This soldered button flowers idea is inspired by spring! We’ve been sprucing up our front and back patio area and I’ve been making plant pokes like crazy! Plant pokes are fabulous because they are like jewelry for your garden, right? I thought this would make a great tutorial for my “Torchbearer” Bernzomatic post this month.
I dipped into my button stash and found all kinds of large ceramic buttons and used them as the base. You could also use wood, metal, even plastic.
Bernzomatic ST2200 Micro torch
Bernzomatic Solder, Flux
Protective gloves and goggles
Heat resistant surface ( I use a kiln shelf)
Wire cutters, pliers
Clean your button free of dust and debris.
Line up the copper tape to go all around the edge of the button and so it evenly overlaps on both sides. You may need a wider copper tape if you are using a thick button. Or two layers of thinner copper tape.
Burnish the edges, front and back. The goal is to get that tape flush with the surface of the button. This will make for a smooth soldered look.
Coat the tape with the flux, evenly.
Put on the gloves and goggles.
Now it’s time to use the Bernzomatic micro torch! I now own three of these. One for traveling, one for my studio and one because sometimes I’ll have a friend over who wants to use it too. I love this tool because it’s so lightweight and you can use it as a mini heat gun, a soldering iron or a micro torch!
Read the torch’s directions to ignite it. Make sure to keep the vent hole up and away from you. Once the tool is heated, touch it to the solder wire until it melts and then drag it all along the copper tape. Use the clamps to prop the button upright to make it easier to solder.
Now comes the fun part! Let’s make the pedals!
Cut equal pieces of the solder wire.
Use the top of a can to shape them into a half circle.
Place the button face down and set the petals all around. Make sure to do this on a heat resistant surface.
Use the soldering technique I shared above to solder the petals all around the button.
Let cool and wipe clean of debris.
Glue a skewer to the back, or even solder it at the bottom of the button flower. I wish I had thought of that before I soldered on all the petals. You can leave it as a button, maybe use the holes to add a charm, or glue a centerpiece design in the middle like I did. I have a lot of ceramic knickknacks I made that I keep and I used one for this.
LOVE!!! I can’t wait to make more of these soldered button flowers to give as gifts. Think of the possibilities!
You can even use a chasing hammer to texturize the petals.
Add color by adding inlays inside the petals.
Thanks for checking out my soldered button flowers project!
From the Bernzomatic site:
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