Marbled Buttons

Q/^/^arbling is simple to do but gives versatile buttons. You can choose any toning or contrasting mixture of colours to match your garment Wood-effect buttons can be made by marbling different browns together, or you can add transparent clay instead of a colour to give translucent streaks.

MATERIALS

♦ Clay - several colours of your choice

♦ Pen top, glass marble, coin or paper clip for indenting

IRoll 3mm (%in) logs of each colour, lay them together and roll into a thinner log. Fold in half and roll again, continuing until you have a pleasing marbled effect of longitudinal streaks. Make sure you marble sufficient clay to make all your buttons at the same time because it will be difficult to match the effect. As a guide, three 10cm (4 in) lengths of 3mm (i^in) log marbled together gives enough for six 13mm {% in) buttons. ^^dftti

2Cut the marbled log into equal lengths of the size required and roll each length again to make it longer. Curl it round to tuck in the cut edges and roll into a ball. Choose the side of the marblirg you wish to have uppermost and press each ball down on the board. Follow the instructions on page 116 for making basic buttons.

Rough-textured or Granite-textured marbled buttons

These are made with the same texture as the granite beads on page 33. Marble the clay and riiake the basic round button shapes. Press a small piece of quilt wadding down on each button to give it a 'granite' texture but take care not to distort the round shape. Make holes and bake following the instructions for basic buttons (see page 116).

Surprise Buttons

These buttons are made with left-over first-stage canes from millefiori - the resulting accidental designs are always a surprise. Squash together the ends of millefiori canes to form a ball, adding any extra colours if you wish. The canes shown used white, leaf green, yellow and orange clay wrapped with black plus a few extra colours. Roll them into a fat log, about 13mm (V: in) thick. Cut off the end to square it and cut 3mm (>sin) slices. Press these on the board, texture with wadding and make the holes as on page 116. Bake for 30 minutes.

MIXTURES

MATERIALS

♦ Clay - white, blue, crimson, orange, yellow, green and violet

♦ Razor blade for slicing the canes

2 Form a 6mm ('/i in) log of light green, 5cm (2 in) long, and wrap a 1.5mm (K*in) sheet of dark green around it. Cut this into three lengthwise sections. Pile the sections on to each other, dark green sides uppermost so they nest together and look like hills. Press the hills onto the bottom of the rainbow.

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