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Daily Deals for the Month of March 2017 March 01 2017
Exciting news! Daily Deals are going to be a bit different for the month of March and beyond :) Now, each day of the week will have its own Daily Button Deal that will last all month long. So every Monday in the month will have the same deal, same for Tuesday, etc.
This lets you have a little more time to get in on the Daily Deal action. If you miss a day, you still have plenty of time to catch the deal before it's gone forever...
Also, the discount is now built right into the price, so it's easier than ever to save!
Deal for All Mondays in March:
Buy 2 Packs of Pre-Cut White Paper Circles for Button Making and Get 1 Pack Free
Deal for All Tuesdays in March:
Buy Everything for 500 Standard 1-3/4" Ceramic Magnets and get a 25 pack of Standard 1-3/4" Pinback Buttons FREE
Deal for All Wednesdays in March:
Deal for All Thursdays in March:
Design Service Upgrade: Get a FREE Simple Setup when you order a Custom Product
Deal for Fridays / Saturdays / Sundays in March:
Get 10% Off Parts & Supplies for the 3" FLEX1000 Die Set
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 :)
Great Ideas: Collage Buttons! February 23 2017
Check out these beautiful buttons made by artist Sydney Rose!
Collage is Sydney's medium of choice for most of her art practice (Golden Encyclopedias from the 60's and 70's are her favourite source for images)
"As life gets more busy, I'm always looking at ways to hammer out ideas faster. I've also been looking for a way to produce small collages that can be distributed at a lower price point. The decision to get a button press was super random but it has been incredibly satisfying. It's so easy to produce collages quickly, without any adhesive. Like a sketch book."
We love the result!
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 :)
Beautiful Magnetic Button Bracelets! February 15 2017
These Beautiful Magnetic Button Charm Bracelets would look great on you!
These magnetic buttons bracelets use Button Charms made with 1" round flat back buttons. Super nifty :)
These beautiful button bracelets come in 2 different styles. Pictured above is the One Charm Magnetic Button Bracelet, that holds one charm at a time. The magnetic bracelet base is paired with a leatherette bracelet band, and comes with a collection of 5 flatback button charms so you can mix and match to your hearts content!
The second style is the Five Bezel Magnetic Button Charm Bracelet. This bracelet is able to hold up to 5 button charms at once, and each bracelet comes with a whole collection of flatback button charms right off the bat.
For more information about our magnetic button bracelets, custom flatback buttons, or any other products we carry, feel free to get in touch!
Email us firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 1-866-996-1984.
From the Button Archives - Carnaval de Québec, Bonhomme Buttons February 12 2017
Who is 7 feet tall, is made of 400 pounds of snow, and is annually presented with the Key to the City of Québec?
Why, it's Bonhomme Carnaval, the King of Carnaval de Québec!
Bonhomme Carnaval has been the ambassador of the Carnaval de Québec since 1955 when he started warming the hearts of people in Québec during frosty winters. Though this 3" button isn't as old at the Bonhomme himself, it's still dates back to the 1970s which is pretty neat!
Have a cozy winter and Joueux Carnaval!
Ontario 150 - Ontario 150 logo buttons and magnets February 10 2017
Ontario 150 confederation anniversary coming up on July 1st. You may have seen the TV ads that started this week.
On July 1, 1867, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia entered into Confederation. That’s why we celebrate Canada’s anniversary each year on July 1st.
2017 will mark our 150th anniversary, so this is a big birthday! The Ontario government says this is a chance to celebrate and reflect on our history, look ahead towards the next 150 years, and embark on an exciting new chapter for the province.
At People Power Press we will be celebrating with Ontario 150 buttons and magnets. The Ontario 150 logo has been criticized as being unclear, not clean and not balanced and apparently cost $30,000. Toronto Star Article. I know our design team would have done it for less and it would be better but what can you do. This is the official logo and it's got a quirky feel to it.
There is also the official Canada 150 logo which has also been criticized, so if anyone out there can do better for either of these designs, send it in and if we publish it we'll send you a button with your Ontario 150 logo.
UPSTARTS: Custom Buttons for Big Ideas February 10 2017
UPSTARTS is an brand new organization that acts as a platform for young innovators.
They're so brand new, in fact, they haven't even launched yet! They'll be officially launched on March 1st 2017, and we've got a sneak peek of some swag (spoiler alert: they're custom buttons!)
UPSTARTS work to connect the next generation of thinkers and entrepreneurs with scholarships, mentorships, and opportunities to make Canada a better place.
What a cool idea, UPSTARTS!! Supporting the "side hustle" of today's youth to foster the entrepreneurs of tomorrow :)
Check out UPSTARTS on social media for for info!
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.
Sweet & Sassy Button Greeting Cards for Valentine's Day February 07 2017
The People Power Press Button Greeting Card Collection has some Sweet and Sassy new additions for Valentine's Day!
If you're not big into Valentine's Day let us break the news for you with the "Sorry Valentine, Love Stinks" card. For the traditionalist, we've got a good ole "Will You be my Valentine" card :) Each card comes with a sweet little button so your Valentine can wear a piece of the card and think of you all day long!
If the other card designs are too cheesy for ya, just add a piece of heart shaped pepperoni, because who doesn't love a slice of pizza and a hilarious pun? Take another little Pizza my Heart!
Each card measures 4 X 5.75" and is blank inside so you can write a personal message. They also come with an envelope, and of course a pinback button :)
Like what you see here? Take a look at all of our Valentine's Day Button Greeting Cards, or the entire People Power Press Button Greeting Card Collection!
Have a Happy Valentine's Day!
Throwback Thursday: Groundhog Day Vintage Button Roundup February 02 2017
We know Groundhog day seems like it happens again and again so why not delve into the past with these cool vintage Groundhog Day buttons. We're not sure how accurate of a meteorologist these little dudes are but knowing it'll be spring eventually is good enough for us!
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 email@example.com for a quote!
Buttons for Chinese New Year: Year of the Rooster January 27 2017
Gong Xi Fa Cai and Gong Hey Fat Choy! Tomorrow marks 2017's Chinese New Year and this year is the Year of the Rooster so we made this bright and sparkley buttons to celebrate. This year's element is Fire! You can find out what your Chinese zodiac sign is here.
MYLAR 101: What does "Mil" Mean? January 23 2017
As some of you may have noticed, Mylar and Dura-Lar are measured by thickness.
The thickness of Mylar and Dura-Lar are measured in "mil" ... But, what's a mil?
A Mil is equal to 1/1,000th of an inch, and is written either as "1 mil" or 0.001"
MEASURING MYLARMylar comes in two thicknesses. There is 2 mil Mylar or 0.002" Mylar, a specialty thickness to be used with thick paper or photographs. This 2 mil Mylar is slightly thinner than the standard Mylar ringing in at 2/1,000ths of an inch thick.
The standard thickness is 3mil Mylar or 0.003" Mylar. This is the standard thickness, and is best paired with standard 20lb printer paper. Three mil Mylar is what comes in all of our button making kits, and is the industry standard thickness. It is 3/1,000ths of an inch in thickness.
Dura-Lar Film, a Mylar alternative that can go through a laser printer, is also measure in mil.
The Silver/Gold double sided Mattalised Dura-Lar Film is the thinnest Dura-Lar product with a thickness of 2 mil (0.002"). The Glossy Dura-Lar Film is slightly thicker than regular Mylar, at 4 mil (0.004") thick, and the thickest is Matte Dura-Lar at 5 mil (0.005").
So now when you're shopping around for Mylar or other specialty finishes and see the word Mil kicking about, you know exactly what it means! Knowledge is Power!
You better believe that custom buttons will be there to help fighting the stigma too!
The Shine a Light on Mental Health event also marks the roll out new Girl Guides of Canada programming called "Mighty Minds." The programming will teaching girls how to cope with every day life challenges & address the stigma surrounding mental health.
These custom 1" buttons boast the colourful logo for Mighty Minds and will aid in raising awareness about mental health. We think it's pretty cool that they're using buttons to get their message out there.
Head on down to Nathan Philips Square at 5:30 pm on January 21st to be part of it all :) Who knows, you might even be wearing one of these buttons by the end!
For more info, check out Girl Guides of Canada on social media:
Product Feature: PPP Button Greeting Cards January 18 2017
Sending a greeting card to someone special? Let them know that they're the nearest and dearest with a People Power Press Button Greeting Card!
The entire People Power Press Button Greeting Card Collection can be found here! Our collection of Button Greeting Cards will be growing too, so check back and see what cards we have in the future.
Best part of all: even if the card makes its way to the recycling bin, the recipient will always have a button to wear, share, and remind them of how thoughtful you are :)
All greeting cards measure 4 X 5.75", are blank on the inside, come with a white envelope, and a stylish pinback button that's ready to wear.
People Power Press has now been officially approved by the government of Canada to reproduce the official Canada 150 logo on our buttons and magnets!
Our idea is to spread our buttons far and wide for Canada 150 celebrations using the official government Canada 150 logo on various sizes and shapes of buttons and magnets. They will be available for people who want to get just 1 or for companies that want all their employees to join the Canada 150 celebrations with a button.
The celebrations start here and now at People Power Press. The first 100 people that come into our store can pickup an official Canada 150 button - Just say the magic words "Oh Canada!". First come first served. 1 button only per person. Swing by and pickup a button.
Check out our full collection of Canada 150 Official Logo Merchandise to order your own!
New Video: How to Make Magnetic Button Name Tags January 12 2017
We get lots of inquiries about how to make Magnetic Button Name Tags that you can wear without putting a hole through your clothing. They're a great pinback button alternative for formal events, work functions, or any situation where fancy clothes are required (because they don't put a hold through the fabric).
Here's a step-by-step video of how to make Magnetic Button Name Tags of your own using standard button parts and Rare Earth Magnets!
Below is a list of supplies you need to make a DIY Magnetic Name Tag of your own. You can make magnetic button name tags in any standard round button size ranging from 1" all the way up to 3-1/2".
What You Need to Make Magnetic Button Name Tags:
- Button Hand Press (Standard Hand Press, Flex1000, Flex2000, or Flex3000 Machine)
- Button Shell
- Flat Back (instead of a pinned back)
- 3mm Mylar
- Button Artwork
FLAT BACK BUTTON PARTS FOR MAGNETIC BUTTON NAME TAGS
The "Everything for Flat Back Button" kit includes button shells, flat backs, and 3mm mylar. The Rare Earth Magnets are not included, but they are available here.
RARE EARTH MAGNETS FOR MAGNETIC BUTTON NAME TAGS
These Flat Back Buttons are easily turned into Magnetic Button Name Tags when paired with the strong but mighty Rare Earth Magnet :)
*** PLEASE NOTE THAT RARE EARTH MAGNETS SHOULD NOT BE USED BY THOSE WHO USE A PACE MAKER. THEY ARE EXTREMELY STRONG ***
WE ALSO MAKE CUSTOM MAGNETIC BUTTON NAME TAGS
Don't have the time to make Magnetic Button Name Tags for your next event? Have us make them for you :)
If you would like to order Custom Magnetic Button Name Tags, please contact us a firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 1-866-996-1984.
The Custom Magnets currently available on the site are Peel n' Stick Fridge Magnets, not Magnetic Button Name Tags, and CANNOT be worn on clothing.
Keychains Two Ways: Learn how to make Split Ring and Snake Keychains with your Model 150 Button Maker January 10 2017
Button Keychains are practical, easy to make, and come in lots of different styles and sizes to suit any taste.
Button keychains allow you to take a special picture with you everywhere you go! You can rep your favorite band, show off the cutest picture EVER of your cat, oh the possibilities!
The videos below show you how to make a 1-1/2" Round Split Ring Keychain, as well as a 1-1/2" Round Snake Keychain. Both styles are pressed on a Model #150 Hand Press and use Standard 1-1/2" Round Parts.
Supplies used to make Split Ring Keychains on the Model #150 Button Maker:
- Standard 1-1/2" Round Button Shell
- Standard 1-1/2" Round Slot Back
- Standard 1-1/2" Round Mylar (3mm)
- Split Ring with Tab
- Button Artwork
You can find "EVERYTHING for Split Ring KEYCHAINS" kit in the drop down product menu when you click through the link. This kit includes the button shells, slot backs, 3mm mylar, and split rings with tabs (everything except the artwork). They are available in packs of 10, 25, 100, 500, and 1000 units.1-1/2" Split Ring Keychains are also available with a Versa Back instead of a Slot Back. Learn how to press a button keychain using a Versa Back here.
Supplies used to make Snake Keychains on the Model #150 Button Maker:
- Standard 1-1/2" Round Button Shell
- Standard 1-1/2" Round Slot Back
- Standard 1-1/2" Round Mylar (3mm)
- Snake Keychain with Tab
- Button Artwork
CUSTOM BUTTON KEYCHAINS
Not really a Do-It-Yourself type? No worries, we can totally make custom keychains in various styles and sizes for ya! Take a look at all of our custom button keychain options, including the 1-1/2" Split Ring and 1-1/2" Snake Keychain featured in this post!
MORE BUTTON KEYCHAIN RESOURCES
Learn more about all of the different types of keychains that we offer! Check out these blog posts for lots of great info on keychain parts and more How-To Videos courtesy of The Button Guy on YouTube :)
Flashback Friday: The History of Buttons January 06 2017
Have you ever ever wondered why and how pinback buttons came into existence?
Well, wonder no more! At People Power Press, we love buttons so much that we wanted to share the history buttons with all of you :)
Let's start at the beginning and go way back to when the first buttons hit the scene. They weren't like the buttons we know and love today, but hey, it was in the 1700's, an evolution was bound to happen along the way!
Can't get enough button history? You can check out an older post featuring some more REALLY old-school inaugural buttons here.
Great Ideas: The Resolution-O-Matic Button Vending Machine January 04 2017
Setting new year's resolutions can be super boring and stressful! Let us pick one for you! This month we decided to fill up the vending machine outside the shop with silly New Year's resolution that you can keep (like "Eat More Cake") or aspire to ("Become a Rockstar"), randomly selected for you!
Stop by our Toronto shop to grab your own!
Inspired? Resolve to make more buttons! Put your own button sales on automatic with Button Vending Machines in a variety of sizes! The one outside our shop is a Round Beaver model that fits 1" Buttons and is available as a kit with everything you need to sell buttons with it!
Get That New Year's Sparkle All Year Long With Holographic Foil December 30 2016
Make your own shiny and sparkly buttons with new Holographic foil from People Power Press! When paired with artwork printed Dura-Lar this holographic foil can be used to make glittery holographic buttons at home!
Don't know how to use holographic foil for button making? Well take a look at this How-To Video from The Button Guy and you'll know what you're doing in no time :)
There are many different colors and styles of holographic foil too! Pictured below are Holographic Red, Holographic Gold Disco, Holographic Blue, Holographic Silver Disco, and Holographic Silver Glitter! Not pictured is a super fun Hologrphic Rainbow Foil which can be seen when you click through the link.
All of the button artwork above were printed on Dura-Lar Film and this printed Dura-Lar was then placed right on top of the holographic foil to get this fabulously glittery finish.
Button designs using holographic foil tend to be most successful when paired with simple clean digital artwork. Black and solid bold colours look great!
New Video: Making Buttons with Dura-Lar December 27 2016
Dura-Lar is the perfect acetate alternative. A highly versatile polyester film that is the perfect cross between mylar and acetate (which CANNOT GO THROUGH A LASER PRINTER!).
It is a super high-quality product that is heat resistant, tear resistant and does not absorb moisture or discolor with age. So your buttons artwork will still look stunning for years and years to come!
HOW TO PRINT ONTO DURA-LAR FILM
WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE BUTTON WITH DURA-LAR
MATERIALS TO USE
It's important to use materials that have a similar weight to printer paper so it doesn't jam your machine. If you do run into a jam however, here's how you can unjam your machine :)
Nine times out of 10, when a customer brings in a broken machine it turns out to be nothing more than a jam (which is great news)!
A button maker jam is something that is easily remedied at home, and often requires nothing more than some elbow grease and a bit of patience.
This video will teach you everything you need to know about how to un-jam your button maker when the top and bottom dies are stuck together. Hopefully it will save you unneeded stress, and an unneeded emergency visit to the button store!
THINGS YOU MAY NEED TO UNJAM YOUR MACHINE
- A large rubber mallet. Please don't use a metal hammer on your hand press!
KNOW YOUR HAND PRESS
Use this simple diagram to navigate your hand press
- Hold the handle firmly in the upright position.
- Confidently hit the bottom die that is NOT stuck with the rubber mallet. Don't be shy! The mallet is rubber and the machine is super sturdy.
- Once the bottom die is released from the clutches of the top die, eject the cause of the jam by lifting the outer part of upper die. Hopefully it will pop right out!
- If the jammed button shell / artwork doesn't come out by lifting the outer part of the upper die, try pressing the button over an empty crimp die (the deeper one where the pinned back go). Usually the button will release after pressing as usual.
Though knowing how to unjam your button maker when the dies are stuck together is a really good skill to have, so is knowing how to avoid a button maker jam in the first place :) Luckily The Button Guy already has a great How-To Video for just that! SWEET!