Fused Glass Buttons

Fused glass buttons can be accomplished in several different ways.

These sewing buttons are very effortless to design and accomplish.

Glass buttons can be used on a homemade or purchased sweater or blouse as a clothing button.

Make a few for a baby sweater and add a name to make personalized buttons.

Fused glass buttons can be enormously enjoyable and creative to make out of fused glass.

They can be a functional or decorative added embellishment for any garment.

Make them with drilled holes, or glue on a purchased or homemade shank.

Because they are made out of fused glass, they will be strong and thick enough to be used without fear of them breaking.

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Purchase small jewelry molds to fill with frit and turn them into one of a kind buttons.

If you are into making molds, use old buttons to press in ceramic clay to make an impression that can be filled with glass frit.

This mold can be then fused until the glass melts and molds to the form shape.

Drill holes where desired and sew onto clothing.

When you clean the garment, remove the fused glass buttons.

Button backs can be attached to the back of the button with glue.

Basic Button Materials

  • Designated color glass
  • Decorating pieces
  • Glass cleaner
  • Kiln
  • Prepared kiln shelf
  • Protective glasses
  • Directions

    1. Determine how many buttons you are going to make and the size needed.

    2. Cut out determined size.

    3. Sponge down with dish soap and rinse in clear water or employ glass cleaner to take away all markings and residue. Use a lint free towel to dry the objects.

    4. Use rods, stringers, frit, confetti or any other glass to decorate the piece.

    4. Put together the pieces on an all set up kiln ledge and place the shelf within the unit. At all times hold the glass by the side to prevent fingerprints.

    5. Shut the top or door. Activate the kiln.

    6. Monitor the job at approximately 1325 degrees Fahrenheit. While glancing at your fused glass have on glasses with IR and UV shield.

    7. When the piece possesses your required appearance, shut down and unplug the kiln. If the unit is built with thick fire bricks, you can permit it to cool down on its own. On the other hand if it is made with ceramic fiber, the kiln must be kept on and checked so that it doesn’t cool down more than approximately 300 degrees Fahrenheit an hour.

    8. When the temperature goes down below 100 degrees Fahrenheit, the oven can be opened.

    9. As soon as the project has cooled to room temperature, add a brooch back. Hold on the brooch back with a two part epoxy.

    Gluing Button Shank

  • Two part Epoxy/Glue
  • Button shank
  • Using your selected glue, attach the button shank to the back of the fused pieces.

    Make sure that the shank is centered and allow the piece to set up completely before attaching the button to any garment.

    Drilling a Hole

  • Permanent Marker
  • Safety glasses
  • Electric drill, Dremel, or glass drill
  • Diamond core drill bit
  • Water
  • Shallow pan/tray or clay/wax
  • Block of wood or piece of Styrofoam
  • Lint free towel
  • Directions:

    Use the permanent marker to indicate on the glass where the holes are to be drilled.

    Place small the block of wood or Styrofoam piece inside a shallow pan or tray to help cushion the drill as it exits the glass. This will also prevent drilling a hole in the container.

    Lay the fused glass piece on top of the Styrofoam piece.

    Fill tray with some water.

    The water should just cover the piece of glass.

    Attach the diamond core drill bit to the drill.

    Drill the holes in the glass. See Drilling a Hole for more information.

    Remove the fused glass piece and dry with a lint free towel.

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