Fran Harkes - Buttons by McAnaraks
My name is Fran Harkes and I live in the Highlands of Scotland.
I have been earning my living by selling the things I make for 25 years. I buy 2nd hand clothing from charity shops and customise them, or "jazz" them up, using pieces from my large fabric collection. I love fabric. I sell the clothing at craft shows in the UK. I also make buttons along with my partner Steve. The buttons are made from polyester resin which is a liquid polymer that hardens when combined with a catalyst.
After the two are combined you have about 20 minutes to pour it into moulds before it starts setting.
This is a very messy and smelly process which requires the use of breathing apparatus and lots and lots of disposable rubber gloves - so I let Steve do all that side of it out in the garden shed.
I stay in the warmth of our indoor workshop and do the arty bits - I decorate the buttons, each one freehand, which makes them all different.
I really enjoy making the buttons, they have to be left to set overnight and it is a treat emptying the moulds in the morning. I also make "art ribbon" from my extensive collection of fabric and yarn, I sell it by the meter.
You can use it in your own artwork on bags, cushion, clothing, mixed media - anything you want! I will offer 15% off everything in my Etsy shop for one week from 25th June until 2nd July. Please use code FBFBB
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