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Go Back to School with Button Maker School Kits! August 18 2016
Heading back to school can be extra fun this year with the Button Maker School Kit!
THE 1-1/2" BUTTON MAKER SCHOOL KIT
The 1-1/2" School Kit is a great size for crafts and displaying hand made art in a small form. The buttons are a great size for name tags on backpacks and lunch bags!
- Tecre Model #150 hand press.
- Everything you need to make 500 x 1-1/2" pin-back buttons (shells, mylar, and pinned backs). You can order more 1-1/2" Button Supplies when you run out.
- Pre-Made Art Book with 500+ school themed designs in full colour and black-and-white (for colouring). You can also photocopy the pages to make as many buttons as you like!
- 1000 x 1-1/2" Blank Pre-Cut Circles for kids to draw their own designs at school functions, fairs, workshops, art class, etc.
- Manufacturer's Lifetime Warranty & Instructions
THE 2-1/4" BUTTON MAKER SCHOOL KIT
The 2-1/4" School Kit is perfect for younger kids and displaying hand made art because there's more room to draw :)
- Tecre Model #225 hand press.
- Everything you need to make 500 x 2.25" pin-back buttons (shells, mylar, and pinned backs). You can order more 2-1/4" Button Supplies when you run out.
- Pre-Made Art Book with 500+ school themed designs in full colour and black-and-white (for colouring). You can photocopy the pages to make as many buttons as you like!
- 1000 x 2.25" Blank Pre-Cut Circles for kids to draw their own designs at school functions, fairs, workshops, art class, etc.
- Manufacturer's Lifetime Warranty & Instructions
BUTTON MAKING RESOURCES
If you're interested in a Button Maker School Kit but have never name a button before, that is A-OK! This How-To Video from The Button Guy YouTube Channel shows every step of the button making process!
Which Design Service Do I Need for my Custom Button Order? August 16 2016
We offer a variety of design options for all of our custom buttons and other fun custom products. It can be a bit tough to know exactly which service you need, so we thought we'd help you out with this handy dandy Design Service Selector :)
Just answer the questions below and follow the arrows to see whether Self Serve, Simple Set-Up, Simple Design, or Full Service is the way to go!
If you'd like to learn more about what each design service has to offer, check out our Artwork & Design Services Page.
Templates of all shapes and sizes can be found here and are available as PSD, AI, and PDF files. If you're selecting the Self Serve option, the artwork needs to be set up on a People Power Press Template.
If you don't have access to design software you can use the free Button Designer website to design your artwork, or just set up the artwork on a template. Once your artwork is all set up in Button Designer, please send an email to email@example.com with your Button Designer user name as well as the name of the file you would like us to use. We DO NOT need the password to your account.
Take a peek at our Button Designer blog post for more information!
Think Outside the Circle: How to Make Oval Pinback Buttons August 15 2016
Do you ever find yourself in a circle button rut? Or maybe you have a gorgeous image that doesn't quite fit properly on a round template.
Think outside the circle and try making some oval buttons!
Check out this fantastic How-To Video below to see how they're made from start to finish!
OVAL BUTTON PARTS AND SUPPLIES
OVAL BUTTON MAKER RENTAL
If you're not looking to get your own Oval Hand Press, worry not! You can rent one for use in store, or to take home with you.
CUSTOM OVAL BUTTONS
If you'd like to order Custom Made Oval Buttons, you can do that too!
Throwback Thursday - Retro Canadian National Expo Button August 11 2016
Introducing BijouClic Button Jewelry! The perfect statement piece for anyone who loves buttons, or funky necklaces.
What makes BijouClic Jewelry unique is in the magnetic pendant which holds the button charms in place. The magnet is strong enough to ensure sure your charm stays in place but also makes it easy to swap out the charms whenever the mood strikes!
Make Your Own Charms!
If you're a Do-It-Yourself-er, you can create your own charms too! No fancy parts are needed, just your 1" hand press, standard 1" shells, collets, and mylar, and little bit of creativity :)
Give the Gift of BijouClic
BijouClic Jewelry also makes a great gift for any occasion! With endless charm possibilities you really can't go wrong! BijouClics for everyone!!
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!
It's Our Storefront's 1st Birthday! July 19 2016
We are celebrating the 1 Year Anniversary of opening the front part of our shop in the cheery pink building at 3095 Dundas St. West! It's been a great year full of fun new products, parties and events, and of course Make-A-Button!
Recently one of our awesome neighbours dropped off an article written by Claude McGilvray whose father, Watson McGilvray built the building that is now our happy home. He was a Tinsmith and started a tin shop in the basement and eventually opened a hardware store on the main floor.
Wait a second, Buttons are made of tin! We can't help but feel like we are carrying on a bit of a tradition!
This is Claude and his dad "Watt" McGilvray in front of their shop at 3095 Dundas West c. 1920:
Adorable Magnets by Light Graph Jr. July 11 2016
These custom 1-1/2" magnets are enough to make anyone smile!
Light Graph Photography is a Photography Studio owned by Pamela Kelly who specializes in dance, newborn, maternity, and lifestyle photography. On top of that, Light Graph is also home to a hidden gem.
Light Graph Jr. is made up of artwork masterfully crated by Pamela Kelly's children. Currently carrying a line of totally adorable greeting cards, Light Graph Jr. has officially expanded into the magnet market!
If you have a little artist of your own, you can drop by the shop and Make-A-Button with us!
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.
Since 1975, the Literary Press Group and its members have worked to support each other, support other Canadian writers, and champion the value of the literary arts scene in Canada.
Find out more about the Literary Press Group on Twitter, Facebook, and their website!
All Lit Up has featured insightful, original, and fun content in addition to recommendations, find-a-book, and customized book lists. The site ensures that literature produced by Canadian independent publishers is available to every Canadian.
Explore their Books and Merch
Head over to their website and take a look at the other merch All Lit Up has to offer! If you want to add some more titles to your summer reading list, use their Find a Book search tool to add some Canadian titles to your shelf!
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!
We get a lot of inquiries about making buttons using fabric instead of paper. It's totally possible, super easy, and a great way to use up fabric scraps you have kicking around!
Jessica Epstein, the super talented individual behind "Flake" uses pre-loved textiles to create custom magnets, buttons, and other accessories that are adorable AND sustainable :) Just take a look at these 1" magnets! SO COOL!
magnets like these can be made with 1" peel n' stick magnet parts. Instead of using artwork printed on paper, and finished with a sheet of mylar, BOTH are replace with a single piece of scrap fabric. Some fabrics work better than others. Find out the best fabric to use here!
Jessica also creates accessories like mittens and toques out of pre-loved fabric. The accessories below are made from old sweaters and polar fleece! She also gave the 1" lockpin button the royal treatment and elevated them into gorgeous accessories of their own!
These buttons are fully functional and can be worn on their own OR placed on a hand made one of a kind toque! These 1" fabric buttons by Flake are a great example of how far creativity can take you.
Thank you for sharing your wonderful (and successful) experiment with us Jessica!
Take a peek at all the great stuff Flake has to offer :) If you've taken a chance with a button making experiment and created something AWESOME we would love to see it! Get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org or tag us on social media (links below).
Custom Buttons for Fruit Loop June 14 2016
Fruit Loop is an Edmonton based grassroots collective of creative individuals who all donate their talents, resources, and energy to give something back to the community.
Founded in April 2013, Fruit Loop is designed to be more than just a typical night at the gay bar. They host local LGBTQ+ groups and businesses at each event to help raise funds and awareness and in turn, build the community one party at a time!
Fruit Loop's custom round 1-1/4" matte finish buttons are fun, colourful, and were handed out at Edmonton Pride :) Were you one of the lucky folks who managed to get one of these awesome custom pinback buttons?
Happy Pride Month Folks!
INTRODUCTION: CAN I MAKE A KEYCHAIN BUTTONS WITH MY HAND PRESS?
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".
The type of keychain backings available are based on the size of button your hand press makes.
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.
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!
People Power People: Muhammad Ali 1942 – 2016 June 07 2016
Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali died last week at the age of 74. In addition to being a boxer, Ali will be remembered as someone who proudly and unapologetically represented both his race, faith, and community. Ali took a huge risk in the 1960s when refusing to be conscripted into the US Army during the Vietnam war cost him his title and three years of his fighting career.
Explaining his refusal, Ali said:
“My conscience won’t let me go shoot my brother, or some darker people, or some poor hungry people in the mud for big powerful America,” he said at the time. “And shoot them for what? They never called me nigger, they never lynched me, they didn’t put no dogs on me, they didn’t rob me of my nationality, rape and kill my mother and father… Shoot them for what? …How can I shoot them poor people? Just take me to jail.”
After his boxing career Ali continued to engage in philanthropic and humanitarian work, becoming the UN Ambassador for Peace in 1985.
Hey there button folks!
We've got some custom 1" buttons hot off the hand press for a band called SALES. The musical duo is comprised Lauren Morgan (guitar/vocals) and Jordan Shih (guitar/programming), both supremely talented musicians and best buddies.
Or, if you want a little taste of what SALES is all about enjoy the below video from a 3 part series called "from 12 to 12."
This is part 1 - "vow"
If you're in the market for some custom band buttons or a video to go along with YOUR cool jams, take a peek at one of our newest products: Lyric Videos and Custom Button Bundles!
Things are changing in the showroom!
Not only are we getting in tons of awesome products for your browsing pleasure, we now have a Button Bar.
What is The Button Bar You Ask!?
Our Button Bar is a swanky new place for you (ya, you!) to make buttons in our Toronto showroom space.
You can bring in a digital file of your design, design in-store on our online button designer, or draw your own work of art. Make-A-Button if you just want one or a few, or rent a machine by the hour. The possibilities are endless and The Button Bar is where it's at!
Stay tuned for more updates as our showroom continues grow and change!
Introducing Recycled Rice Bag Wallets! May 12 2016
If you've been into the shop over the past few weeks, you might have noticed that our storefront has been rocking a new look.
In keeping with the theme of "new stuff," we've got some brand new products available in store and online and this is one of my very favourites :)
These recycled rice bag wallets are a fashion statement that you can feel good about!
Each recycled wallet is colourful, environmentally conscious, and completely unique. With plenty of place for cards, a zippered change pocket, and magnetic snap closures, they're practical too :)
Custom 1" Buttons for WSPS May 11 2016
From fire prevention to proper material handling, WSPS did a great job designing this set of custom 1" buttons with a message. They're cool enough to turn anyone into an advocate for workplace safety!
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!
Buttons and bands have always been a great pairing. That's why we are launching a really neat new product: Lyric Videos and Custom Button Bundles!
There are five different styles of videos to choose from, and with each video you are able to select the size (1", 1-1/4", or 1-1/2") and quantity (100, 250, 500, or 1000) of custom band buttons you would like with it!
If you're on a budget, the above Ticker Tape or Notebook style video may by the style for you. With either style of video, if you order 1000 band buttons we throw in the Lyric Video for free :) Pretty awesome, eh?
If those styles don't float your boat, no problem! We offer three other Lyric Video styles which can be seen below:
So if you're in a band and need a video and some merch, we hope these Lyric Videos & Custom Button Bundles are exactly what you're looking for :)
If you have any questions about this new product, send us an email or give us a call and we would love to chat with you about our groovy new product!
Come on In and Make-A-Button May 03 2016
If you are looking for a fun place to take your little one, or even a place to come yourself with some friends, the Make-A-Button table is where it's at!
We supply the paper, markers, pens, pencils, and crayons so you have everything you need to draw your own masterpiece, or colour in a pre-made design! You don't even have to stay inside the lines :)
and once you're done it's time to get button pressing!
Can't make them all at once? No problem, we'll give you a punch card and you can come back to finish them later :)
If that doesn't float your boat, we also offer Make-A-Button Kits! Each kit includes artwork and button supplies to make 5 complete buttons. Once your artwork is done just stop by the shop and use one of our machines!
We hope to see you in the shop sometime Making-A-Button, and making fun memories to boot!
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!