I started with making some covered buttons.
|3.7.1 covered buttons|
At this point I ran out of ideas and motivation and couldn't think of anything interesting I could do with covering buttons. Perhaps some inspiration will strike at a later time!
I went on to making the toggle buttons. This is seriously addictive. Every one was a surprise as it is impossible to predict exactly how the material will behave when heated. As soon as I saw one result I had to start on another. I wrapped some beads around a metal skewer, and then went out to the patio to do the heat gun and soldering iron bit. After the recent damage done to my liver by antibiotics, I am now very aware of toxins around me, so preferred to work outside so as to avoid inhaling fumes. I had to wait for dry weather to do this and had to work in short bursts, with frequent breaks to thaw out indoors with some hot tea!
|3.7.7 My collection of toggles (so far)|
|3.7.8 Simply layers of fabric wrapped and heated with a heat gun, some wrapped with thread or a contrasting strip of acrylic felt.|
|3.7.9 different shapes of acrylic felt, some wrapped with thread which partly melted|
|3.7.10 layered fabrics wrapped, bound with thread, heated with a heat gun and then incised with a soldering iron|
3.7.11 two small Dorset buttons