What You’ll Need for Button MakingBefore we tell you how to make a button, here is what you’ll need:
- An American Button Machine – our demonstrators look to be using a Model 100 1-inch button machine.
- A one-inch pinback button set that includes a shell, mylar, collet, and spring pin.
How To Make A ButtonOnce you’ve got the supplies, you’re all set to begin the button-making process.
- To start, create art for your button using design software or our Build-A-Button Online Design Center.
- Cut out your graphics. There are several tools like circle cutters and handheld punch cutters that can improve your precision and efficiency for this process, especially if you are making a large volume of buttons.
- Insert the shell into the button machine die.
- Insert the graphic with the design facing up and put the mylar on top of the graphic.
- Rotate the dies and put the collet into the other die.
- Pull the handle down once.
- Rotate the dies so that the collet is now underneath the upper die and pull the handle down again.
- Rotate the dies back around to see your button.
- Remove the button, insert the spring pin into the back of the button, and you’re done!
Button Making DemonstrationOur button makers already have a design created and will use the machine to create the final product. To start off, here’s Sydney to show you how easy button making is.
*****And, now, here’s Willow.
While we can’t condone the underage activities in these videos – just look how easy it is to make a button using an American Button Machine. Please exercise caution & common sense by not allowing children under the age of 12 to operate the button makers without first having them hermetically sealed . :) If you have any questions, please leave them below.
By Brighid Brown, Director of Blogging and All Things Cool at ABM
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