Mari O’Dell offered us sunshine and smiles (and a break from too much seriousness) with her selection of caned and sculpted polymer buttons.

In addition to selling them for sewing onto clothing for fashion accents, Mari ties buttons onto flipflops using waxed linen cord.

Mari’s a big fan of extrusion and most of her 3D elements are made using the dies offered by Polymer Clay Express.Β Here’s a snapshot of her workspace that’s always adorned with flowers and inspiration.

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  • reply maureen carlson ,

    Ah. Breathing peace. Being beauty in the world. Calm. That’s where I am when I look at Mari’s workspace. Such presence!

    • reply Iris Mishly ,

      So fun and full of summer energy πŸ™‚
      I wear flipflops 3/4 of the year so this is a great variation to any outfit, and the colorful buttons makes me miss my craft fairs days (a bit)…
      Thank you Cynthia!

      • reply Anita Brandon ,

        Love the beautiful and graceful buttons; love the calm and centered workspace.

        • reply Alice Stroppel ,

          If only my workspace looked like this at retreats…sigh…and all while she’s creating such lively fun. The flip flops are too cute Mari.

          • reply Nevenka Sabo ,

            Love, love, lovely! I adore flipflops so I may make some for me.
            Wonderful idea. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

            • reply Trina Williams ,

              Too cool. I am off to put some of MY buttons on my favorite FlipFlops!

              • reply Carolyn Good ,

                The buttons she makes are adorable. I never saw those extruder dies before. Amazing idea.

                By the way, I posted a free tutorial on my blog last spring on how to attach buttons to flip flops. I decorated all my pairs and are fun to wear.

                • reply Selma ,

                  Wow!!! Buttons are really amazing! This summer I will make it for my self πŸ™‚ Such wonderful idea!!!

                  • reply Wendy Moore ,

                    In Australia we call flip-flops thongs but I can see why “Thong Buttons” might seem like gilding the lily. Or just really wrong. As great thong, I mean flip flop wearers in Oz, the idea is a good one. And as for the other thongs….you know, it could take on….
                    I love on Mari’s site where she lists the activities she does to avoid house cleaning. The only sensible way really. Thanks for sharing this Cynthia. Post more photos of work spaces please!

                    • reply Shirali Patel Woolfrey ,

                      What a fantastic Idea of buttons using extruder!!! At that work space looks Wonderful!

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