Buttons, Badges & Pins - People Power Blog
Buttons for Chinese New Year: Year of the Rooster January 27 2017
Gong Xi Fa Cai and Gong Hey Fat Choy! Tomorrow marks 2017's Chinese New Year and this year is the Year of the Rooster so we made this bright and sparkley buttons to celebrate. This year's element is Fire! You can find out what your Chinese zodiac sign is here.
MYLAR 101: What does "Mil" Mean? January 23 2017
As some of you may have noticed, Mylar and Dura-Lar are measured by thickness.
The thickness of Mylar and Dura-Lar are measured in "mil" ... But, what's a mil?
A Mil is equal to 1/1,000th of an inch, and is written either as "1 mil" or 0.001"
MEASURING MYLARMylar comes in two thicknesses. There is 2 mil Mylar or 0.002" Mylar, a specialty thickness to be used with thick paper or photographs. This 2 mil Mylar is slightly thinner than the standard Mylar ringing in at 2/1,000ths of an inch thick.
The standard thickness is 3mil Mylar or 0.003" Mylar. This is the standard thickness, and is best paired with standard 20lb printer paper. Three mil Mylar is what comes in all of our button making kits, and is the industry standard thickness. It is 3/1,000ths of an inch in thickness.
Dura-Lar Film, a Mylar alternative that can go through a laser printer, is also measure in mil.
The Silver/Gold double sided Mattalised Dura-Lar Film is the thinnest Dura-Lar product with a thickness of 2 mil (0.002"). The Glossy Dura-Lar Film is slightly thicker than regular Mylar, at 4 mil (0.004") thick, and the thickest is Matte Dura-Lar at 5 mil (0.005").
So now when you're shopping around for Mylar or other specialty finishes and see the word Mil kicking about, you know exactly what it means! Knowledge is Power!
You better believe that custom buttons will be there to help fighting the stigma too!
The Shine a Light on Mental Health event also marks the roll out new Girl Guides of Canada programming called "Mighty Minds." The programming will teaching girls how to cope with every day life challenges & address the stigma surrounding mental health.
These custom 1" buttons boast the colourful logo for Mighty Minds and will aid in raising awareness about mental health. We think it's pretty cool that they're using buttons to get their message out there.
Head on down to Nathan Philips Square at 5:30 pm on January 21st to be part of it all :) Who knows, you might even be wearing one of these buttons by the end!
For more info, check out Girl Guides of Canada on social media:
Product Feature: PPP Button Greeting Cards January 18 2017
Sending a greeting card to someone special? Let them know that they're the nearest and dearest with a People Power Press Button Greeting Card!
The entire People Power Press Button Greeting Card Collection can be found here! Our collection of Button Greeting Cards will be growing too, so check back and see what cards we have in the future.
Best part of all: even if the card makes its way to the recycling bin, the recipient will always have a button to wear, share, and remind them of how thoughtful you are :)
All greeting cards measure 4 X 5.75", are blank on the inside, come with a white envelope, and a stylish pinback button that's ready to wear.
People Power Press has now been officially approved by the government of Canada to reproduce the official Canada 150 logo on our buttons and magnets!
Our idea is to spread our buttons far and wide for Canada 150 celebrations using the official government Canada 150 logo on various sizes and shapes of buttons and magnets. They will be available for people who want to get just 1 or for companies that want all their employees to join the Canada 150 celebrations with a button.
The celebrations start here and now at People Power Press. The first 100 people that come into our store can pickup an official Canada 150 button - Just say the magic words "Oh Canada!". First come first served. 1 button only per person. Swing by and pickup a button.
Check out our full collection of Canada 150 Official Logo Merchandise to order your own!
New Video: How to Make Magnetic Button Name Tags January 12 2017
We get lots of inquiries about how to make Magnetic Button Name Tags that you can wear without putting a hole through your clothing. They're a great pinback button alternative for formal events, work functions, or any situation where fancy clothes are required (because they don't put a hold through the fabric).
Here's a step-by-step video of how to make Magnetic Button Name Tags of your own using standard button parts and Rare Earth Magnets!
Below is a list of supplies you need to make a DIY Magnetic Name Tag of your own. You can make magnetic button name tags in any standard round button size ranging from 1" all the way up to 3-1/2".
What You Need to Make Magnetic Button Name Tags:
- Button Hand Press (Standard Hand Press, Flex1000, Flex2000, or Flex3000 Machine)
- Button Shell
- Flat Back (instead of a pinned back)
- 3mm Mylar
- Button Artwork
FLAT BACK BUTTON PARTS FOR MAGNETIC BUTTON NAME TAGS
The "Everything for Flat Back Button" kit includes button shells, flat backs, and 3mm mylar. The Rare Earth Magnets are not included, but they are available here.
RARE EARTH MAGNETS FOR MAGNETIC BUTTON NAME TAGS
These Flat Back Buttons are easily turned into Magnetic Button Name Tags when paired with the strong but mighty Rare Earth Magnet :)
*** PLEASE NOTE THAT RARE EARTH MAGNETS SHOULD NOT BE USED BY THOSE WHO USE A PACE MAKER. THEY ARE EXTREMELY STRONG ***
WE ALSO MAKE CUSTOM MAGNETIC BUTTON NAME TAGS
Don't have the time to make Magnetic Button Name Tags for your next event? Have us make them for you :)
If you would like to order Custom Magnetic Button Name Tags, please contact us a firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 1-866-996-1984.
The Custom Magnets currently available on the site are Peel n' Stick Fridge Magnets, not Magnetic Button Name Tags, and CANNOT be worn on clothing.
Keychains Two Ways: Learn how to make Split Ring and Snake Keychains with your Model 150 Button Maker January 10 2017
Button Keychains are practical, easy to make, and come in lots of different styles and sizes to suit any taste.
Button keychains allow you to take a special picture with you everywhere you go! You can rep your favorite band, show off the cutest picture EVER of your cat, oh the possibilities!
The videos below show you how to make a 1-1/2" Round Split Ring Keychain, as well as a 1-1/2" Round Snake Keychain. Both styles are pressed on a Model #150 Hand Press and use Standard 1-1/2" Round Parts.
Supplies used to make Split Ring Keychains on the Model #150 Button Maker:
- Standard 1-1/2" Round Button Shell
- Standard 1-1/2" Round Slot Back
- Standard 1-1/2" Round Mylar (3mm)
- Split Ring with Tab
- Button Artwork
You can find "EVERYTHING for Split Ring KEYCHAINS" kit in the drop down product menu when you click through the link. This kit includes the button shells, slot backs, 3mm mylar, and split rings with tabs (everything except the artwork). They are available in packs of 10, 25, 100, 500, and 1000 units.1-1/2" Split Ring Keychains are also available with a Versa Back instead of a Slot Back. Learn how to press a button keychain using a Versa Back here.
Supplies used to make Snake Keychains on the Model #150 Button Maker:
- Standard 1-1/2" Round Button Shell
- Standard 1-1/2" Round Slot Back
- Standard 1-1/2" Round Mylar (3mm)
- Snake Keychain with Tab
- Button Artwork
CUSTOM BUTTON KEYCHAINS
Not really a Do-It-Yourself type? No worries, we can totally make custom keychains in various styles and sizes for ya! Take a look at all of our custom button keychain options, including the 1-1/2" Split Ring and 1-1/2" Snake Keychain featured in this post!
MORE BUTTON KEYCHAIN RESOURCES
Learn more about all of the different types of keychains that we offer! Check out these blog posts for lots of great info on keychain parts and more How-To Videos courtesy of The Button Guy on YouTube :)
Flashback Friday: The History of Buttons January 06 2017
Have you ever ever wondered why and how pinback buttons came into existence?
Well, wonder no more! At People Power Press, we love buttons so much that we wanted to share the history buttons with all of you :)
Let's start at the beginning and go way back to when the first buttons hit the scene. They weren't like the buttons we know and love today, but hey, it was in the 1700's, an evolution was bound to happen along the way!
Can't get enough button history? You can check out an older post featuring some more REALLY old-school inaugural buttons here.
Great Ideas: The Resolution-O-Matic Button Vending Machine January 04 2017
Setting new year's resolutions can be super boring and stressful! Let us pick one for you! This month we decided to fill up the vending machine outside the shop with silly New Year's resolution that you can keep (like "Eat More Cake") or aspire to ("Become a Rockstar"), randomly selected for you!
Stop by our Toronto shop to grab your own!
Inspired? Resolve to make more buttons! Put your own button sales on automatic with Button Vending Machines in a variety of sizes! The one outside our shop is a Round Beaver model that fits 1" Buttons and is available as a kit with everything you need to sell buttons with it!
Get That New Year's Sparkle All Year Long With Holographic Foil December 30 2016
Make your own shiny and sparkly buttons with new Holographic foil from People Power Press! When paired with artwork printed Dura-Lar this holographic foil can be used to make glittery holographic buttons at home!
Don't know how to use holographic foil for button making? Well take a look at this How-To Video from The Button Guy and you'll know what you're doing in no time :)
There are many different colors and styles of holographic foil too! Pictured below are Holographic Red, Holographic Gold Disco, Holographic Blue, Holographic Silver Disco, and Holographic Silver Glitter! Not pictured is a super fun Hologrphic Rainbow Foil which can be seen when you click through the link.
All of the button artwork above were printed on Dura-Lar Film and this printed Dura-Lar was then placed right on top of the holographic foil to get this fabulously glittery finish.
Button designs using holographic foil tend to be most successful when paired with simple clean digital artwork. Black and solid bold colours look great!
New Video: Making Button with Dura-Lar December 27 2016
Dura-Lar is the perfect acetate alternative. A highly versatile polyester film that is the perfect cross between mylar and acetate (which CANNOT GO THROUGH A LASER PRINTER!).
It is a super high-quality product that is heat resistant, tear resistant and does not absorb moisture or discolor with age. So your buttons artwork will still look stunning for years and years to come!
HOW TO PRINT ONTO DURA-LAR FILM
WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE BUTTON WITH DURA-LAR
MATERIALS TO USE
It's important to use materials that have a similar weight to printer paper so it doesn't jam your machine. If you do run into a jam however, here's how you can unjam your machine :)
Nine times out of 10, when a customer brings in a broken machine it turns out to be nothing more than a jam (which is great news)!
A button maker jam is something that is easily remedied at home, and often requires nothing more than some elbow grease and a bit of patience.
This video will teach you everything you need to know about how to un-jam your button maker when the top and bottom dies are stuck together. Hopefully it will save you unneeded stress, and an unneeded emergency visit to the button store!
THINGS YOU MAY NEED TO UNJAM YOUR MACHINE
- A large rubber mallet. Please don't use a metal hammer on your hand press!
KNOW YOUR HAND PRESS
Use this simple diagram to navigate your hand press
- Hold the handle firmly in the upright position.
- Confidently hit the bottom die that is NOT stuck with the rubber mallet. Don't be shy! The mallet is rubber and the machine is super sturdy.
- Once the bottom die is released from the clutches of the top die, eject the cause of the jam by lifting the outer part of upper die. Hopefully it will pop right out!
- If the jammed button shell / artwork doesn't come out by lifting the outer part of the upper die, try pressing the button over an empty crimp die (the deeper one where the pinned back go). Usually the button will release after pressing as usual.
Though knowing how to unjam your button maker when the dies are stuck together is a really good skill to have, so is knowing how to avoid a button maker jam in the first place :) Luckily The Button Guy already has a great How-To Video for just that! SWEET!
Happy Holidays! Storefront Holiday Hours December 21 2016
Our storefront at 3095 Dundas Street West has modified Holiday Hours!
This year, we're open on Christmas Eve, Saturday December 24th from 12pm - 3pm! so all you makers out there can get last-minute stocking-stuffers for your crafty friends and button buddies :)
People Power Press Holiday Hours 2016
Saturday, December 24: OPEN 12pm - 3pm
People Power Press Holiday Gift Guide
To make your holiday shopping as easy as possible, we created a 2016 Gift Guide with all of our best goodies for those who made it on the nice list!
Show Your Love for Animals with Toronto Animal Save Buttons! December 20 2016
Show your love for "The Save Movement" with this colourful collection of Animal Save Buttons!
The Save Movement began in 2010 with Toronto Pig Save. They work to create transparency at Toronto area slaughterhouses, encourage people to protect the environment, support farm sanctuaries, and embrace a vegan lifestyle :)
Each button comes on a gorgeous post card with information about The Toronto Animal Save movement. They make for a great keepsake or gift for an animal-loving pal!
Available designs include Toronto Pig Save, Toronto Cow Save, Toronto Chicken Save ($5 each) or collect all 3 for $10! The best part of all is that a portion of each sale goes right to the Toronto Animal Save movement! YAY
Check out these links to find out more info about The Save Movement and how to get involved!Toronto Pig Save Website: http://www.torontopigsave.org/
Toronto Pig Save Facebook: @TorontoPigSave
Toronto Chicken Save Facebook: @TorontoChickenSave
Toronto Cow Save Facebook: @TorontoCowSave
The Save Movement Wesbsite: thesavemovement.org
List of Animal Save Groups
New Video: Tips and Tricks for Using Button Vending Machine Capsules December 15 2016
BUTTON VENDING MACHINE ACORNS & CAPSULES
Do you own a vending machine and need some more capsules for your button vending needs? We carry many different sizes of capsules and acorns for use with the Button Rocket, Northern Beaver, and Button Hawk Vending Machines!
We discovered that there are a couple of tips and tricks that make button vending super duper easy. Take a peek at the video below from The Button Guy that will make you a vending capsule expert too :)
VENDING CAPSULE CHEAT SHEET
** Do not use capsules for button magnets (especially ceramic magnets) because they will magnet themselves to the inside of the vending machine!**
If you have absolutely any questions about our vending machines or any of our other products, please contact us! We're always here to help with any button-related inquiries :)
Happy button making!
The Great Outdoors: 3" Diamond Shaped Custom Buttons for Axis Gear December 13 2016
the 3" Diamond Pinback Button. Not only is it reminiscent of a cool retro patch, it totally looks at home in the great outdoors!
3" Diamond & Square Custom Buttons & Magnets
These 3" buttons (as all of our custom diamond shaped products) are also available as a square. The large size also makes for really great custom fridge magnets, which can be made as both a diamond and square too!
3" Diamond & Square Button Making Parts & Supplies
To makes this size and shape of button yourself, all you need is a 3" square hand press (Model 3030) which is available as a start-up kit with with either 500 X Everything for Pinback Button or 500 X Everything for Peel n' Stick Magnet Parts :) Parts & Supplies for this machine can all be found here.
Check out Axis Gear on Social Media
Thanks for using custom buttons to get your message out there, Axis Gear! Awesome job on creating a gorgeous design for an uncommon button size and shape :)
New Video: Button Rocket Vending Machine December 08 2016
The Automatic Button Vending Machine is an ideal solution for button producers looking to have their products in stores and in the public eye. The sharp design of this simple to use and maintain button dispenser allows you to keep on producing buttons (or take a break) whilst your buttons are out there selling themselves!
STANDARD FEATURES OF THE AUTOMATIC BUTTON ROCKET VENDING MACHINE
- Tubular lock included on lid and cash box door
- Made of solid cast aluminum and zinc
- Takes 1" capsules which can hold up to four 1" Round Lockpin Buttons
- Coin mechanism with built in security measuring both width and size of a coin
- High security easy access money bag with 800 coin capacity
- Straight drop through product chute
HOW TO OPERATE THE BUTTON ROCKET VENDING MACHINE
Want to know the basics of the Button Rocket Vending Machine before you decide if it's the machine for you? Look no further :)
Here's a video from The Button Guy's YouTube Channel on How to Operate the Button Rocket Vending Machine! Check out the entire YouTube channel for a giant collection of How-To Videos and neat button making tips and tricks!
The Button Rocket Vending Machine comes with one coin mechanism, but don't sweat it, if you decide you want to get another size:) Additional coin mechanisms for the The Button Rocket are available in the following sizes:
1 x 25 cents (1 quarter), 2 x 25 cents (2 quarters), 1 x $1 ($1 coin Canadian), 1 x $2 ($2 coin Canadian), Token Vend (1 x 0.984" token), Free Vend (Just turn handle - no coin).
CUSTOM BUTTONS READY FOR THE VENDING MACHINE
Love the idea of a button vending machine, but don't have the time to press all those buttons yourself? Not only do we make custom buttons, and other fun custom products, we also do custom buttons packed in capsules that are ready to vend! SO EASY :)
Custom Crafty Buttons for City of Craft December 06 2016
It's the most wonderful time of the year because City of Craft is almost here!
City of Craft is a collective of arts organizers focused on fostering an awesome Toronto crafting community, and supporting independent craft businesses (take a look at the entire vendor line-up here!)
For the past 10 years, City of Craft has put on Toronto's largest independently-run, juried craft show. Not only are there 60+ vendors, but also craft installations, workshops and other craft-related programming.
Logo and designs for City of Craft X: Handmade Decade created by DoublenautWe got crafty too and made these awesome buttons for City of Craft X: Handmade Decade Show.
Photo by Becca Gilgan, City of Craft Winter 2015
If you're thinking of checking out City of Craft X: Handmade Decade, the show runs from December 9th, 10th, & 11th. Event details can be found below, or on the City of Craft Website. If you're lucky, you may even get a custom button of your own!
Friday December 9, 6pm - 10pm
Saturday December 10, 11am-6pm
Sunday December 11, 11am-5pm
The Theatre Centre
1115 Queen Street West (entrance on Lisgar St.)
$3 (Kids 12 & Under FREE)
Record Label Buttons for Arbutus Records! December 02 2016
These 1" round custom record label buttons were made for Arbutus Records, a Montreal label that's been around since 2007. They're home to a bunch of really amazing artists who represent a variety of music genres.
The label started out by recording their friends, many of whom are still signed with Arbutus Records today. They pride themselves on being accessible and inclusive, values that we at People Power Press also take to heart.
These 1" Round Record Label Buttons are really striking, and the geometric logo looks like it was destined to be on a button!
SPEAKING OF MUSIC...
If you're in the market for some band buttons, record label buttons, or make music of any kind, check out our Lyric Video and Custom Button Bundles ! These bundles are PERFECT-O for any band, musician, or singer-songwriter whose looking for some swag that won't break the bank :)
New Video: How to Avoid Button Maker Jams December 01 2016
Sometimes when making buttons, you run into a jam.
One video we posted a while ago gave step-by-step instructions on how to un-jam a hand press that has something stuck in it. Click through the link to watch the video on The Button Guy YouTube Channel.
Though it's great to know how to un-jam a button maker, it's also really handy to know how to avoid button maker jams in the first place...
HOW TO AVOID BUTTON MAKER JAMS
HOW TO AVOID BUTTON MAKER JAMS: TIPS & TRICKS FROM THE VIDEO
1. Make sure you only use 1 shell or collet at a time. They like to stick together
2. Only use 1 mylar at a time. They tend to be very easily affected by static and cling together like nobody's business
3. Only use paper that is 28lbs or less. (regular old photocopy paper is actually the best paper to use!)
4. Keep your machine well lubricated! Lubricant for button makers is really inexpensive, and comes in a tube that will last for decades
5. Stick to artwork that is drawn on paper, or printed out. Though making a 3-D collage on your button shell might look nifty, your button maker prefers nice flat artwork
BUTTON MAKER MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR SERVICES
Even if you're careful to not jam your button maker, accidents do happen. If you've tried un-jamming you button maker with no success, we do also offer maintenance and repair services!
Tis' the Season with Button Greeting Cards November 30 2016
Receiving a holiday greeting card in the mail is a nice little pick-me-up, especially on a stormy winter day.
Be the best card-giver you can be this season with the People Power Press Holiday Button Greeting Card Collection! Let the holiday cheer stay with your friends, co-workers, and loved one long after they open the envelope :)
Holiday Button Greeting Cards are the cards that keep on giving. Each card comes with a super cute button that will get anyone into the holiday spirit!
We've got a whole range of Holiday Button Greeting Card designs too. There's something perfect for darling grandma, your bestie, or the acquaintance that you only sort-a know.
Pictured above are Merry Christmas Sweater, Happy Holidays Wreath, and Too Hip for the Holidays. There are a range of different button designs available with each card, so check out the product pages for all off the possibilities!
Too Hip for the Holidays Pin Packs
If you think the Too Hip for the Holidays Cards are as wonderful and silly as we do, we've got some good news: All of the button designs are available as single buttons AND as 5 button pin packs too :)
Buttons for a Cause: Together Project November 28 2016
These buttons for a cause are 2" Round, a size that is big enough for a nice sized logo, but small enough to comfortably wear day-to-day.
Their slick design of bright colours on a white background really makes a statement, don't ya think?
Thanks for all the great work you do, Together Project!
PEOPLE POWER AWARDS: INSPIRING POSITIVE CHANGE WITH BUTTONS!
Have an awesome cause of your own? Consider filling out a 2017 Nomination Form for the People Power Award, an annual award recognizing excellence in grassroots campaigning and inspiring positive change with buttons!
The People Power Press 2016 Holiday Gift Guide November 25 2016
The holidays are almost here and at People Power Press we've got you covered! With crafty projects, personalized presents, and fun & frugal ideas, there's something for everyone on your list!
Get into the festive button making spirit with the Flex3000 Holiday Kit from People Power Press!
The kit includes a FLEX3000 3" button making machine, 3" Round Rotary Cutter, 100 x 3" complete button and 10x complete magnet parts PLUS 100 x 3" Round Holiday Themed Pre-Cut Art (50 full colour + 50 colour-your-own).
The perfect gift to kickstart a whole world of button making possibilities!
'Tis the the season to be jolly ... making buttons! This teeny tiny holiday token making kit is great for crafting gifts for the minimalist on your list or creating collections of seasonally awesome fridge magnets for friend and family. *Available for a limited time only*
|Not sure what the button enthusiast on your list might like best? How about a People Power Press Gift Card! Virtual gift cards can be used on our Canadian and USA sites and in our Toronto showroom for button making parts, custom buttons, machine rentals* and more! They are available in a wide range of amounts and sure to please!
(*Button machines can be rented in our Toronto Shop or Shipped anywhere! Rental period includes shipping time.)
|Now you can turn your family photos, art, and memories into Personalized Tree Ornaments! Perfect for commemorating parties, special Christmases, and events like family reunions! Design your own or send us your ideas and photos and have one of our talented Designers create something special for you. Bring your family or your pals into our Toronto Shop too to make your own at our Button Bar!
The possibilities are endless!
Change it, swap it, click it, it's Magnetic Button Jewelry! 1" flat-back button charms can be changed to go with any look! Delight your favorite fashionista with a set of custom charms created just for them or choose from our trendy designs!
Also a perfect gift for that special someone with a 1" Button Maker!
|For loved ones near and far, send a smile with Button Greeting Cards! Available in fun and festive designs - give them a greeting AND a button they can wear!|
|Show them you know them! Book and music lovers, cyclists, hipsters and coffee connoisseurs will be delighted by their very own Pin Pack, with all kinds of themes for all kinds of interests! Perfect for stocking stuffers or secret santas too!|
|Silly face dry erase buttons, magnets and ornaments are fun for kids and kids-at-heart! Draw with dry erase markers on top of festive designs, wear and display, then erase them and do it all over again!|
Looking for a gift for a bookworm, writer, artist or vintage lover? We're breathing new life into old library books with our collection of Up-cycled Library Notebooks and Sketchbooks. Made with library books that have been diverted from landfill, these books are hardcover, coil bound, and use "Tree Free" recycled paper.
Available in large and small sizes, we can even make a custom one out of your favorite book! Find them online email us for more details!
Custom Illustrated Vegetable Buttons by Robin Clugston November 23 2016
Custom pinback buttons are a great way for artists to reproduce their work, and make their art accessible to the masses.
Artist and illustrator Robin Clugston knows how to turn her illustrations into fantastic works of button art!
We can't get enough of these illustrated vegetable buttons that are as vibrant and detailed as the real thing! Just take a look at this bountiful button harvest :)
These vegetable buttons are 1-1/4" Round Pinback Buttons. This size is great because it's small enough to be "fashionable" but large enough to do justice to the artwork! Awesome choice Robin :) They look wonderful!
Here's a close-up of the beet, eggplant, carrot, and pickle designs! Doesn't everyone need a pickle button in their life??
Check out more of Robin's buttons, illustrations, stickers, and more!