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    This is a rather silly question, but does anybody have a good technique for carving buttons? I frequently have difficulty making them round and also making them all the same size. Sometimes, I pop them out. Any suggestions other than the obvious -- practice??? Thanks

  • #2
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    For small buttons, I use a nail set. Just push down and it will leave the imprint, then you can carve around it if you want. For larger ones I use a leather punch, the hollow kind. I would imagin eye punches would work also.

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    • #3
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      or you can work in reverse using a drill bit...gives the illusion of buttons :
      "Lif iz lik a box "o" choc lets, ya nevr kno whut yull git!"

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      • #4
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        In the current issue Carving Magazine, Old Don used a tool to make Santa's buttons. I forget if he said what it's called but it's basicaly a round gouge that he used like a nail set.

        mikeg
        Mike B

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        • #5
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          a hollow punch will do the trick to make the circle, but remember to rock it a little before pulling it out of the wood otherwise you risk the chance of taking the plug out and only having a hole (learnd from experience!)

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          • #6
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            I like to use finish nails. I pound on the point and drive in the nail head. The nail head has a concave surface and it gives the nice round effect. There are so many sizes of finish nails that you can always find one that fits your carving and it is a lot less expensive than a nail punch or eye gouge.

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            • #7
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              For larger carvings, I use an eye punch or a leather punch. I am careful not to push too deep with the punches as already explained by others.

              For smaller carvings (which is what I do most often), I use a knife to cut out the button 'manually'. I do this with a series of 4 small triangles around the area where I want the button to be. I most often leave the corners - but sometimes will try to round the button a little. The key is having the little triangle holes to give the illusion that the button is separate from the shirt.

              On the minatures, I just do one small triangle to simulate the button more with a hole than an actual separate piece.

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              • #8
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                My 2 cents worth, or what its worth...

                from a hobbie shop localy, i bought pin tubing, you can get it in verious sizes. of brass tubing, from where only a straight pin will fit in, to 1/2 inch,,

                i cut off a small length and fit a piece of dowell on the end for a handle and use it like a palm push chizzle..

                if your hobbie shop dont have pin tubing... in emergency i have use the brass type ink refill for a ball point pin,, scripto brand is usualy 1/8th inch... or light house for the blind products..

                just another cheap idea,,

                i didnt know there was such a thing as an eye gouge.. ?? :P except in wrestling...ha

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                • #9
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                  they have two different types of eye gouges, oval and round and about $35 a set of 4 if I remember right...have looked at them, but 35.00 will buy something else I want more :P
                  "Lif iz lik a box "o" choc lets, ya nevr kno whut yull git!"

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                  • #10
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                    Once you have made your button, by what ever method you choose from above, be sure to take your knife and cut in a small wedge to represent the 'botton hole' sticking out the edge past the button.

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                    • #11
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                      Dave check Harbor Freight.com I think I paid about $5 for a set of 6.

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                      • #12
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                        use your number 9 gouges...any size[glow=red,2,300][/glow][glow=red,2,300][/glow]
                        they make a circle....
                        just remember to cut with an outward motion.....if you go in on both sides they just pot out
                        e-mail me and I will send you a photo..step by step
                        Havea nice day
                        Will

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                        • #13
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                          You guys are great! Thanks for all the great ideas!!! Now, we have to take a poll

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