Buttons, Badges & Pins - People Power Blog
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.
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 But this is Google street view, it’s always out of date!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
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.
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
Want your own custom buttons for plays, improv, festivals, musical shows, fundraisers, or any other event?
Making buttons is easy with this simple, solid metal, multi size button maker. A new multi die or multiple size button maker that works!
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.
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.
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:
The positioning ring
The pressing die
White plastic spacer rings for 2-1/4″ only
Button parts – Remember each die set will make a specific size button.
Match your buttons to the die set you are using.
And you will need your button image or artwork cut and ready to go.
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.
Note! Adding the white plastic spacer ring is only necessary for the 2-1/4″ die set.
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.
"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:
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!
"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."
"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
And for more awesome bike buttons, visit our Pinterest board!
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!
Our custom buttons of the week are Queen Victoria buttons and are available for free at the shop this week.
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!
To celebrate Sakura- we're giving away cherry blossom buttons as our button of the week! Come in and get a free sakura button :-)
Mother's day custom buttons and Rosettes! May 08 2014
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.
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.
As well as being brilliant and effective, these mental health campaign buttons looked extremely cool! What a fantastic idea.
Add a festive touch to your celebration with these glittery New Year's 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!
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!
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.
What you need:
Shell and keychain backs
Your design, or paper
The other way to make Christmas ornaments is covered here.
Comicon! This weekend! December 10 2013
This weekend we're super excited to have a booth at Comicon Toronto where we will have a photo booth for portraits, and be creating custom buttons for you, on the spot.
Comicon is at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (South Building) on Sunday, December 15th, 2013 from 11am to 5pm. It's a special holiday edition of Toronto Comicon / AnimCon. Admission is only $10 at the door and that gets you into BOTH events! Two Show for the price of one! Kids 12 and under are FREE with paying adult.
Our team will have various sizes of custom buttons for you to make, as large as 6" buttons for photos. We will also have our gumball vending machines for buttons, and button makers of all sizes. (If you are behind on your Christmas shopping, pick up a button maker for someone you love!)
Here we were this past summer at Fan Expo, and if that was any indication, this weekend should be a blast. We'll have a similar set up, and a photo booth! Event photos of Comicon to follow...
Come by and say hi, get a photo taken, and get your art on!
Community Bicycle Network celebrates 20 years! December 05 2013
Our friends at Community Bicycle Network are celebrating their 20th year! Congratulations on your awesome, award winning service!!!
Their vision is:
- bicycles are used to experience everyday life
- bicycles, parts & accessories can be purchased affordably without sales tax, encouraging sustainable mobility
- used bicycles can be repaired, resold and re-used or striped for parts and recycled in an environmentally-friendly manner
Come help them celebrate 20 years on Friday, December 6th at 8:00pm at 761 Queen Street West in Toronto!
Here's to another 20 years! And if you're at their anniversary party, you can get one these snazzy buttons!
I want to ride my bicycle!
Help with a sticky Graphic Punch for Button Making December 03 2013
Graphic punches are used for circle cutting. A question we get over and over is why does my graphic punch get stuck, or not work as cleanly as it should, and what can I do about it?
Usually this is caused by cutting stickers. This can can cause the punch to get sticky or gummy. There is an easy and low maintenance fix for this. You do NOT need to take it apart to clean it.
Take a piece of of tin/metal which you can buy at any hardware store, or use the shell part for a rectangle or square button if you have one. (also known as a shim.)
Just slide it in the punch where you would normally put the paper.
...and quickly insert it a few times to get rid of the gum.
This should clear off any of the stickiness and start cutting properly again. You should do this periodically to ensure the sharp cutting of your graphic punch.
Cauldron's Brazil's lost Tour 2013 November 29 2013
We have some friends in the band Cauldron who are currently finishing up a Brazilian tour. Check out the custom band buttons that they made!
These buttons are METAL!!! :-)
Their 6 city tour details are:
Nov. 26 - Belo Horizonte, Brazil - Matriz
Nov. 27 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Teatro Odisseia
Nov. 28 - Sao Paulo, Brazil - Manifesto
Nov. 29 - Curitiba, Brazil - Hangar Music Hall
Nov. 30 - Porto Alegre, Brazil - Beco 203
Dec. 01 - Hortolandia, Brazil - Barka-Mada
So if you're in Hortolandia, get yourself to Barka-Mada to see the awesomeness in person!
Congratulations to our very own designer Mariel! She made pretty custom wedding buttons! November 06 2013
Our super talented button designer Mariel was recently married to Patrick and she designed these fantastic custom buttons for her wedding.
Mariel said that her personalized wedding buttons were a huge success with her guests and we can understand why, they look amazing! She's a skilled illustrator and the button design really captures the essence of the happy couple. For more of Mariel's work check out her Love story comics
The wedding was in Ottawa, and the lovely wedding photos are courtesy of Mondays with Mac Photography.
We wish her all the best and hope she is enjoying her honeymoon!
Rusty Buttons? Why do my buttons rust? Button Rust? September 20 2013
Quick question....I've been making buttons for a while now using a Tecre model 100 and their parts. I've noticed that after like 6+ months, my buttons are rusting around the inside edges when you look at them from the back....what causes this and how can I prevent it? Thanks!
Buttons are tin and will rust very quickly.
I of course don’t know your specific situation but do you do outdoor events? Do you keep your buttons in plastic buckets? If on the end of a humid day you put a lid on and seal your buttons in plastic they will rust. Of course from rain but even just from humidity.
This is a good reason to save and collect those silica gel sachets that come with all kinds of products. Chuck some of these in with your buttons when you store them after a humid day and don’t seal the boxes up. If you leave stuff in your car overnight or store buttons in an unheated garage get a heater and/or dehumidifier – or bring them into the house.
Button Vending Machines – Put your button sales on automatic – Gumball machines for buttons! September 07 2013
Selling your button designs in stores can be a great way to launch your button business. But buttons are a low cost item that can walk very easily if you have them in a jar or on a board. Packaging buttons is a good way to go. You can make sets of matching buttons and put them on a display card or 4 in a bag with a header card. I will be writing a separate article about button packaging in due course. Another way to ensure you don’t loose buttons to pilfering is sell them using a button vending machine.
These machines are traditional gumball machines converted to take capsules. You can then add multiple buttons in a capsule or also put a special offer or a coupon code in the capsule. People enjoy putting in a coin and turning the handle to see what they are going to get. There is a nostalgia surrounding the gumball machines. Everyone remembers them from their childhood. Button vending machines work for you whilst you are somewhere else, maybe making or designing buttons, maybe at home tucked up in bed with a good book. Put your button sales on Automatic!
This is the flagship! The Beaver Meridian Gumball Machine is a very cool retro style solid metal machine in bright red and designed like a globe. I think it looks very cool. As with all these machines there are some options for the coin mechanism. You can go for a coin mechanism that takes a quarter, two quarters or even 4 quarters. If your in Canada you can have a loonie or toonie coin mechanism. You can even have 2 x $1 or 2 x $2. All these machines also have the option for TOKENS or FREE VEND options.
The above Button Vending Machine – Meridian is quite pricy ($600 – $800) and at 70 lbs it’s quite expensive to ship. But there are other options:
The Northern Beaver takes 1″ or 2″ or 3″ capsules. You can fit 3 1″ buttons or magnets in a 1″ acorn capsule. You can fit 3 buttons or magnets up to 1-3/4″ in a 2″ acorn capsule. The 3″ capsules are a quarter each so I find them a bit expensive but they do take a few 2-1/4″ buttons. The 2″ acorn capsules are only 5 cents each, the 1″ acorn capsules go down to 3 cents each. I see more opportunity in those than the 3″ buttons.
The Round Beaver has all the coin mechanism options but is only available for 1″ vending capsules. The stand is also an optional extra. They sit nicely on the counter and come with fixtures for bolting down or attaching a security wire (as do all Beaver vending machines). The Round Beaver you can pickup for around $150.
Marketing and promotion options using a Button Vending Machine.
Above I’m talking about selling buttons but there are also other uses. These machines have interchangeable coin mechanisms. Those coin mechanisms can have some interesting possibilities. The FREE VEND option is a coin mechanism that requires no coin. Just turn the handle and out pops the capsule. Why is this useful?
Think of putting a machine in a local venue like an art gallery or a café. When someone turns the handle they get a free button and an ad. That ad could lead potential clients to your store, your website or to your latest special offer. A great way to get customers coming to you.
What about TOKEN VENDING? Our mechanism takes a 0.984″ token which is a pretty standard token size. You can get tokens personalised, stamped with your website or your logo. You can send a token to your mailing list, give a token out at trade shows or even walk the streets and hand out your token. It will bring people to your store or event. Event and party organisers can use tokens to distribute “random” capsules that are a kind of lottery. What about a party where you have to find the person with the matching button. The Button Vending Machine keeps the mix random.
How do I promote my website or business with a Button Vending Machine.
Depends on your business ….. but let’s say you have a bicycle store for example. Come up with 5 or 10 slogans about cycling. I love my bike! Cyclists do it better! Watch for cyclists! etc. Make some cool designs, add a button or magnet business card so there are 2 buttons in the capsule. Get a Button Vending Machine with a $1 mechanism and set it up in your cycle shop. Your customers will like the slogan, buy the button and take home your business card for the fridge. If it cost a $1 they will appreciate it – If you give them away we all know how many end up in the garbage! Entertain your customers AND promote your business. The $1 coins will pay for the buttons and the machine in no time. This method can be adapted to almost ANY BUSINESS and it works.
You're thinking of getting some customized buttons made. These maybe photo buttons with a text or buttons with your own design. If you are looking to get 100 custom buttons and pins or even 250 custom made buttons it's not really worthwhile to rent. You might as well let someone else make the buttons for you. You can easily order custom buttons online with us at People Power Press or with Button-Designer from The Button Guy.
But if you are thinking of making customized buttons, custom photo buttons or any custom buttons and pins in a quantity of maybe 500 or 1000 then renting a button maker could be a serious, easy custom button alternative. This could save you a lot of $$$$. Basically you supply the labor and the customized button design and we supply the machine and the button parts. If you have lots of time, volunteers or workers with not enough to do renting a button maker could just be the way to get your custom pins buttons at a much better price. Here are some links:
Renting a Button Maker Checkout pricing and details about renting!
Customized Buttons Checkout customized buttons from People Power Press - We can customize for you!
Custom Photo Buttons Checkout larger customized photo buttons and add text to your photo
Customized buttons online Try the free online button designer and customize your own buttons and pins!
The great thing about buttons is the low cost of the button parts if you make them yourself. If you are doing an event regularly every year then buy a button maker and you will find all kinds of occasions to get the button maker out. With standard button parts at somewhere between 6 cents and 12 cents each you can have a lot of fun with a button maker for a very small amount of money!
Mike Gagnon: Freelance Comic Creator helped out at FanExpo August 29 2013
Mike Gagnon: Super Hero Buttons
A friend of ours, Mike Gagnon helped out this year at FanExpo by drawing people as super hero's for their button. It was a great sucess - people were lined up for the opportunity. Mike is a freelance comic creator. To see more of his fantastic work visit his website here.
Legends in Our Own Minds - Tales of a Dragon Boat Team August 28 2013
Our First year @ Fan Expo August 27 2013
Do you do the Zombie Walk? I Hate Todd is looking for you... August 21 2013
Local Toronto Band I Hate Todd is filming their first music video for their soon to be released single "Zombie Love" and they need Zombies (and crew). For more information or to be a part of their video check them out on Facebook. Plus a $5 donation gets you an exclusive, limited “zombie” edition I Hate Todd fundraising button with the proceeds helping toward funding the video.
Sounds like a great cause for getting your Zombie on!!
Want to be in the "Zombie Love" video? : http://allevents.in/events/ZOMBIES-I-Hate-Todd-needs-YOU-for-a-music-video/463856917044462
Hanging out with the button supplies at People Power Press! August 15 2013
Pancho! taking a break with some Button Supplies at the People Power Press Button Factory.
Put your button sales on automatic! Use a simple machine that safeguards your art and collects the cash for you. Whilst your sleeping, in the bath, in the bar. I mean it! Earn money while you sleep with your custom button designs.
Custom Buttons in a Button Vending Machine - Simple but effective!
What a Great Idea! Sell your own custom buttons in a Button Vending Machine. Our shop is currently loaded up with everything to get you started: Let someone (or something) else do the selling whilst you are creating your art. Stay in creative mode whilst the business side takes care of itself. Use a simple button vending machine to sell your designs.
Remember those bubblegum machines when you were a kid? Well this is the same but it's not for selling gum. It's a machine for turning your designs into cash. A custom button vending machine for your art and designs - it's personal!
Checkout this link. You can order just a machine or you can order a machine already filled with your designs in capsules ready to go. Put your custom button sales on automatic.
You choose the sale price: 25 cents to $2. You choose button quantity 1 - 3. You choose button, magnet, key-chain, but don't forget to include your business card and a special offer or two. The silent salesman will still be working for you.
If you've got good designs, we've got good button vending machines to sell them.
Please see website for more details!