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Button Making Questions Answered, Ask ABM - What Is An Ejector Rod and How Is It Used?

Button Making Questions Answered, Ask ABM - What Is An Ejector Rod and How Is It Used?

What is an ejector rod, how does it work and do I really need one?  These are super popular questions for new button makers and ABM is here with the answers! First things first, what is an ejector rod?  It's a super cool, amazingly handy little aluminum cylinder that fits over the bar in your graphic punch cutter to help you lift the cut graphic out of the punch.  If you order any of the smaller sizes of 1" - 1.75" from ABM, they come already equipped with this modern marvel and are available as an accessory for the 2.25" Graphic Punch and...

How Do I Make a Campaign Button - Button Making Questions, Ask ABM

How Do I Make a Campaign Button - Button Making Questions, Ask ABM

How can I make a campaign button?  If you aren't a graphic artist but you still have a great message you want to share, Editable Campaign Button Designs from ABM are the answer!  We have done all of the basics for you in design and layout so you simply change the preset text to your very own message and insert a photo in the designated layer.  Making the perfect button has never been easier!  Our all new downloadable designs are provided as a .txt file to be used in our upgraded button making wonder, Build-a-Button 6.0!  Even if you aren't...

Where Can I Find Button Making Instructions - Button Making Questions, Ask ABM

Where Can I Find Button Making Instructions - Button Making Questions, Ask ABM

Where can I find button making instructions?  How do you make mirrors, coasters and key chains?  ABM makes it super easy!  We have a whole page dedicated to just instructions for all of the tips and tricks on making your favorite accessories with buttons! From the blue navigation bar on our site, just hover over "Learning Center" and then select "Button Making Instructions".  There you will find a comprehensive collection of detailed directions for all of your favorite ABM products. You can find help in many locations on the ABM site.  The Button Blog is a wealth of information.  There you can...

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...

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...

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