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Chase Padgett (6 Guitars) and Stacey Hallal (Curious Comedy) are touring their musical sketch comedy show Chase and Stacey Present: Joyride. Joining them on the road are their custom fringetastic buttons, a perfect way to bring the comedy home with you and show your Fringe colours all year long!

Featuring sketches and songs about time travel, elderly crime sprees, and ribbon dancing, Joyride is a hilarious exploration of life, spontaneity, and the choices that define us!

Selected as Patron’s Pick, Orlando Fringe 2014 and Best of Fest, Ottawa Fringe 2014. CBC Manitoba gives it 4 stars!

If you're in Edmonton or Vancouver this summer, check them out. And pick up a button!

August 14-August 24 @ Edmonton Fringe
August 4-September 14 @ Vancouver Fringe

www.chaseandstacey.com

Want your own custom buttons for plays, improv, festivals, musical shows, fundraisers, or any other event?

Give us a call or Order online :)

Making buttons is easy with this simple, solid metal, multi size button maker. A new multi die or multiple size button maker that works!

Interchangeable Die Button Maker

The new multiple size die button maker kits

Whilst this machine is not as fast as a pro button maker if you need buttons in smaller quantities but in different sizes this is an option. The difference in cost is substantial. The multi machine at $400 is equivalent to 3 pro button makers at $1200 – $1600. Pro machines are faster but if you are not running a button business or producing bulk buttons this could be a low cost solution.

Multiple Dies available

Interchangeable dies for button making. Picture shows 1″, 2-1/4″ and 3″ dies.

Currently this machine is available with dies in 1″, 2-1/4″ and 3″. 1-1/4″, 1-1/2″ and 1-3/4″ dies will be available by the end of the year. Additional die sets with a matching circle cutter are around $100 to $150 depending on size. To swap dies simply pull the pin out and remove the die carrier. Once you have replaced the die carrier with the size you need you slot it in place, slip in the pin and you’re away. With this style of button maker there are no upper dies which are harder to replace and often consequently do not line up correctly causing poor quality buttons. With this multi machine you should have no trouble.

interchangeable die button maker

interchangeable die button maker

As I have said before the method of using the dies is slower but it does seem to be reliable. The method is a little bit like Badge-A-Minit except these are inexpensive standard button parts and the dies are solid metal and not plastic. To make a button you flip the dies and press the button in sequence. Here’s a detailed instruction on making a 2-1/4″ pin-back button using a multi size button maker:

Before you begin check that you have everything you need!
Your machine parts:

multiple die button press base

The basic press. This machine will press dies from 1″ to 3″.

Die table with 2 dies for button making.

Die table with 2 dies for button making. Pickup die on the left and crimp die on the right. The first press uses the left hand pickup die. The second press uses the right hand crimp die.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The positioning ring

Positioning ring

The positioning ring (bottom view) Do not use this way up.

The positioning ring

The correct side of the positioning ring – Always use this way up in both the left and right hand dies.

The pressing die

Pressing die

The pressing die. Use this way up for the first press.

Flip side of the pressing die

The pressing die (View of the flip side) Use this way up for the 2nd press.

White plastic spacer rings for 2-1/4″ only

Spacer Rings

Spacer rings – Only necessary for making 2-1/4″ buttons. Not supplied for other sizes.

Spacer ring for 2-1/4" pin-backs

Adding the plastic ring when using the 2-1/4″ die is just a question of laying the ring down before inserting the pin-back

 

Button parts – Remember each die set will make a specific size button.
Match your buttons to the die set you are using.

button parts

And you will also need your button parts

And you will need your button image or artwork cut and ready to go.

Artwork ready to cut

Artwork ready to cut first before pressing

Remember that you can also make magnets, key-chains, mirrors as well as all kinds of items. They usually involve changing the back button part, the front remains the same. Just follow these instructions but for example for a fridge magnet use a magnet back instead of the pin-back.

Once you’ve checked you’ve got everything you need you can begin making buttons.

 Place the button maker on the solid surface and turn the die table so you can access both dies.

Place the button maker in front of you with the dies easily accessible on a solid table so you can begin button making.

 

Place shell in pickup die

Place a shell in the left hand or pickup die. The edge of the shell slots into the circular slit in the pickup die. The shell fits exactly into the slot.

 

Add paper circle to die in a multi die machine

Add your pre prepared artwork or image over the shell. It should fit snugly in the available space. Now cover your art or image with a circular sheet of clear mylar.

 Note! Adding the white plastic spacer ring is only necessary for the 2-1/4″ die set.

Spacer ring for 2-1/4" pin-backs

Adding the plastic ring when using the 2-1/4″ die is just a question of laying the ring down before inserting the pin-back.

Multi die button maker

Place your pin-back, pin facing down and make sure your pin-back and the direction of your art match as per the photo. You want the pin to end up at the top of your art. So you now have your button maker loaded with shell, image and mylar in the left die and pin-back in the right die.

Place the positioning ring over your image

Place the positioning ring over your image so that the centre of your image shows through. Make sure the positioning ring has slotted into the lower die and is firm or it may be upside down.

 

Placement of the pressing die

Place the pressing die on top of the positioning ring. Note how most of the pressing die is sticking out of the positioning ring making it higher.

positioning ring and pressing die

So remember, in this order: shell, image then mylar. Positioning ring and then pressing die. To see which way up they go see above.

 

Pick up die first press

Now swivel the die table so that the left hand die moves to a position under the press and press your button. You will note with the first press that you feel the handle give as it presses your button. No force is necessary just pull the handle down.

 

First press on multi button maker

Make sure you go all the way down but force is not necessary.

You should have now successfully completed the first press. Now we will transfer the button over to the crimp die to make the second and final press. You know you did it correctly if you got that give in the handle as it shaped your button.

 

Flip the pressing die

Once the first press is complete remove the pressing die and flip it as you put it down ready for the second press. Remove the positioning ring from the left die and you will see your image pressed into the ring ready to move to the right hand die and to match up with the pin-back.

Positioning ring

This illustrates your positioning ring from the underneath. Your shell is pressed into the ring with your image and mylar. Note the edge of your art and the mylar around the edge ready for the pin-back.  Move carefully to retain the correct position.

 

Move the positioning ring to the crimp die

So carefully remove the positioning ring with your art from the left hand die and place it over the pin-back in the right hand die. Match the top of the back to the top of your image.

right hand multi-size die

Remember: The position of the art to the pin-back makes a difference to your final button.

 

pressing die into positioning ring.

You already flipped your pressing die so place it on top of your art. It should slide into the positioning ring. Make sure the curved or button shape surface is face down.

swing the die table

Now you’re ready for the second press. Swing your die table under the press to complete the second press.

 

Swing the die table

This is not far enough. Swing the die table all the way to the stop. Watch it doesn’t bounce back a little.

Make sure you're in the center of the die

Make sure you’re in the center of the die.

 

Second and final press

Pull the black handle down all the way in the centre of the die. There is no give on the second press. No force necessary. Just a steady pull all the way down.

 

button press complete

Once you have completed the second press you can remove the pressing die and the positioning ring and your button will be revealed. Check the pin lines up at the top of the art so the button is straight. If not watch for this on the next button. Make sure you line up the art and the pin. Happy button making!

 

"I thought of that while riding my bicycle." ~ Albert Einstein on the Theory of Relativity

National Bike day is May 26th, 2014.    About 50% of our staff cycles to work daily, some all year round.  We're really into biking here so of course we wanted to celebrate Bike day, Bike month and ride your bike to work day with custom bike buttons as our button of the week.   In our online collection we have additional transportation buttons, or talk to us about making a custom bike button for your event.

Some awesome Toronto Cycling communities have more information on Bike Day 2014 and Cycling in Toronto:

CycleTO is kicking off Bike Month with a bike to work group commute and pancake breakfast at Nathan Philips Square, and other events throughout the GTA can be viewed at bike month.

Our friends at Community Bicycle Network are a registered non-profit organization founded in 1993 on the belief that bicycles are a powerful tool for positive change.  We agree! 

 Custom bike buttons

"The bicycle is the most civilized conveyance known to man. Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure in heart."

Iris Murdoch, writer (1919-1999) 

"Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race."
H.G. Wells

"When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope seems hardly worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a good spin down the road, without thought of anything but the ride you are taking."
Arthur Conan Doyle

HAPPY BIKING!!!

And for more awesome bike buttons, visit our Pinterest board!

Happy Victoria Day!  Or May 2-4 :-) as it's affectionately known. 

We will be closed on the holiday Monday- May 19, 2014, so take the day off from button making, kick back, and celebrate with Queen Victoria and a beer and go see some fireworks!

Queen victoria with a beer magnet 

 Our custom buttons of the week are Queen Victoria buttons and are available for free at the shop this week.

More fireworks button

Victoria Day Buttons

Cherry blossoms have begun to open!  My favorite time of year and just steps from our office.  You can track the progress of the blooms in High Park.   Also, according to the High Park site, the Toronto Islands also have 30 Cherry blossom trees on Centre Island! 

According to updates, they have started to bloom, with full bloom in the next few days.  But be sure to hurry before it rains!

 Cherry Blossoms in High Park, Toronto

To celebrate Sakura- we're giving away cherry blossom buttons as our button of the week!  Come in and get a free sakura button :-)

 

 

world's best mom button

 

Want to show your mom that she's the greatest?   You can make her a custom mother's day button!  Don't have a button maker?  All buttons are for sale in our store, come on by and pick one up!

Or really go fancy with a rosette.   To make a rosette you need a button maker and prong back button parts: a shell, mylar, a prong back and a plastic back pin-back.  We can also make custom buttons with rosettes in the shop.  

We also have a more gender neutral button that can be appropriate for alternative families.  

 

So, here we go.  The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics are about to start.  Button orders have been rolling in. 

What are your thoughts and beliefs on the 2014 Winter Olympics?  Boycotting the whole thing? 

Sochi Winter Olympics buttons

Supporting our athletes with Team Canada buttons because they have spent a lifetime preparing for this moment, and they deserve our support?

 

Custom Team Canada buttons

  Boycotting the corporate sponsors who have refused to acknowledge the situation in Sochi and showing disregard for human rights? 

 


Or joining celebrated world authors protesting against Putin including Margaret Atwood on her participation on an open letter to Putin

 Margaret Atwood

 

There are so many things to comment on with the Winter Olympics. 

Our button gallery also has a selection of queer and maple leaf buttons available.  You can also take an existing design and add your own message to the button.   

Tell Putin and the world what you think about Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics with a custom button!

 

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