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  1. Are handmade buttons worth it? I love creating handmade buttons and the fact that they are washable is a bonus. I know that many people invest in hand sewn and knitted items by choosing unique trimmimgs and accessories. The way our buttons differ, is that the patterns are made out of different blends of clay and hand cut. I refine the holes in the buttons after I have made them and then they are handpackaged.

    Handmade Buttons, Patchwork, Square ButtonsMy small buttons retail at 80p each, a customer at a recent craft fair thought that a pack of 4 buttons was 80p. I try to price my handmade buttons competitively and I know that I have received some lovely feedback on them. As a crafter, are you willing to pay a little extra for buttons which arent mass produced?

  2. I touched upon our clay days in Edinburgh, Scotland in my last post. We have clay days every three months where we welcome all levels of clayers, from beginner to intermediate/advanced. We mainly make jewellery components although along the way we have made pens and journals. Our next clay day is on July 13th.56931853_2596326003728840_4911986708674772992_n

    I am excited to announce that we have someone who is ready to host clay days in Glasgow, the first one will be on May 18th

    If you are interested in either of these events and live in Scotland, please request to join our facebook group or alternatively contact me via the website or via the British Polymer Clay Guild

  3. When we start with polymer clay, we could do with a little bit of support. Were you aware that there is a polymer clay guild in the United Kingdom? The British Polymer Clay Guild is a great support and they have various groups within the UK, I am a founder member of the Scottish group and I organise polymer clay days in Edinburgh where all levels of clayers are welcome. There are various events in the UK, there is one with Christi Freisen in May and another in October with Cara Jane Hayman, Ginger Davis Allman and Tina Mezek

    Valerie Anderson, Bedecked Beads Jewellery

    Going back in time, I attended Polymania in Bristol in March, which is always a source of inspiration to me. It is well organised, with three tutors (mainly international) to share their extensive knowledge. I came back, buzzing with ideas! There is a picture of me below, wearing a beautiful necklace which I bought from one of the tutors, Debbie Crothers The other two tutors were Olga Nicolas and Sylvie Peraud who taught us how to make the most amazing earrings





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    Debbie taught us an amazing technique, using crackle in polymer clay, above you can see the veneer I made and two items of jewellery, using her techniques