Buttons aka Badges aka Pins
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Lots of people on Craftster ask about making the buttons you see pinned all over people’s messenger bags. There are two kinds of button-makers: hand press and bench press. The hand press machines are about half the price of the bench press machines. They are harder to use (they require lots of squeezing and hand strength) and they are made from plastic so they wear out eventually. The bench press kind is very sturdy and very easy to use.
My boyfriend made these buttons with our Buttons Online One-Inch Button Press. It’s such a sturdy machine that I think you could run over it with a car and it would be OK. And it’s very easy to use.
My advice is that if you’re serious about making buttons and think you’ll make a lot of them, you should save up for the more expensive bench press type of machine. But if you just want to make them here and there for fun, the hand press is great.
Here’s an example of an all-metal bench press and a plastic hand press:
There are lots of places to buy machines and parts but these are the ones I’ve used:
Buttons Online – http://www.buttonsonline.com
Button Biz – http://www.buttonbiz.com
Badge-a-Minit – http://www.badgeaminit.com
Craftster thread all about button-makers
Oh and I couldn’t NOT show these cuties! They’re toy button makers made by Bandai. I hear that the buttons are a little chunky and plasticy looking and that these machines take special button parts that can be hard to find. But they certainly are cute!
And for your amusement, here’s a truly hysterical button-maker-related article from The Onion.