Wednesday, 28 July 2010
Who knew? Print on black fabric using pretty much undiluted Opaque Medium, and it shows up!
Other things I've learned so far about covering buttons by hand without a button press:
big buttons are easier than small ones;
long fingernails are an advantage, up to a certain level of pain;
after that, use a pair of tweezers to push the fabric under the teeth of the button;
the shiny metal of the button will show through stretched fabric, so put a circle of interfacing over the button first;
use the backing disc of the button to draw the right size circle of interfacing;
loosely-woven, pliable fabric is best;
felt should presumably be a dream to use, but printing on it is not a dream at all;
if the button will not close, give up and try again with different fabric;
using pliers to close difficult buttons is a bad idea (hollow metal dome + excessive force = dent).
Of course I made this bunch of buttons while I was supposed to be doing something else, and it would be best if I went and finished that other thing before listing these in my shop, but I will have them there soon.