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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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