Making Polymer Clay Buttons for Handmade Items

Skill Level


Required Skills:

  • None

Class Schedule

3 Hours


    Often we spend a great deal of time and effort into producing a unique handmade item only to become frustrated because we cannot find buttons that add to the design. This class will teach you how to make your own buttons that will complete your handmade item.


    Registration Fee $25
    Materials Fee $5

    Materials Fee includes: Button backs and findings. Several pasta machines for students to use in class. Basic Clay Packs (Red, Yellow, Blue, Black, Purple) are available for an additional $12 materials fee.

    Students to Bring

    • Polymer Clay: three or four 2 ounce bars in colors to match/compliment the project the buttons will be for. Sculpy Premo works best.
    • Pasta machine for rolling out clay, if you already have one.

    Instructor Bio

    Rhonda Altman is a retired nurse who enjoys mixed media. With a background in Home Health she found herself in unusual situations requiring creative solutions as the traditional methods did not meet her patients’ needs. She applies this same thought process to her students. A basic understanding of the media is necessary, but personal creativity is important.

    A Maine native, she reflects traditional processes while incorporating new techniques that include her knowledge of spinning, dyeing and weaving. She believes that blending the old with the new is vital to pass onto the next generation.

    Rhonda has been featured in “Polymer Clay Café” magazine and previously taught at FTWG conference, OAPCG Fandango, and Fiber Collage of Maine. Her classes always include color, whimsy, learning and laughter.


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