06-Made in Home buttons
You can certainly find a good assortment of buttons for your dolls on the market, but as usual, I recycle as much as I can. So I do make my own buttons too. Here is the way I make them.
Tools - I bought this tools box years ago at "Michael". Since I added several punch's tips.
You need a sturdy wooden block, that you can used to punch on without ruining your work surface.
Material - plastic plastic plastic everywhere, and we can find it in all colors . I buy dish soap, shampoo, gel shower, house cleaning produce, and even salad lids . I even choose some products simply for the color needed for my doll cloth. ;). some transparent container are fun too as the buttons are perfectly assorted to the fabric.
Preparation: After washing thoroughly my plastic container, I cut some flat parts out of it.
I always make several buttons during a single seance. Even when I need only 5 or 6 buttons, I punch at least 12. this way I have choice for the next project.
Production: I place one plastic piece on the wooden block, then punch it hard a couple of times.
When the punch goes through, the button often stay suck into it. I remove the plastic bit with a pin tool.
making the holes: I am using the pin tool to make the button holes, eyeballing the space.
original doll 16"
Urban Vita, from Horsman
Basil st John, from R. Tonner
Eve, from Susan Wakeen