A friend donated to me a large box of buttons, many quite old and interesting.
When sifting through them one day I began looking closer at some of the designs and thought they would look good stamped into clay.
1. I cut a 1/4" dowel into 4 inch lengths (I used a garden trimmer in an unprofessional manner) it would be better to saw them neatly, or have your favorite handyman do it for you. Perhaps if you bought the dowel at Lowe's of Home Depot a kind helper there might cut them for you.
2. After smoothing the ends some what, I used a strong glue E6000 to attach a button to each end of the dowel.
Allow to dry at least overnight.
Stamp into conditioned clay!