Domed Penny Buttons
EPBOT posted a tutorial on making domed penny buttons. I gave it a try and thought I’d share what I learned in the process.
The first thing I did was hammer the pennies into shape, using a doming set and a mallet. I would suggest using a heavy mallet because it does take a little oomph to get the pennies into shape. However, the new pennies are somewhat flimsy, and can at times crack:
One of these cracked on the first tap of the mallet. The other cracked when I was in the middle of shaping it. I’d suggest bringing more pennies to your project area than you plan on using.
Once you have your pennies domed, you’ll need to attach an O ring to the back of it using epoxy putty.
Make sure your are working in a well ventilated area before you start working with the putty. It has a strong smell. Also, work quickly because the putty will harden to your fingers faster than you may imagine it will. Scraping slightly hardened epoxy putty off your fingers can leave them feeling a bit raw. If you are making a lot of pennies, I’d suggest taking breaks every few pennies to clean epoxy off your fingers.
When the epoxy is dry, your buttons are complete!
Penny buttons are great for costuming military looks. EPBOT used hers on curtains, while I used mine on a cardigan sweater. What about you? Have you tried making penny buttons before? If so, what did you use them for?
I’m always on the hunt for more tutorials to try out. Do you have one you’d like to share? Please post about it in the comments or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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