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What Is a Photo Button Making Kit? - Button Making Questions, Ask ABM

What Is a Photo Button Making Kit? - Button Making Questions, Ask ABM

What makes a photo button maker different?  Do I really need the photo button kit to make photo buttons?  If you plan to use actual photo paper to make your buttons the answer is yes, you need a photo button making kit and here's why. Button makers are very finely calibrated to use a certain thickness of materials to get a good, cleanly crimped button.  When you change that thickness by too much, or too little, the button can fail.  Photo paper is significantly thicker than standard 24 pound copier paper, which is what most machines are calibrated for. You...

Buttons for Change Partners With This Star Won't Go Out

Buttons for Change Partners With This Star Won't Go Out

Here at ABM we are so fortunate to have some of the best people in the world as our customers and it is through your generosity in the Buttons for Change program that we are able to change the world, one button at a time.  This month we are proud to share the most recent recipient of your generosity and the amazing story of Esther Grace Earl and her foundation, This Star Won’t Go Out. Esther (Persian for "Star") Grace was born on August 3, 1994 in Beverly, Massachusetts. She was always a spunky, energetic, creative kid, full of caring...

Wedding Button Ideas to Make That Special Day Perfect!

Wedding Button Ideas to Make That Special Day Perfect!

The uses for wedding buttons are truly endless and with the season upon us, we turned to the amazingly creative minds in The Pinback Button Making Community to find the best of the best and we were not disappointed by the response!  From save the dates to reception, we have something for every step of the process and we are bringing them to you here to help make your special day button-tastic! Let's start from the beginning - save the dates!  What is the most convenient way to make sure you don't forget an event?  Hang the reminder on your...

How to Fix A Bubble In the Edge of My Mylar- Button Making Questions, Ask ABM

How to Fix A Bubble In the Edge of My Mylar- Button Making Questions, Ask ABM

How do I fix a bubble in the edge of my mylar?  Bubbles at the edge of your mylar can be an unfortunate side effect of using a laser printer to print your graphics.  Laser printers provide beautiful, crisp images but they can also cause mylar to slip when you crimp your button together, especially if you have a full bleed in your design.  Toner from laser printers contain wax and even if you have made 100 perfect buttons, the printer can decide to dump a little extra wax on that page and suddenly your buttons won't work.  You have the dreaded bubble...

Why Should I Buy Your Machine? Button Making Questions, Ask ABM

Why Should I Buy Your Machine?  Button Making Questions, Ask ABM

Why should I buy your button machine?  What makes your company different?  These are common questions from people who are researching button companies as they prepare to begin their button making adventures.  Here at ABM, we love when someone ask us what makes us special and we’re more than happy to tell them why! Investing in a quality button machine is crucial to button making success but you want to make sure that you are getting the best value for your money.   In your search you will find machines that are less expensive but remember the golden rule – you...

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