How to Use a Button Maker

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Metal advertising and slogan buttons are used to inform and entertain. Pictures gleamed from photos, illustrations are pressed onto round or rectangular pieces of metal and pinned onto clothes, backpacks, purses or bulletin boards. Making your own buttons can be profitable and fun. Once you have the picture or logo you want to use on your button, you need to press it onto the metal using a button maker. Read on to learn more.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper Graphics
  • Mylar
  • Button shell
  • Pin backs
  • Button maker
  • Graphic punch
  • Use a graphics punch or adjustable rotary cutter to cut out the circles or rectangles. The graphic punch works best for a large volume of buttons. Adjustable rotary cutters can handle different sized buttons.

  • Study the different parts of the button maker before you punch the buttons. The plate that holds the button is called the die table. The handles or levers press the graphic paper into place on the buttons.

  • Insert the button's shell onto the die table. Then insert your graphic with the right side facing you. Position the graphic so the text and picture are properly centered on the button.

  • Fit Mylar over the button. Once that is in place, rotate the die table to the left. Pull the lever all the way down. This will press the Mylar, graphic and shell together. Pull the handle to its original position.

  • Put the pin clasp on the back of the button. Check to make sure it is pressed on firmly and centered in a straight line across the button back.

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