my homemade clothes with homemade buttons!

Thank you for reading this guide, I hope you found it useful. Love Karin

Do you have any questions or are you running into something? Please contact the customer service from itsOkay or take a look at it Information Center .

self-made fabric buttons


Do you want to make this too?

- Epoxy resin 1:1 or UV Resin
- Silicone mold buttons
- Pigments , glitter , decoration as desired
- Gloves

More information?

Do you have questions about making art, jewelry or casting/coating floors or other objects? Several people work at itsOkay epoxy experts each with their own expertise. We are happy to help you.
Please contact the customer service from itsOkay or take a look at it Epoxy knowledge center .

Comments

  • Wat leuk dat je weer het knopen maken hebt ontdekt. Ik heb op een knopen fabriek gewerkt. 50 jaar geleden. Bij ons werden ze gemaakt van of platen. Daar werden ze uit gezaagd. Of staven. En werden ze in plakjes gezaagd. Dat hete rondellen. Een machine met meerde beiteltjes. En boortjes maakte de knoop. Dan gingen ze naar de trommel kamer. Met was korrels. Om de scherpte er af te halen. Dan werden ze verdeeld over de thuis werkers. Die ze op kaartjes naaide Ook waren er knopen die met de hand geboortd werden. Ook waren er die geglanst werden. Of op kleur gespoten. De fabriek bestaat al lang niet meer. Ik heb er gewerkt van mijn 15 tot 17 jaar. En toch was het super leuk werk. En als ik nu lees. Denk ik weer terug.

    TO

    ton

  • 📍 Beste Barbara, bedankt voor je reactie. Zie het antwoord van Karin: wassen op 30 graden zou geen probleem moeten zijn. 📍 Beste Karin, bedankt voor je reactie op de vraag van Barbara! Gr, Stefanie, team itsokay

    KL

    Klantenservice Itsokay

  • Hi Barbara, zelf was ik de kleding met zelfgemaakte knopen op 30 graden, en dat heeft nog nooit problemen opgeleverd.

    KA

    Karin

  • op wel temperatuur moet wassen .

    BA

    Barbara

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