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Farmers’ Markets Ontario – Support Farmers and Your Local Markets March 06 2015

We love our local farmer’s market so when we got the opportunity to design something for our friends at Farmers’ Markets Ontario, we were pretty thrilled.
I love my Farmers' Market buttons and promotional cards by People Power Press

Farmers’ Markets Ontario played host to the 2015 Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention where the theme was Connect for Success as horticultural specialists gathered from around the world to share stories, strategies and networking opportunities.

These buttons and cards were distributed at the convention that took place Feb. 18-19 in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Custom I Love My Farmers' Market buttons by People Power Press

“We are hosting a market manager’s day and I’m quite certain the managers are going to love these buttons,” said Christine Scheer, a member of Farmers’ Markets Ontario and the farmers' market manager at London's Covent Garden Market. “What a great way to promote our markets.”

If you liked the Farmers’ Markets Ontario buttons and want some for your own market, you can order one of our market-friendly designs here!

Love farmers and the markets that support the great work they do,? You should seek out a market in your area.

Want to know more about Farmers’ Markets Ontario and the wonderful farmers and markets they support? Check out www.farmersmarketsontario.com or make friends with these fine folks on Facebook  and Twitter.

If you would like us to create some equally awesome buttons, with or without custom packaging, for your event or organization, please give our sales team a shout!

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Make Your Own Button Necklaces with Magnetic Pendants! February 28 2015

Available in two shapes and three different styles to suit your taste, these fun and classy magnetic necklace pendants are a great way to show off your favourite button creations in new and original ways.

Designed to hold a 1" round or square flat back button, the pendants are made with super strong rare earth magnets that won't let go of your button until you want them to.

Pendants for 1" ROUND necklaces:

1 inch round megnetic pendant button jewlery for 1" button necklace

Pendants for 1" SQUARE necklaces:

1 inch pendant square button jewlery for necklace

 

Infinitely customizable, you now have the greatest excuse to make all of the buttons you could ever want to wear and change up your look weekly, daily, hourly, or as often as you'd like! Without poking holes in your shirt! :)

Like a locket, button pendant necklaces make a meaningful personalized gift, arts and crafts project, or raffle giveaway.

Create and sell a series of interchangeable designs that people can buy together as a set or collect over time.

They can also be used as a unique and creative marketing tool. Above all else, they're a one of a kind accessory that will never get old.

Available individually or by the thousands (volume discounts apply).

To DIY it up and make them yourself, you’ll need a standard size 1” button maker.

1-inch button maker for making pins and badges and button jewlery

Or a 1” square button maker.

 1-inch square button maker for making pins and badges, button jewelry, necklaces and pendants


You will also need flat back button parts to make your masterpiece.

Order everything for 1” ROUND Flat Back Buttons here.

Button parts to make 1" round flat back buttons and jewelry with buttons

Supplies for 1” SQUARE Unpinned Back Buttons are here.

Button parts to make 1" square unpinned back buttons and jewelry with buttons


Watch this great how-to video to see how effortless it is to make these new necklaces:

Don’t have a 1” machine?

If you love these pretty little things and want some of your own, but don’t own a 1” machine, you can buy the necklace pendants and then rent a button maker from us or have us make your buttons for you.

The pendants for the necklaces are sold without chains so you can wear your design with a chain you already own or choose exactly the style you want. We have a few necklace chain styles in stock and are adding more. If you are looking for a chain style we don’t have, just let us know and we can likely get what you need!

Be sure to check in often to see what new style options we have. Stay tuned for customizable bracelets and other new items to be introduced in the coming weeks and months!

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Buttons to Celebrate the Year of the Sheep! February 14 2015

Chinese New Year is just around the corner, so we made these custom buttons to mark the occasion.

Stop by, say “Hi” and pick one up in store, if you’re in the neighbourhood :)

February 19th marks the beginning of the Year of the Goat or Ram or Sheep, depending on who you ask or where in the world you are celebrating.

Folks born in this year (1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003 and 2015) can expect the year to be very favourable. Read here to find out more about what’s in store for you!

This month-long celebration is full of superstitions so everyone, sheep or not, should be sure to abide by some certain rules during this time if you want the year ahead to be a good one.

If you are in Toronto, you should check out our friends from the great not-for-profit group Chinese Collective Arts Association. They will be holding a free event on Sunday, February 22nd that includes button making!

Are you holding an event and want to make buttons? It’s fun! And easier than you think! :)

We rent button makers in various shapes and sizes and have all the supplies you’ll need. We’ll even show you how the machine works before you leave the store : )

Button Maker Rentals to Make Your Own Buttons for Your Event

Not mechanically minded? Or maybe you need to focus your attention on other tasks? No problem! We also have an amazing events team who can run the button booth for you. Write them at events@peoplepowerpress.org to learn more.

Regardless of what you’re doing for Chinese New Year, we would love to see how you are celebrating!

Share your photos and links with us on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.

 

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Workshop West Playwrights' Theatre presents Canoe 2015 January 30 2015

People Power Press custom buttons for Workshop West presents Canoe 2015


Workshop West Playwrights' Theatre produces a festival every year called CANOE2015. #CANOE2015 runs from Jan. 28 to Feb. 2 and will be presenting some of the most ground-breaking theatrical events by local, national and international artists.

“Every January, Workshop West turns its word-based mandate upside down to program non-traditional theatre that pushes boundaries and buttons” says newly appointed Artistic Director Vern Thiessen. “It’s our chance to show people what kinds of theatrical experiments people are cooking up from around the world.”

Workshop West presents Canoe 2015 Theatre Festival Edmonton

Workshop West Playwrights' Theatre is an Edmonton-based professional theatre company. The company is dedicated to the development, production, promotion, and presentation of new Canadian playwrights and their plays, and to the education of the public in playwriting skills.


If you want to learn more about the CANOE2015 Festival, check out their site: www.canoe2015.com.

To find out more about the folks at Workshop West and all of the other great stuff they are up to, you can check out their website, follow them on Twitter and make friends with them on Facebook

These awesome buttons were designed by Half Design and made by yours truly! ;) 


If you think buttons would make a great complement to your festival, play, concert or other event you have planned (we sure think they would!), then reach out to us today!

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Button of the Week – Haggis and Poetry Buttons for Robbie Burns Day! January 23 2015



Robert Burns Day Custom Buttons by People Power Press


Well, it’s that time of year again everyone! Haggis time!


January 25th is Robbie Burns Day. Burns was a Scottish poet and his birthday is a national holiday in Scotland and is celebrated by Scots and those with Scottish roots around the world. Traditions include reciting some of the bard’s beloved lines, raising a glass or two of whiskey, playing the bagpipes and eating the Scottish delicacy haggis. Haggis used to be made with sheep parts, but modern haggis usually is a variation of lamb, beef, oats, onion and seasonings. Vegan haggis is a thing too!

We might not be eating haggis here, but we did make a haggis button in honour of Burns. We made some with his poetry too. So come in to our Toronto shop, say “Hi”, and pick one up for free! : )

See, we really do make custom buttons for any occasion!

To learn more about haggis, check out these fun facts!


In Toronto and looking to celebrate?

Here are some picks for where to take part in the festivities in the city.


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Happy New Year - Start a New Hobby Making Buttons January 12 2015

2015 is here! A brand spanking New Year is before us!!

Did you make any resolutions? If you did, you might like some of the resolution buttons we made at the office. They are our Button of the Week so if you are near our store in Toronto’s west end, please make sure you pass through to pick one up!

Resolutions or not, the New Year is usually a time for new beginnings... like starting a new hobby! Or a small business! Making buttons is great for both : )

In this week’s blog post, we will focus on getting started making buttons as a hobby. Next week’s post will focus on resources and tips for starting your own button making business.

If you are already a crafty person, then you will probably (very likely!) love designing and making buttons. They are also great for organizations looking to promote events or causes, for schools to keep kids creative and busy, or for bands looking for inexpensive ways to support their music.

A Button Maker!

We sell a variety of button making machines. If you are going to start buttons as a hobby, making only a few buttons at a time and not for reselling, then we recommend one of our hobby button making kits. We sell two different types:

1. The T150 Hobby Maker – plastic body, with parts to make 250 parts. Only makes 2.25” buttons.

2. Multi-Size Hobby Maker – Make a variety of different sizes with the same all metal body hobby machine! Comes with your choice of a) just the 2-1/4” size or b) 3 different sizes (including 2-1/4”) to get you started.

If you have a bit more money to spend and think that you may end up making thousands of buttons, will be selling the buttons you make, or need to be able to make lots of them fast, then you should look at purchasing one of our heavy duty button making kits. These machines are built to last and consistently make great buttons!

Button Supplies

All of our button making kits come with parts to get you started making pin back buttons and include a sample pack of all the different products you can make with your machine. Once you’ve had a change to experiment and play around, you will definitely want to make more and can order parts for magnets, keychains, bottle openers, necklaces, bracelets, zipper pulls, and more (depending on what size of badge maker you have). Just scroll through the drop-down menu on the appropriate product page to see what other items your machine can make.

If you have a T150, order here:

 

If you have a Multi-Size Machine or Tecre Machine, order here for Standard 2.25” items:


 

Here for 1.75” items:

 

And here for 1.25” items:

Other sizes are also available for the Multi-Size Machine. Just ask! : )

Button Designs/Artwork

Once you’ve picked your item type, you can also get creative about what designs or materials you use to put on your buttons. You can print your own custom artwork or use fabric, photos, Dura-Lar and acetate to create unique and interesting buttons.

Here are some resources for getting your designs together:

For Newbies! Use our Free Online Design Software – A Great Starting Place :)

Not a graphic designer? Don’t have Photoshop or any other design programs? Don’t worry! Button Designer is a free and easy-to-use software available online. This is a basic program intended for making simple button designs that you can design, print and press at home. It is a good starting point for folks who are new to button design and the world of design in general.

www.button-designer.com

For Pros! Free Button Design Templates – Make Sure Your Designs Are Sized to Fit Your Button Maker

Do you know something about design and have access to design programs like Photoshop or Illustrator? Then you can use the free templates available for download on our site. Make sure you use the right template for the size of button you are making so that, when printed and cut, your designs will fit your machine.


How-To Videos
We know that sometimes it is easier to see how something is done that to read about it. To help you learn the art and science of button making, we have a series of how-to videos to help you with your button making adventures. Here are a few good ones to start with!

 

VIDEO: How to use the T150

VIDEO: How to use the Multi-Size Machine

You can also check out our YouTube page for more videos and be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to find out when new videos are available :)

Buttons are easy to make once you get the hang of it. If you have any questions after you’ve checked out these resources and links, give us a shout and we’ll be more than happy to help : )

We love making buttons and want to make sure you do too!

You can also sign up for our newsletter to make sure you don’t miss out on our regular updates with new product information, sales, and other helpful button making resources. We only send it out a few times a year, so keep your eyes peeled! :)

All the best in 2015!

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Button of the Week - Buttons to Make Your New Year Sparkle! December 21 2014

Custom Buttons for the New Year from People Power Press

Celebrate the New Year with a little sparkle! A glittery button like these make the perfect complement to your New Year’s outfit. Make them as a pinback button or as a flat back button with a magnet attached to prevent pinholes in your festive frock.

You can make buttons like the ones made by our designers by printing directly on Dura-Lar film and putting some festive paper underneath to match your party mood. You can even make buttons with some of that leftover wrapping paper!

Custom New Year;s buttons badges pins magents from People Power Press

Do you like these buttons so much you want some for yourself and your party-going posse? Are you a hostess who is thinking that these custom buttons will make great gifts for your guests? Why not let us make some for you in any style or quantity you would like!

Other ideas for great New Year’s buttons include resolution buttons and other messages that you would like to carry into 2015. You can use our templates here or create simple designs on Button Designer, a free online design program for buttons!

However you choose to start the New Year, start it with a button!

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The 2014 Gift Guide December 16 2014

It is time to shop for the holidays! Button makers, buttons and button supplies make great and unique gifts for the crafty person in your life. If you don’t know this yet – buttons make people very happy. And we are happy to bring you a gift guide to help you figure out the perfect button gift for that special someone. : )

Gift Idea #1: For the Kids (And Kids at Heart!)

A hobby button maker is great for anyone who likes to do crafts. The T150 and Orange Multi-Size Hobby Button Makers will both make fantastic gifts for kids and hobbyists who will not make a lot of buttons and won’t be selling their buttons as a business.

T150 Hobby Button Maker Kit

 

 

 

T150 Hobby Button Maker Kit - This machine has a plastic body and makes 2-1/4” buttons only. The kit comes with enough parts to get you started.

 

 

 

Orange Multi-Size Hobby Button Maker Kits - If you are looking at a hobby maker, but want something that is a bit more durable and offers a few different size options than the T150, then you may be interested in getting our new multi-size button maker kit. This machine’s body is metal (not plastic like the T150) and can make up to three different sizes!

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 Multi-size Hobby Button Maker Kit


Gift Idea #2: For the Artist or Budding Entrepreneur

Button making is loads of fun, but it can also be a successful business opportunity.

Button Maker Kits Badge Making Pin Machine

Professional Button Maker Kits - Make the investment in the one of the fantastic and oh-so-robust Tecre button presses and you can give a gift that will last long after the holidays are over. These machines can make thousands of buttons with consistent quality suitable for people who want to sell buttons as a business pursuit, to make some money as a fun side project or to showcase their fine artwork. Different sizes available.

Gift Idea #3: For the Musicians in Your Family

Button Making Kits – Get a button maker kit to help band members make buttons to support their music. Smaller sizes of button makers are recommended!

Pre-Pay for Custom Buttons – Know a musician who would love to use buttons to promote their music? Give the gift of custom buttons and we will make the buttons for you!

Guitar Pick PunchPick Punches – Musicians can make their own custom picks with this new guitar pick punch. They won’t have to worry about losing another pick with this handy tool!

Gift Idea #4: Personalized Holiday Keepsakes

Custom Buttons – We Make Them For You! - Buttons make great gifts, even if you don’t want to make buttons yourself. Did you know that we can make more than just buttons? Send us your custom button artwork or photos and will we make a special gift to give out this holiday season. We can even work with you to create your custom artwork by scratch.

Christmas Badge Making Supplies

Necklaces – One of our newest products, these magnetic pendants let your pop your custom design in and out to be always changing your look. Contact us for pricing!

Coasters – Make a truly personalized gift with a set of 3.5” round coasters this year.

Bottle Openers – Like giving practical gifts? Bottle openers can be fun, but also useful. Keyring and magnetic bottle openers are also available.

Magnets – Send out your holiday greeting or family photo as a fridge magnet this year. Different shapes are available.

Family Photo Silly Face Buttons – Create your own dry erase design so that you can make your own silly faces. Use outlines from real photos or your own graphics. Then draw, laugh, erase and repeat!

Gift Idea #5: A Gift to Yourself (Preparation!)

Make sure you have enough button making supplies for all your holiday button projects and parties.

Holiday Button Making Supplies Pins Badges

If you already have a button maker then you may already know about all of the creative ways you can use your button machine this holiday season. Make special gifts such as ornaments, jewelry, magnets, keychains, zipper pulls and bottle openers in addition to buttons.

 

 

 

Just make sure you order your supplies in time to make something for everyone on your list! We will be closed Dec. 24-26 and Jan. 1-2. We are not open on weekends. We recommend you place your order as soon as possible so that we have enough time to ship your order to you. Give us a shout so we can help you determine how long shipping will take to your destination.

Please call us today so one of our friendly sales team can answer all your questions and help you pick out the perfect button gift.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gift Idea #6: Gift Cards

Gift Certificates Make the Perfect Gift Button Makers

Still not sure? Give a Gift Card!

If you know someone who already has a buttonmaker and is passionate about buttonmaking, but aren’t sure what machine they have or what size of buttons they make, we now have gift cards that can be purchased and redeemed online.

Gift cards are also great if you think someone would like a button maker, but can’t afford to buy a whole kit. They will appreciate your contribution to the cost of a button making kit and supporting their button making dream.

You can even use them towards button machine rentals!

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Button of the Week - Happy Holidays! December 14 2014

Christmas Custom Buttons from People Power Press

Looking for a fun way to make your holiday celebrations a bit more festive? We have a few button ideas to help you with that!


Custom holiday buttons can be used in so many ways.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Custom Button from People Power Press
You can pin them to your favourite holiday sweater, tie or hat. How about an ugly Christmas sweater button to wear with your ugly Christmas sweater?

 

Christmas Ornaments with Button Making Machine
You can create button ornaments with photos of family or special holiday messages. Use mirrors to create something extra shiny.


You can create specialized button placeholders at the dinner table that serve as mementos for your family and guests to take home when the feast is over.

You can put buttons in homemade holiday crackers.

 

Christmas Custom Buttons from People Power Press


You can pin your buttons to gifts in place of gift tags.


There really are so many ways that buttons can be used to make your holiday season extra special. Have we missed something? We would love to see what you are creating this holiday season.

If you need help with creating your custom button artwork, we are here to help! Our wonderful design team is ready and full of fantastic ideas. Or try out the easy-to-use free button design program Button Designer to create your own artwork. Just give us a shout!

If you are in the Toronto area, you can also drop by the store to pick up your very own free holiday button of the week. So come by and let us share some button holiday cheer!

We are open Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST. We will be closed December 24 to 26, 2014 as well as January 1st and 2nd, 2015.

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Introducing The People Power Award and the first winner! October 24 2014

 

Have you ever seen someone doing great work and think, “Man, I wish I could give that guy an award?”

That’s exactly what happened at here at the People Power Press office when we learned about Blake Morgan and the I Respect Music project. Blake is a recording artist, producer, and label owner who has created a campaign that asks people, including the music industry, digital economy and politicians, to treat artists like professionals and compensate them fairly. He is also asking artists to show respect and pride for themselves and their work.

And he is using buttons to spread this message, which is very cool!

This is a movement that the musicians and music lovers in our office really support. And others around the world are responding too. Just follow #IRespectMusic to find out!

Blake and his work with I Respect Music have inspired us to create the People Power Award. This is an annual award we will give to a grassroots organization that is working hard to make a difference and is using buttons to spread their message.

Many of our clients are charity, not-for-profit and campaign groups.

They often ask for discounts when placing orders. We want to help all the great work being done, especially with buttons, but to be a sustainable business we are not in the position to grant everyone discounts. We are hoping that with the People Power Award, we can have a greater impact for one group.

Along with a custom six-inch button award, the winner will receive a free order of custom buttons so that they can continue to spread their message! Through our promotion of the award and the recipient's work, we can help create greater awareness for the work they are doing.

Recipients of the award will demonstrate our own values here at People Power Press. We believe in the power of people working to create positive change in the world. Buttons are an effective, fun and low-cost way to share the spirit and message of any organization’s work.

So here’s to Blake Morgan and the #IRespectMusic campaign as the inaugural recipient of the People Power Award.

Congratulations and keep up the amazing work!

We cannot wait to start accepting submissions for next year’s award. You can find the submission forms here or contact us to find out more!

The People Power Award: For excellence in grassroots campaigning and inspiring positive change.

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Bomacaron est la première boutique en son genre au Québec. October 10 2014

fabriquons tous nos produits la première boutique Macarons Macarons Montreal Quebec

La boutique ouvre officiellement ses portes le 11 octobre 2014.

Bomacaron est la première boutique en son genre au Québec. C’est aussi l’atelier dans lequel nous fabriquons tous nos produits.

Voici quelques photos qui vous donneront un petit aperçu de l’endroit. N’hésitez pas à venir nous voir et nous questionner, il nous fait toujours plaisir de partager notre expertise et notre passion!

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Button Guy in Montreal at the new Custom Button Store in Quebec October 08 2014

I hopped in the car and took the trip to Montreal to see how Joel and Nic are doing setting up their custom button store in Montreal.

It’s very cool.  They are not setup yet but their opening party is this Friday in Montreal.  They’ve got it all: Button Making Machines, Button Parts and a really fast setup for Custom Buttons.  Nic is after all the fastest button maker on the planet!

Here are some pics:

custom buttons in Montreal

Button Store Montreal

Bomacaron Button Shop Quebec

Bomacaron Button Shop Quebec

 

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Buttons for Peace! September 19 2014

People Power Press is proud to be the official custom button maker of the 2014 #OneDayForPeace in Toronto - an event spreading hope, love, positivity, and awareness through music and in support of Amnesty International.

Hosted by the One Fire Movement (an organization dedicated to peace and change through art since 2009) and in collaboration with Canadian and international artists, One Day for Peace is launching as an annual celebration and taking place at Revival this year in Toronto to raise funds for Amnesty's great work in building a better tomorrow through a commitment to protecting and promoting human rights internationally.

Performers include:
- Ania Soul & The St. Royals
- Christian Bridges
- Brendan Albert
- The Responsables
- Jessica Speziale
- Dean West
- Alissa Vox Raw

Join in on the One Fire Movement and their message of peace at 8pm on Sunday, September 21st 2014
@ Revival (783 College Street)

Like One Fire on Facebook and tweet using the #OneDayForPeace hashtag on Twitter

Do you want buttons or other message boosting swag for your own fundraiser or music event? Send us your design or an idea you have. We can make them for you and workout solutions for any budget! You can even rent our machines and make the buttons yourself :)

For more info, visit our custom button page or give us a call.

 

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A new button store opening in Montreal. Custom Buttons galore on Ste Catherine Est! September 17 2014

Great news for  all button makers and button people in Montreal.  The guys from Pinscity and Bomacaron have got together to open a button store on Ste. Catherine East in Montreal.

Nic and Joel are making custom buttons right there in the store and both are experienced button makers who can help and advise on any button making project.  Ontario has had a button store for some time, in Toronto, but this is the first button store I have heard of in Quebec. They are stocking button makers, button machines and button parts right there in downtown Montreal.

This is what the store looked like in August 2014 and this is what it still looks like on Google street view.

New Button Store opening in Montreal

New Button Store opening in Montreal

Yes I don’t see a button shop either.  But this is Google street view, it’s always out of date!

The new store is the one with the “Bieres” sign and next time I’m in Montreal I’m going to swing by and see how Joel and Nic are doing.  I will provide a new update with the current picture soon.  In the meantime lets support these guys and their brave new venture!

Macaron Machine Inc.
dba Bomacaron.com & Pinscity.com
4204 Ste-Catherine East
Montreal, Quebec
H1V 1X3

Tel 514 334 7000  Ask for Nic or Joel  Checkout their websites, I know they are being updated but worth a look.  Joel’s site is  http://Bomacaron.com

and Nic’s site is http://PinsCity.com

They are coming together as Macaron Machine Inc.

 

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Buttons on the Fringe! August 19 2014

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 :)

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How to make a button with the new Multi Size Button Maker July 15 2014

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!

 

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National Bike Day - and our new Button of the week May 21 2014

"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!

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Victoria day buttons- May long weekend! May 15 2014

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

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Sakura in High Park - Cherry blossom buttons! May 12 2014

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 :-)

 

 

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Mother's day custom buttons and Rosettes! May 08 2014

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.  

 

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2014 Sochi Winter Olympic custom buttons February 07 2014

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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Bright interactive button installation for Not Myself Today - A mental health button campaign. January 20 2014

In the summer of 2012, Blok Design took over Yonge and Dundas square in Toronto. They created a a button installation of 31,000 buttons, over 30 ft long to bring awareness to the Not Myself Today” Campaign  for Partners for Mental Health an organization dedicated to transforming mental health in Canada.

The installation was intended to draw people into a conversation about mental health by encouraging people to select buttons directly off the wall, describing various moods.  Buttons ranged in emotions-'up, moody, wired, edgy' etc. 

 


 

Mental Health Campaign Buttons

 

As well as being brilliant and effective, these mental health campaign buttons looked extremely cool!  What a fantastic idea.


Mental health Button Campaign
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Who's going out for New Year's eve? Throwing a party? Make 2014 buttons! December 20 2013

Add a festive touch to your celebration with these glittery New Year's buttons! 

2014 New year's magnets and buttons

 

The sparkly buttons are made by printing the text directly on a sheet of mylar, being see-through, you can use any shiny paper you'd like underneath.  Another great option to recycle wrapping paper. 

Don't want to pin on to your clothing?  Use a rare earth magnet back and a flat back on your button, and no holes in your fancy clothes! 

 New Year's buttons

 

Let our New Year's resolution be this: we will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word Goran Persson

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

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Pretty button ornaments! December 17 2013

Have a button maker?  Why not start a new tradition and make some fancy button ornaments over the holidays? A great way to recycle some pretty wrapping paper and easy to make. 

These ornaments pictured are made using a 1.75" button maker with a keychain back, chain tabs (without the chain), some metallic wrapping paper and a light mesh wrapping paper.   The image is printed on Dura-lar (available through our store) instead of paper.  

 

 Christmas button ornament with Duralar

 

Christmas button ornament with Duralar

What you need:

 

Shell and keychain backs

Chain tabs

Your design, or paper

Ornament hook

 

The other way to make Christmas ornaments is covered here

 

Santa Christmas ornament with button maker

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