I am an artist that attends various anime conventions throughout the year – What kind of button maker do I need? December 08 2012
Hi Button Guy
I am an artist that attends various anime conventions throughout the year. I had made a post about purchasing a button maker, in Deviantart’s forum, and you answered it, which I recently responded to. I figured that you may not get on DA frequently so I decided to try and catch you this way. Seeing as I’m going to get a machine within this month.
What I wanted to know is if the T150 model’s 2-1/4 die could be switched out with a 1-1/4 die? The 2-1/4 size is great for the mirrors I’m seriously considering adding to my table but not as buttons. Most of the buyers I’ve had at conventions prefer 1 to 1.5 size buttons. So if the T150 can swap out then I’ll have a 2-n-1 machine, which is exactly what I need. Nat
The above picture shows the T150 Hobby Kit for Button Making. It’s good value! But it is a hobby kit. Not a pro button maker. Unfortunately the T150 Button Making Kits do not have any options. I have only seen dies for 2-1/4” buttons.
You see the die is metal but the attachments on the Hobby Button Maker are plastic, if you’re knocking out buttons for your anime conventions or Comic-Con, how long will these plastic pieces last? I did not see anyone using a hobby kit at Comic-Con, San Diego or Comicon in Toronto or Vancouver
As an anime artist going to conventions I would recommend an all metal button maker anyway. And yes, 1”, 1-1/4” & 1-1/2” buttons are the most popular sizes for anime.
The higher price is a barrier, but in the long term the metal button maker will last years. I have a number of button makers at least 8 years old. The paint has scratched off, they have been extremely well used and they still make a button perfectly every time with little to no maintenance.
For anime conventions a button maker is a great addition to your product range, find a way to get a solid all metal machine and you won’t look back!
Cheers, The Button Guy
The above is a solid all metal button maker available from Button Giant or People Power Press. This is a pro machine suitable for anime conventions, comicon and serious uses. Look at the solid steel dies on this below: These machines just keep on going, they are precise, well made and worth the extra few bucks.
The perfect button maker, badge press, button machine, pin press or button making kit for anime conventions, fanexpo, comic-con, comicon or wherever you as an amime artist sells your art.