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Introducing Make-A-Button at People Power Press June 27 2016

We've been working hard at turning our storefront into the best Maker Space it can be! Some of our favourite new additions to the shop is our Button Bar and Make-A-Button Punch Cards!

Now whether you want to Make-A-Button or rent a machine in-store, there is a great place for you to work on your button creations. Don't worry, the kids table is still around for all of our young button enthusiasts too!

Not sure how the whole Make-A-Button thing works? That's A-Okay! Sit back, relax, and enjoy the video: Introducing Make-A-Button at People Power Press :)

 

  

          

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Customer Profile on Flake: DIY Fabric Buttons and Magnets June 21 2016

We get a lot of inquiries about making buttons using fabric instead of paper. It's totally possible, super easy, and a great way to use up fabric scraps you have kicking around!

These is a past post on our button blog that has step by step instructions as well as tips on making your own fabric buttons. That blog post can be found through this link.

Flake Accessories by Jessica Epstein

Jessica Epstein, the super talented individual behind "Flake" uses pre-loved textiles to create custom magnets, buttons, and other accessories that are adorable AND sustainable :) Just take a look at these 1" magnets! SO COOL!

magnets like these can be made with 1" peel n' stick magnet parts. Instead of using artwork printed on paper, and finished with a sheet of mylar, BOTH are replace with a single piece of scrap fabric. Some fabrics work better than others. Find out the best fabric to use here!

Jessica also creates accessories like mittens and toques out of pre-loved fabric. The accessories below are made from old sweaters and polar fleece! She also gave the 1" lockpin button the royal treatment and elevated them into gorgeous accessories of their own!

These buttons are fully functional and can be worn on their own OR placed on a hand made one of a kind toque! These 1" fabric buttons by Flake are a great example of how far creativity can take you.

Thank you for sharing your wonderful (and successful) experiment with us Jessica!

Take a peek at all the great stuff Flake has to offer :) If you've taken a chance with a button making experiment and created something AWESOME we would love to see it! Get in touch with us at info@peoplepowerpress.org or tag us on social media (links below).

 

            

 

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Custom Buttons for Fruit Loop June 14 2016

Fruit Loop is an Edmonton based grassroots collective of creative individuals who all donate their talents, resources, and energy to give something back to the community.

Founded in April 2013, Fruit Loop is designed to be more than just a typical night at the gay bar. They host local LGBTQ+ groups and businesses at each event to help raise funds and awareness and in turn, build the community one party at a time!

Since the creation of the organization in 2013, Fruit Loop has held over 23 events, and raised over $100,000 for the local LGBTQ+ community. Now THAT'S how you make a difference in the world!

Fruit Loop's custom round 1-1/4" matte finish buttons are fun, colourful, and were handed out at Edmonton Pride :) Were you one of the lucky folks who managed to get one of these awesome custom pinback buttons?

Fruit Loop isn't affiliated with any one organization, business, or venue, and they encourage you to do your part by showing up and sharing the news about Fruit Loop : )

If you want to see what Fruit Loop is all about, check them out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

 

Happy Pride Month Folks!

 

            

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Keychains 101 - Part 1: Slot Back and Versa Back Keychains June 09 2016

INTRODUCTION: CAN I MAKE A KEYCHAIN BUTTONS WITH MY HAND PRESS?

Many different sizes of ROUND buttons can be made into keychains. All that you need to make them are the right parts!

All keychians use the exact same shell and mylar that are used to make pinback buttons. The only difference is the keychain backing, and keychian closure itself.

That means that any of you out there with a Standard Hand Press, Flex1000, Flex2000, and even a Flex3000 machine are able to make keychains! You'll be good to go as long as your hand press makes standard ROUND buttons in one of the following sizes: 1", 1-1/2", 1-3/4", 2-1/4", 2-1/2", or 3".

KEYCHAIN BACKING

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The type of keychain backings available are based on the size of button your hand press makes.

1", 1-1/4", and 1-1/2" Keychains have something called a "versa back" which is a plastic backing that snaps into a collet.

The versa back can be used with either a jump ring (which is compatible with all keychain styles), or a plastic tab (which can be used with a split ring keychain only).

All of the keychain parts can be seen in the above image!

 

Below is an instructional video that walks you through all the steps of making a versa back keychain.

The other type of keychain backing is a slot back. Keychains ranging in size from 1-1/2", 1-3/4", 2-1/4", 2-1/2", and 3".

 

Here is another awesome How-To Video video! This one shows you how to make a Slot Back Keychain :)

Now that you're a pro at keychain backings, stay tuned for Keychain 101 - Part 2: Keychain Styles!

 

 

            

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People Power People: Muhammad Ali 1942 – 2016 June 07 2016

Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali died last week at the age of 74. In addition to being a boxer, Ali will be remembered as someone who proudly and unapologetically represented both his race, faith, and community. Ali took a huge risk in the 1960s when refusing to be conscripted into the US Army during the Vietnam war cost him his title and three years of his fighting career.

Explaining his refusal, Ali said:

“My conscience won’t let me go shoot my brother, or some darker people, or some poor hungry people in the mud for big powerful America,” he said at the time. “And shoot them for what? They never called me nigger, they never lynched me, they didn’t put no dogs on me, they didn’t rob me of my nationality, rape and kill my mother and father… Shoot them for what? …How can I shoot them poor people? Just take me to jail.”

After his boxing career Ali continued to engage in philanthropic and humanitarian work, becoming the UN Ambassador for Peace in 1985.

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Spotlight on SALES: 1" Buttons with Colourful Custom Collages May 31 2016

Hey there button folks!

We've got some custom 1" buttons hot off the hand press for a band called SALES. The musical duo is comprised Lauren Morgan (guitar/vocals) and Jordan Shih (guitar/programming), both supremely talented musicians and best buddies.

Collage artist and designer Alana Questell created some awesome designs that were used not only as artwork for the album, but for their custom buttons as well!

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Alana Questell

 

If you want to hear some sweet tunes from SALES, head on over to their SoundCloud or YouTube channel.

Or, if you want a little taste of what SALES is all about enjoy the below video from a 3 part series called "from 12 to 12."

This is part 1 - "vow"

 

If you're in the market for some custom band buttons or a video to go along with YOUR cool jams, take a peek at one of our newest products: Lyric Videos and Custom Button Bundles!

 

            

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The Button Bar: A Cool New Place for Button Making May 26 2016

Things are changing in the showroom!

Not only are we getting in tons of awesome products for your browsing pleasure, we now have a Button Bar.

What is The Button Bar You Ask!?

Our Button Bar is a swanky new place for you (ya, you!) to make buttons in our Toronto showroom space.

You can bring in a digital file of your design, design in-store on our online button designer, or draw your own work of art. Make-A-Button if you just want one or a few, or rent a machine by the hour. The possibilities are endless and The Button Bar is where it's at!

 

Stay tuned for more updates as our showroom continues grow and change!

 The People Power Press Button Bar! Design buttons on our online button designer, have your artwork printed, rent button machines by the hour in our Toronto shop!

            

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Introducing Recycled Rice Bag Wallets! May 12 2016

If you've been into the shop over the past few weeks, you might have noticed that our storefront has been rocking a new look.

In keeping with the theme of "new stuff," we've got some brand new products available in store and online and this is one of my very favourites :)

 

These recycled rice bag wallets are a fashion statement that you can feel good about!

Each recycled wallet is colourful, environmentally conscious, and completely unique. With plenty of place for cards, a zippered change pocket, and magnetic snap closures, they're practical too :)

Add some extra personalized pizazz with a custom button key chain or pocket mirror and you're ready to take on the town!

 

           

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Custom 1" Buttons for WSPS May 11 2016

These custom 1" buttons by Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) use lighthearted retro artwork to get across a serious subject.

From fire prevention to proper material handling, WSPS did a great job designing this set of custom 1" buttons with a message. They're cool enough to turn anyone into an advocate for workplace safety!

 

           

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Machine Tune-Ups and Maintenance Services May 10 2016

Every once in a while your trusty hand press might benefit from a bit of TLC.

People Power Press can help you keep that machine in tip-top condition with our maintenance services :) If your machine needs a little more than a simple tune-up, there is also advanced maintenance available

If you want to try to do a machine tune-up on your own, we have resources for that too! Check out this comprehensive video showing you how to maintain your machine.

 

 

Below is a checklist that's a great reference if you're attempting a tune-up on your own.  The machine diagram below will help you figure out where all of the parts are on your machine:

  • Check, lubricate and tighten top bolts & shim - silicon spray
  • Check Lubricate and tighten handle - silicon spray
  • Lubricate beveled edge on crimp die - silicon stick
  • Lubricate top die - silicon stick
  • Lubricate between die table and base plate - lithium grease
  • Check and tighten brass bolts and flat head bolts on underside of base plate

 

Next time your machine is in need of a tune-up feel free to get in touch :) We can help you place an order for maintenance services, or guide you through any tune-up troubles you may experience!

 

           

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New Product Launch! Lyric Videos & Custom Button Bundles May 05 2016

Buttons and bands have always been a great pairing. That's why we are launching a really neat new product: Lyric Videos and Custom Button Bundles!

There are five different styles of videos to choose from, and with each video you are able to select the size (1", 1-1/4", or 1-1/2") and quantity (100, 250, 500, or 1000) of custom band buttons you would like with it!

TICKER TAPE STYLE

 

NOTEBOOK STYLE

If you're on a budget, the above Ticker Tape or Notebook style video may by the style for you. With either style of video, if you order 1000 band buttons we throw in the Lyric Video for free :) Pretty awesome, eh?

If those styles don't float your boat, no problem! We offer three other Lyric Video styles which can be seen below:

 

SLIDESHOW STYLE

 

MOVING IMAGE STYLE

 

MOVING IMAGE & TEXT

So if you're in a band and need a video and some merch, we hope these Lyric Videos & Custom Button Bundles are exactly what you're looking for :)

If you have any questions about this new product, send us an email or give us a call and we would love to chat with you about our groovy new product!

 

           

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Come on In and Make-A-Button May 03 2016

If you are looking for a fun place to take your little one, or even a place to come yourself with some friends, the Make-A-Button table is where it's at!

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We supply the paper, markers, pens, pencils, and crayons so you have everything you need to draw your own masterpiece, or colour in a pre-made design! You don't even have to stay inside the lines :)

and once you're done it's time to get button pressing!

All of our lovely staff are Make-A-Button experts. We would be happy to press the button for you, or walk you through how to do you on your own :)

GIVE THE GIFT OF MAKE-A-BUTTON

Make-A-Button is a great gift for your friends, loved ones, or yourself! You can make 1 button for $5, 5 for $10 ($2 per button) or 20 for $20 ($1 per button)

Can't make them all at once? No problem, we'll give you a punch card and you can come back to finish them later :)

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If that doesn't float your boat, we also offer Make-A-Button Kits! Each kit includes artwork and button supplies to make 5 complete buttons. Once your artwork is done just stop by the shop and use one of our machines! 

We hope to see you in the shop sometime Making-A-Button, and making fun memories to boot!

 

          

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What Magent is Best For You? May 02 2016

"I should try making magnets instead of pinback buttons."

If you're a button maker, this phrase has probably crossed your mind before. It's easy to say, but when it comes down to it, branching out from pinback buttons to the world of magnets can be a little overwhelming.

Below is a bit of information about each type of magnet that we carry: Peel n' Stick Magnets, Ceramic Magnets, and Rare Earth Magnets. Each type is used / made in a different way. Being aware of the differences will make it super easy to select what magnet is best for your project!

 

Peel n' Stick Magnets

 

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- Pressed like a regular pinback button, but use a flatback instead of a pinned back. After the button is pressed, the magnet is placed on like a sticker at the end.     

- Best for holding up 1-3 pieces of paper on the fridge.

- Available for making magnets in the following sizes:

ROUND: 7/8", 1", 1-1/4", 1-1/2", 1-3/4", 2", 2-1/4", 2-1/2", 3", and 3-1/2"

SQUARE: 1-1/2" x 1-1/2", 2" x 2", and 3" x 3"

RECTANGLE: 1-3/4" x 2-3/4", 2" x 3", 2-1/2" x 3-1/2", and 1-1/2" x 4-1/2"

 

 

Ceramic Magnets

 

 

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- Unlike the Peel n' Stick, the Ceramic Magnet uses a collet to hold the magnet inside the button shell. It's made like a 1" Lock Pin Button, but the magnet is placed INSIDE the collet before pressing.

- Can hold up to 10 pieces of paper on the fridge.

- Available for making magnets in the following sizes:

ROUND: 7/8", 1", 1-1/4", 1-1/2", 1-3/4", and 2-1/4"

 

Rare Earth Magnets

 

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- Rare Earth Magnets are not intended for making "fridge magnets."

- To be used as a pinback alternative, allowing one to wear a button without putting a hole in their clothing. 

- Used in combination with flatback buttons, and placed on the INSIDE of clothing to hold the button on.

- Available in the following sizes: 1/4" x 1/8", 1/2" x 1/8", 3/4" x 1/8", and 1" x 1/8"

- THESE MAGNETS ARE SUPER STRONG!

 

With this teeny bit of product knowledge, selecting the best magnet for you will now be easy-peasy! Added bonus: With all of these newly acquired magnet facts, you'll be a hoot at parties :)

Happy Magnet Making Everyone!

 

            

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Flashback Friday with some Button Classics April 29 2016

Happy Friday Buttoneers!

We're super lucky to have gotten our hands on some truly classic pinback buttons. Why keeps these gems to ourselves when we can share them with all of you? :)

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I Love New York: Designed by Milton Glaser. Smiley Face: Designed by Harvey Ball

The iconic "I Love New York" and Smiley Face designs are both instantly recognizable and evoke feelings of a groovier time. Put these designs on a pinback button, and you get a perfect little slice of retro goodness.

 Have an awesome weekend!

 

           

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Dura-Lar: Mylar's Fancy Cousin April 20 2016

If you make your own buttons, you probably know that mylar is an important part of the button making process.

Did you know that there's an alternative to Mylar that can add a little pizazz to a traditional pinback? This magical material is called Dura-Lar and you should TOTALLY give it a try :)

Dura-Lar is a Mylar substitute that you can print onto directly. The finished products vary depending on how you chose to use the Dura-Lar, but in this case, it was used to produce stunning, super shiny buttons!

All of the colours you see are printed directly onto the Dura-Lar, and the metallic silver, is actually just the shell of the button. 

If you prefer neon or pastel colours over a metallic finish, we have a great selection of pre-cut paper circles. When used underneath Dura-Lar the colours really pop!

Are sparkles more your thing? Check out THESE little guys made with Dura-Lar and gift wrap. they are sure to add a little glimmer to your day!

 

      

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Events, and Parties, and Trade Shows, oh my! April 11 2016

Here at the button store we put a little bit of button magic into everything we do.

Do you want to make your next event super special? We would love to help you put on a fun-filled Button Birthday Party, Event, or Workshop.

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Birthday Parties

Throw an awesome Button Birthday for a super special kid (or kid at heart!) Whether you would like to rent our space, rent a machine, or have us come to you, our button making experts will ensure a great time is had by all!

If you have something specific in mind, just let us know and we will put together an awesomely unique party experience for you and your button making guests.

Events

We can help you turn any event into an interactive button making extravaganza! We can work with you to create anything from custom button artwork, to craft activities to keep the youngsters busy.

Trade Shows

Create low-cost, high visibility promotional products for your next trade show or promotional event. A unique button giveaway is a sure-fire way to make you the talk of the trade show!

Photo Button Booths

Take a photo on site, and we can turn it into a button on the spot. It's a great way to add some fun to corporate events, and is a blast at weddings too!

Get in Touch

Contact us at info@peoplepowerpress.org for more info about how to incorporate buttons into your next event!

 

             

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Buying a Button has Never Been More Fun! April 05 2016

If you're ever strolling around the west-end of Toronto, come by and say hello! We are the bubblegum pink building jam-packed with buttons :)

You can make-a-button, and if you aren't in the creative mood you don't have to leave empty handed!

Pay a visit to one of our lovely button vending machines (yes they are as cute as they sound). The buttons are all Toronto-themed because we love our city THAT much :)

 

Here's to Toronto. A super cool city, and home to our pretty delightful little button shop.

 

             

 

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Hope You Had a Hoppy Easter! March 28 2016

All of us here are the button store hope that your long weekend was fun and filled with family & friends, laughter, and happiness!

Oh yeah. And chocolate :)

  

             

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Kids' Lit Quiz: Fundraising with Buttons March 23 2016

Who said, "Nibble, nibble, like a mouse, who is nibbling at my house"?

If you said "The Witch in Hansel and Gretel," you're not only correct, but you might even have what it takes to hold your own in the Kids' Lit Quiz

 

What is Kids' Lit Quiz?

Kids' Lit Quiz is a literature competition for children ages 10 to 13. Quizzes take place in countries all over the world, like Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, and South Africa just to name a few. Teams compete nationally, and the winners come together annually for the World Finals!

Wayne Mills, the founder of Kids' Lit Quiz is SUPER passionate a books. If reading was a sport, he would definitely be the #1 fan!

Here's Where the Buttons Come In:

Kids' Lit Quiz loves buttons too!

Every competitor gets a "Quiz Whiz" custom 2-1/4" button, and other custom buttons are sold to help raise money, as they are a charitable foundation.

The buttons started off in our shop in Toronto just a few weeks ago, and have already been to Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa and Hamilton! Spreading the love of reading AND the love of buttons, yay!!

 

 Check out Kids' Lit Quiz Canada on Facebook, Twitter, and Blogspot!

 

       

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Is There a Button Shell Stuck in my Machine? March 22 2016

Have you ever gotten a button part stuck in your machine?

It happens to the best of us, and can be really frustrating. However, there are a few tried and true techniques to getting that button part UN-jammed in no time!

Here is a great how-to video from The Button Guy that shows you how to un-jam that trusty hand-press.

HOW DO MACHINES GET JAMMED IN THE FIRST PLACE?

Most machine jams will probably be the result of using a paper that is too thick, or putting more than 1 shell in the die. Though there are lots of different things that COULD jam a machine, these two scenarios are the most common.

HOW TO AVOID JAMMING YOUR MACHINE.

Though this instructional video makes is super easy to un-jam your machine, its a lot easier to NOT get a machine jammed in the first place. Here's some tips on how to avoid a jam all together.

    1. The paper is too thick: The best paper to use for button making is your good ole' fashion printer paper. If you try and use paper of a heavier weight, you run the risk of getting the mylar, paper, and shell stuck in the top die when pressing your button. Stick with a paper that is around 28 Lbs and you should be golden!
    2. There were 2 shells smooshed together and it looked like there was only 1 shell: Sometimes the shells like to piggy-back on each other. Though that sounds kind of cute, this double shell will inevitably lead to a jam, or at the very least, a button than doesn't get crimped properly. If you think there may be two shells stuck together, just throw them against a hard flat surface. Industry secret: the floor works GREAT! The impact will make the shells come apart, no tools or elbow grease required!

     

                 

           

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          March 22nd is World Water Day March 21 2016

          Saying that water is REALLY important is an understatement.

          That's why, in 1993, the United Nations designated March 22nd as World Water Day

          The purpose of this day is to educate people about water-related issues and inspire individuals to take action. We decided to take action ourselves by creating some custom 1-1/4" buttons that are all about water!

          Every year, World Water Day focuses on a different water-related issue. This year's theme, Water and Jobs, was chosen because many of the 1.5 billion people who work in water related fields aren't protected by basic labor rights.

          If you want to learn more about World Water Day, check out their website. It's full of SO MUCH amazing information including this great video!

           

          Official Trailer: World Water Day 2016 from unwater.org
          Concept: Walk This Way
          Production & illustrations: La Pompadour
          Music & Sound Design: Mooders

           

               
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          The Very First Button. Like, Ever. March 11 2016

          Buttons have been around for a long time. And by "long time" I mean since the late 1700's.

          The first "button" was used during the inauguration of George Washington in 1789. It looked like this:

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          A few decades later in 1824, election buttons hit the scene during the campaign of John Quincy Adams against Andrew Jackson.

           

          Back then, campaign buttons look quite different from the buttons of today. Some main differences in the buttons of today vs. the buttons of yester-year include how the buttons are actually worn. In 1824, buttons were sewn onto clothing rather than just pinned on.

          Keep checking in on our Button Blog for more great posts every day :)

          If you can't wait to read more about the history of buttons, check out another great blog post we wrote a while ago!

           

               

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          This is What a Feminist Looks Like: Women's and Gender Studies at UWinnipeg March 09 2016

          Yesterday was International Women's Day, a day celebrating the achievements of women in the social, economic, cultural and political sphere.

          I am sure that everyone in the Women's and Gender Studies (WGS) Department at the University of Winnipeg celebrated the day by rocking one of these great custom buttons!

          The custom buttons were created for UWinnipeg's annual Open House event, and were designed by the mighty talented Erin Heroux, a Graphic Designer for  The University of Winnipeg.

          Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) is among more than 50 undergraduate programs available at UWinnipeg, and the department was looking for a way to stand out from the crowd at Open House 2016.

          Not surprisingly, the buttons were a massive hit :) Rumor has it that UWinnipeg is already coming up with new button designs to use in the future!

          Want to keep up with all the great stuff going on at UWinnipeg? Check out their Twitter, Facebook, and website!

           

                

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          Did You Know that The Button Guy is on YouTube? March 08 2016

          Last week we posted about Button Designer, a great free resource from The Button Guy.

          The Button Guy has yet another resource that goes beyond artwork, and touches on many aspects of the button making process: his very own YouTube channel.

          Whether you need to know how to use, make, fix, or design something button related, there is bound to be a video that can help you out!

          Here are just a few featured videos:

          HOW TO USE: HOW TO MAKE:
          HOW TO FIX: HOW TO DESIGN:

                  If you're looking for a "How To" video that isn't featured on this blog post, check out The Button Guy's full YouTube Channel!

                  If you check there, and your question still isn't answered, always feel free to Ask The Button Guy, or call into the shop for some over-the-phone assistance :)

                  Don't worry about asking us a question that you thing seems strange or silly. If it's button related, GO FOR IT! We love helping our customers have the best button making experience possible :) YAY!

                    

                        

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