Buttons, Badges & Pins - People Power Blog
If you have a FLEX1000 or FLEX2000 hobby button maker and have lost the instruction manual that was sent with your start-up kit, don't worry! You can now download the instruction manual for each model here.
Just a note about any reference to rings. Our newer models don't require the plastic rings so if you see any reference to them, but you never received the rings, don't worry. Your version of the machine does not use plastic rings. Not sure, give us a call and we can help you out.
Keep it paperless and access online whenever you need it or print it out if you'd like a tangible copy. The choice is now yours.
Even if you don't have one of our all-metal FLEX machines you can take a peek to walk through the steps and see how it works!
And for the visual folks out there, here are the Button Guy videos showing you the FLEX1000 and FLEX2000 button makers in action. See how both hobby pin machines work:
Fun Giveaway Idea for Spring Trade Shows with 2.5” x 3.5” Rectangle Magnets and Pocket Mirrors May 09 2017
Hooray, it’s Spring!
Besides warmer weather, it is also time for Spring trade shows and the start of a busy wedding season. Want a great, fun giveaway idea? 2.5” x 3.5” Rectangle Magnets and Pocket Mirrors are the answer!
TWO new Button Guy videos!
Learn how simple it is to make 2.5” x 3.5” Rectangle Magnets and Pocket Mirrors with two new videos from The Button Guy! The first video walks you through making 2.5” x 3.5” Peel n' Stick Rectangle Magnets.
The second new Button Guy video shows the step-by-step process of making 2.5” x 3.5” Rectangle Purse/Pocket Mirrors. Making mirrors is fun, but there are a few tricks here that will help you be successful.
Why this size?
The 2.5" x 3.5" rectangle is great size for making magnets and mirrors because you get maximum surface space to display your artwork. With a bigger mirror you have a practical item to sell or give away to Spring trade show and wedding guests. People will actually want to stick these mirrors in their purse or bag to use all the time!
To get started you will need the 2.5” x 3.5” Rectangle Button Maker Kit. This machine also comes with pinback parts. To make magnets, you will need to order 2.5” x 3.5” Rectangle Peel n’ Stick Magnets and to make pocket mirrors, you will need to order 2.5” x 3.5” Rectangle Pocket Mirrors.
If you are loving this fun giveaway idea, but not ready to get your own button maker or don't have the time to make them - we did say busy wedding season - then we can do it for you! We have many design options available so you can send us your artwork or we can design from scratch or we can do something in between.
See the options for custom 2.5" x 3.5" peel n' stick rectangle magnets.
Check out the choices for custom 2.5" x 3.5" rectangle pocket/purse mirrors here.
Making Metallic Silver & Gold Buttons with Dura-Lar April 26 2017
We're really excited about making metallic gold and silver buttons with Dura-Lar!!
Using Dura-Lar Film is the easiest way to make Do-It-Yourself buttons that look lavish and luxurious.
The SILVER & GOLD DURA-LAR used in this video is reversible, with gold on one side and silver on the other. The Metallic Dura-Lar Foil is 2mm thick, comes in standard 8.5 x 11" sheets, and has an EXTREMELY reflective mirror-like finish. Doesn't that sound awesome for a button??!
**When making Dura-Lar Buttons, it is the Glossy or Matte Dura-Lar that goes through the printer, and NOT the metallic Dura-Lar! The metallic Dura-Lar foil goes behind the transparent Dura-Lar film. **
Curious to see some other examples of buttons made with Dura-Lar Film and reflective Metallic Dura-Lar Foil? Here are some older blog posts that feature buttons with special finishes! Which one do you like the best?Instructional Video: Making Buttons with Dura-Lar
Say it With a 2” x 3” Rectangle Fridge Magnet: Great for Personal Statement Gifts, Promotional Giveaways and More! April 24 2017
The 2" x 3” Rectangle Fridge Magnet is a great versatile choice. A popular size for family photos and personal statement gifts, this magnet is a favourite souvenir shop idea and for real estate promotional giveaways too.
See the process of making a 2" x 3” Rectangle Fridge Magnet in this new video from The Button Guy. This video will show you important tips to successfully make magnets with the 2” x 3” rectangle button maker.
This essential advice includes how to cut your artwork, how to properly apply the peel n’ stick magnet and why it is important to let your magnets sit on a flat surface for 24 hours before hanging them on another surface.
Once you see how easy it is to make 2" x 3” Rectangle Fridge Magnets you will be able to get busy. Some projects include:
- Decorating your locker or fridge with family photos and other art
- Making personalized statement gifts for friends and family
- Creating promotional giveaways for your business to hand out to clients and at trade shows and conferences
- Designing your artwork like a postcard for your city's attractions for a great souvenir shop idea
To get started you will need the 2 x 3” Rectangle Button Maker Kit. This machine will also make pinback buttons so you can really have some fun! You will also need all the supplies to make 2 x 3” Rectangle Peel n’ Stick Magnets.
Loving the idea of these fridge magnets, but not ready to invest in a button maker? We can make Custom 2 x 3” Rectangle Magnets for you with the design of your choice. Check out the other custom magnet sizes we have available.
Standard 2" Buttons: What's up with the Plastic Back? March 01 2017
If you've ever looked into getting a Standard 2" Round Button Maker, you may have noticed that the 2" Pinned Back is a little different than every other size of button. It's made of black plastic instead of metal.
There is reasoning behind the 2" Plastic Back, and you're gonna find out all about it!
First, start off with this video on "How to Make 2 Inch Round Buttons with Plastic Pinned Backs" courtesy of The Button Guy!
HOW TO MAKE 2" BUTTONS WITH PLASTIC PINNED BACKS
Now that you know how a Standard 2" Button is Made, we'll fill you in on the mysterious black plastic backing!
THIRD PRESS OPERATION
When a button is made with a plastic backing, the edge of the button gets crimped at a 45 degree angle. For a pinback button, this 45 degree crimp will hold the button together no problem. The problem with this crimp becomes obvious if you try and mount that button on a plaque, scrap book, or card. It just doesn't lay flat!
The Standard 1", 2", and 6" Round Buttons can be subject to a "Third Press Operation" patented by Tecre. This simply means that the the button gets pressed one extra time in the the pick up die, which flattens the edge completely. The button, now with a flattened back, can be adhered to whatever you like using double sided sticky foam disks or other adhesives.
So now you know what's up the the plastic back! Yay 2 inch buttons :)
Video: How to Make DIY Button Bracelet Charms February 20 2017
In a recent post, we featured Magnetic Button Bracelets with 1" Flatback Button Charms.
There are plenty of Charm Collections available for all of our magnetic jewelry, but it's so fun and satisfying to make a collection of your own!
Make charms with your initials, pics of your pet, or just a pretty design that you doodled. There's no wrong way to DIY your own button charms, but there's definitely a correct way to make them!
If you like the idea of DIY 1" Flatback Button Charms but would rather have us make them for ya, that's no problem at all!
Just give us a call at 1-866-996-1984 or email email@example.com for a quote :)
Button Making Business: Convention Tips from a Pro February 08 2017
Fan conventions seem to get bigger every year and art buttons are one of the hottest artist alley sellers. Whether you are ordering custom buttons made with your artwork or firing up your own button press to make your own, buttons are a great and low-cost way to get your art in the hands of your con-going customers.
We get lots of requests for tips and advice for selling buttons at conventions and although we dipped our toes in at FanExpo 2013 we asked artist and convention veteran Allie of "Allieeeps!" for her top Artist Alley Button tips!
PPP: How long have you been doing artist Alleys at Conventions?
Allie: I've been doing artist alley for 10 years now and selling buttons for the last 9.
PPP: You sell prints and other art as well, but buttons have become a big part of your art business!
A: Over time they have definitely become my biggest sellers! Which is great because they're my favorite thing to do. People are more inclined to spend a few dollars on a button than many dollars on a print.
PPP: We get a lot of questions about what con-goers are likely to respond to art-wise. What kind of artwork/characters do you find are the most popular ones (original vs. popular characters)? What sizes work best for fan buttons?
A: Pre-existing characters outsell original characters by an extremely large margin. But it doesn't necessarily follow that a popular thing will outsell an unpopular thing. Game of Thrones is extremely popular for instance but my GoT buttons never do well. And some buttons that were popular a year ago are impossible to sell now. At the same time, nostalgia can be a big factor in sales, and if you do something lesser known you might be the only table that has it and therefore less competition. My best advice is to make buttons for what YOU love because then even if they don't sell well you'll have a fun time making them!
PPP: Can fans find your buttons online?
-Yes I sell buttons online. I'm definitely a smaller seller though, I know many people who are always having to restock because their online store is so successful. I'm not sure what the secret is but I don't mind making very few sales online, it keeps my non-work life from getting too crazy.
PPP: This is really great advice for seasoned sellers and newbies alike! Can we shout out your favorite convention to table at?
A: Favorite convention goes to Calgary Expo. It's massive but not overwhelming and the people are so nice and excited about the artists alley. Plus it's always exciting to get to travel a little for a con.
Make Your Own Button Bottle Opener on a 2-1/4" Machine January 31 2017
There are lots of neat things that can be made on a Standard 2-1/4" Round Button Maker.
This How-To Video show you Step-By-Step How to Make Custom Button Bottle Openers on a Standard 2-1/4" Round Hand Press.
The instructions cover all types of bottle openers which include Metal Pocket Bottle Openers, Metal Keyring Bottle Openers, Black Pocket Bottle Openers, Black Keyring Bottle Openers, and Fridge Magnet Bottle Openers. Take a look!
To order parts for Button Bottle Openers, just go to the product page for Parts & Supplies for Standard 2-1/4" Button Makers. Click the dropdown menu entitled "what do you need?" and then pick your parts!
2-1/4" Button Bottle Opener Kits come with everything you need to make bottle openers (mylar, shell, bottle opener back, keyring, etc.) and are available in packs of 100, 500, and 1000 units.
We can make your Custom Button Bottle Openers too!
Get in touch with us at +1 (866) 996-1984 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a quote!
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 email@example.com 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 :)
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!
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!
How-To: Design-Your-Own Bridal Shower Buttons September 26 2016
A perfect way to honour guests and attendants on your special day - and keep track of who's-who at a party for newcomers - beautiful Bridal Shower Buttons!
Buttons can be designed to match your wedding or party colours and make a great way to help break the ice!
Design-Your-Own Bridal Shower Buttons in Button Designer
Before you start you might want to familiarize yourself with Button Designer by watching this video tutorial - it will guide you through the basics of designing a button and help you with the following steps:
|1. Choose Your Artwork: Find a background and save it to your computer. I chose this one because it has a nice framing element that will showcase the name. A great place for free pattern and backgrounds is Public Domain Pictures|
|2. Upload Your Artwork: Create a FREE account on the Button Guy Online Button Designer. Choose which size of button you'd like to make and upload your pattern.|
3. Design Your Button: Choose which lines of text you would like to be visible and pick a font and a font colour. Make sure it stands out against the background.
(Tip: Change the background colour from the default Yellow to a colour that matches your uploaded artwork)
4. Save Your Designs: Once you have finished adding a name click the [Save Button] Button, your design is now saved and you can change the text without uploading the background again.
Repeat these steps until you have all your buttons - you can see them all in "Buttons Overview".
5.Your Buttons Are Ready to Make! If you are making your own buttons at home you can follow the steps on Button Designer to print out your own artwork - or you can order custom buttons with your designs from us!
Great Ideas: Displays for your Button Business September 19 2016
We get a lot of question from our busy button makers about running your own button business and one of them is about displaying buttons for sale. We have some bright ideas no matter what size, style and type of product you're making!
Bulletin boards are a great way to display buttons because you can stick the pins right in! You can also DIY a bulletin board by covering foam board with fabric or paper, you could even add a fancy frame!
This kind of display works well if you have lots of different designs to choose from!
We found that the best way to display magnets is by having them do what they do best - STICK! Buttons look great displayed on a board - you can even make your own out of a cookie sheet. Since magnets stick to almost anything metal you can get creative - why not display them on a locker door or even a paint can?
If you have lots of different designs that you want to categorize, or lots of different types of products that won't all fit on a board - why not display your buttons in a button binder! We've made this one from page protectors designed for business cards which will fit anything up to a 2.5" button. The pockets will fit things that are harder to stick onto a board, like pocket mirrors, keychains, and bottle openers. If you choose a clear type, you'll be able to see easily what the back of each item is like!
This kind of display would be great for conventions too! You can use dividers to section your binder by theme and customers can browse it like a catalogue.
Bowls, Baskets and Bins:
If you have lots of different designs or items that you want to mix together, don't forget the tried and true basket-o-buttons! Lots of folks like to rummage through a little bowl to pick a favorite design (or two, or three!). Displaying your buttons in a cute container is a perfect solution if you're not very crafty, or ran out of time to come up with a different brilliant idea! Just make sure the pins on your buttons are closed - ouch!
Cool for School (And Lots More!): Zipper Pulls from People Power Press September 13 2016
Want to teach your button machine something versatile? Try Versaback Zipper Pulls! Zipper pulls are perfect for backpacks, pencil cases, suitcases and gym bags! But they don't just pull zippers! They also make great keychains, ID tags, decorations, luggage tags, and even gift tags!
Zipper pulls work best with Versaback inserts which are compatible with standard 1", 1.25" and 1.5" parts for Tecre and Flex machines. If you're already rocking Versabacks in your machine you can find "Just the Pulls" here.
Ready to try making your own? Check out our Video Tutorial:
What's your favorite pair of shoes?
Whether it's a crisp new pair of summer sneakers, or that trusty pair that have been through thick and thin (and a puddle or two...), it's nice to show your shoes that they're appreciated.
The best way to say "thanks shoes," is to make them a button of their very own!
These snazzy DIY Shoelace Buttons are sure to put a spring in your step :)
If you want to try your hand at this great DIY project, take a peek at the How-To Video below courtesy of The Button Guy!
The Shoelace Buttons come in a ton of different sizes and all of the parts you need to make your own can be found on our website!
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN "FLAT" & "INDENTED" SHOE LACE BUTTONS?
"Flat" Sneaker Buttons have a smooth, flat back from which the "shoelace clip" protrudes. These are great if you and your buttons like to let loose and dangle and jangle about.
"Indented" Sneaker Buttons have a recessed back, so the clip sits deep into the button. This, in turn, pulls your shoelace tighter and keeps the button nice and snug. These are great if you and your buttons like a nice, orderly, approach to self expression.
Keychains 101 - Part 2: Types of Keychains July 22 2016
INTRODUCTION: WHAT TYPES OF KEYCHAINS DO WE CARRY?
In Keychains 101 - Part 1, we talked about the difference between versa back and slot back keychains. Now we're ready for the fun stuff!
We carry 8 different types of keychain closures, all of which are in the image above.
The Mini Split-Ring Keychain can be used with a Jump Ring, or a Plastic Tab. They are available for keychains made with 1", 1-1/4" and 1-1/2" button parts. It's basically just a wee little version of the standard Split-Ring Keychain.
The Split-Ring Keychain is super versatile and can be used with any size button keychain. The smaller button sizes often use a Mini-Split Ring because it's more proportional to the smaller button parts. Button Keychains that are 1-3/4", 2-1/4", 2-1/2", 3" and 3-1/2" in size use the Split-Ring along with a Tab and Slot Back.
The Loop Keychain is one of the fancier styles, but it's also really practical. Available for 1", 1-1/4", and 1-1/2" buttons, the Loop can be used with just a Versa Back (pictured above), or with a jump ring.
The Pull-Apart Keychain is unique because the part that attaches to the keys can be removed from the rest of the keychain with nothing more than a click :) Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 1-866-996-1984 for details.
The C-Hook Keychain has a carabiner style closure, is super secure, and is another keychain style that allows you to add and remove your keys with ease. Available for 1", 1-1/4" and 1-1/2" button keychains.
The Snap Hook Keychain closes with a hinged snap hook (sort of like those airtight swing top jars). This type of keychian is available for 1", 1-1/4", and 1-1/2" buttons and is used with a versa back. The Snap Hook is also compatible with 2" round buttons, as well as 2-1/2" X 3-1/2" rectangular buttons when used with Welded Up Eyes.
The Snake Keychain is essentially the same as a Snap Hook Keychain, but for use with larger buttons ranging in size from 1-3/4", 2-1/4", 2-1/2", 3", and 3-1/2". The Snake keychian is attached to a Slotted Back with a "Tab".
Last, but certainly not least, is The Link Keychain. This style has a really classic keychain look, and is comprised of a Split Ring on the end of a metal chain. For button keychains 1", 1-1/4", and 1-1/2" in size, the Link Keychain can be attached to a versa back with a jump ring. If you're using button parts 1-3/4", 2-1/4", 2-1/2", 3", or 3-1/2" in size, it attaches to a slot back via a Tab.
Hope that this post about the types of keychains that we offer was helpful :)
If you have any questions about the products you read about here or any products available on peoplepowerpress.org, feel free to give us a call at 1 (866) 996-1984 or email us at email@example.com
If How-To Videos are more your style, you can find lots on The Button Guy YouTube Channel!
Get Patio-Ready with DIY and Custom Coasters July 07 2016
Summer is here! And for us, that means sitting in the backyard and enjoying some sunshine with a lemonade in hand.
You can get patio-perfect too with some summer button coasters! All you need are the parts, a press and coaster die insert (also available with in-store rentals!) and a little bit of creativity to make the perfect summer craft!
This How-To video will guide you on your coaster-making journey:
DIY and Custom coasters are the perfect thing for guests to take home at weddings or family reunions. A set of coasters would make an amazing gift for a special occasion or housewarming! We even have customers who have small businesses selling the coasters they make at craft shows and markets!
If you make some coasters, buttons, or magnets that you think the world should see, post a picture on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and tag us :) We love to show off the creations of our fellow buttoneers!
to make coasters with your 3.5" button machine you will also need a Coaster Die Insert.
Introducing Make-A-Button at People Power Press June 27 2016
Now whether you want to Make-A-Button or rent a machine in-store, there is a great place for you to work on your button creations. Don't worry, the kids table is still around for all of our young button enthusiasts too!
Machine Tune-Ups and Maintenance Services May 10 2016
Every once in a while your trusty hand press might benefit from a bit of TLC.
People Power Press can help you keep that machine in tip-top condition with our maintenance services :) If your machine needs a little more than a simple tune-up, there is also advanced maintenance available.
Below is a checklist that's a great reference if you're attempting a tune-up on your own. The machine diagram below will help you figure out where all of the parts are on your machine:
- Check, lubricate and tighten top bolts & shim - silicon spray
- Check Lubricate and tighten handle - silicon spray
- Lubricate beveled edge on crimp die - silicon stick
- Lubricate top die - silicon stick
- Lubricate between die table and base plate - lithium grease
- Check and tighten brass bolts and flat head bolts on underside of base plate
Next time your machine is in need of a tune-up feel free to get in touch :) We can help you place an order for maintenance services, or guide you through any tune-up troubles you may experience!
What Magnet is Best For You? May 02 2016
"I should try making magnets instead of pinback buttons."
If you're a button maker, this phrase has probably crossed your mind before. It's easy to say, but when it comes down to it, branching out from pinback buttons to the world of magnets can be a little overwhelming.
Below is a bit of information about each type of magnet that we carry: Peel n' Stick Magnets, Ceramic Magnets, and Rare Earth Magnets. Each type is used / made in a different way. Being aware of the differences will make it super easy to select what magnet is best for your project!
- Unlike the Peel n' Stick, the Ceramic Magnet uses a collet to hold the magnet inside the button shell. It's made like a 1" Lock Pin Button, but the magnet is placed INSIDE the collet before pressing.
- Can hold up to 10 pieces of paper on the fridge.
- Available for making magnets in the following sizes:
- Rare Earth Magnets are not intended for making "fridge magnets."
- To be used as a pinback alternative, allowing one to wear a button without putting a hole in their clothing.
- Used in combination with flatback buttons, and placed on the INSIDE of clothing to hold the button on.
- Available in the following sizes: 1/4" x 1/8", 1/2" x 1/8", 3/4" x 1/8", and 1" x 1/8"
- THESE MAGNETS ARE SUPER STRONG!
With this teeny bit of product knowledge, selecting the best magnet for you will now be easy-peasy! Added bonus: With all of these newly acquired magnet facts, you'll be a hoot at parties :)
Happy Magnet Making Everyone!
Dura-Lar: Mylar's Fancy Cousin April 20 2016
If you make your own buttons, you probably know that mylar is an important part of the button making process.
Dura-Lar is a Mylar substitute that you can print onto directly. The finished products vary depending on how you chose to use the Dura-Lar, but in this case, it was used to produce stunning, super shiny buttons! Dura-Lar can be printed on in almost any laser printer.
All of the colours you see are printed directly onto the Dura-Lar, and the metallic silver, is actually just the shell of the button.
Is There a Button Shell Stuck in my Machine? March 22 2016
Have you ever gotten a button part stuck in your machine?
It happens to the best of us, and can be really frustrating. However, there are a few tried and true techniques to getting that button part UN-jammed in no time!
Most machine jams will probably be the result of using a paper that is too thick, or putting more than 1 shell in the die. Though there are lots of different things that COULD jam a machine, these two scenarios are the most common.
HOW TO AVOID JAMMING YOUR MACHINE.
Though this instructional video makes is super easy to un-jam your machine, its a lot easier to NOT get a machine jammed in the first place. Here's some tips on how to avoid a jam all together.
- The paper is too thick: The best paper to use for button making is your good ole' fashion printer paper. If you try and use paper of a heavier weight, you run the risk of getting the mylar, paper, and shell stuck in the top die when pressing your button. Stick with a paper that is around 28 Lbs and you should be golden!
- There were 2 shells smooshed together and it looked like there was only 1 shell: Sometimes the shells like to piggy-back on each other. Though that sounds kind of cute, this double shell will inevitably lead to a jam, or at the very least, a button than doesn't get crimped properly. If you think there may be two shells stuck together, just throw them against a hard flat surface. Industry secret: the floor works GREAT! The impact will make the shells come apart, no tools or elbow grease required!
Did You Know that The Button Guy is on YouTube? March 08 2016
Last week we posted about Button Designer, a great free resource from The Button Guy.
Whether you need to know how to use, make, fix, or design something button related, there is bound to be a video that can help you out!
Here are just a few featured videos:
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If you're looking for a "How To" video that isn't featured on this blog post, check out The Button Guy's full YouTube Channel!
Don't worry about asking us a question that you thing seems strange or silly. If it's button related, GO FOR IT! We love helping our customers have the best button making experience possible :) YAY!
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