One of the most popular activities that I teach is Button Making. We use a Badge a minit fully metal machine.
I wanted to write a short tutorial on how to use the Badge A minit buttons, and make your own designs.
First you need to purchase a Button Machine. I have a Badge a Minit fully metal machine to make buttons 1.25" in diameter.
Once you have your BAM machine, you'll need to make sure you only order and use Badge a minit buttons. I made that mistake once, and they don't work. Its a slightly different size.
They always come in three pieces. The center of the button, a clear plastic to hold on your image, and the pin back.
Lastly you'll need to prepare the images you want. Often I use magazines and cut images out of them, but I can also make my own buttons using this template
and the free program Paint.net
We have an EK Success Paper Shapers 1-1/4-Inch Circle Punch that cut out images to the perfect size for button making.
Now onto the instructions for making your button
Once you have your image cut out, supplies on hand, and button making machine, you are ready to begin.
Start by putting the flat button piece in your machine. (Blue Piece)
Next put your image in with the silver notch lined up at the top. After you have it lined up you'll place one of the clear plastic circles on top of the image.
Then you insert the gold ring. This will hold the piece in place for the next step.
Once you have all of those in place, you are going to turn it over and insert the silver button machine part, so the notch is facing upward (this allows you to line up the green button machine part effectively).
Line up the green button part with the silver.
Place it on a solid surface and press firmly with the palm of your hand until you hear it audibly pop.
The image should now be pushed out and flush with the edge of the gold ring. Now remove both the silver and green machine parts, and we will move into the final steps.
Remember how we lined up the image with the silver notch at the top. This makes it easier to line up the back of the pin. On the underside there are two silver lines that you can line up the pin, just make sure you don't line it up upside down.
Put the green button park back on
Turn it over, be careful not to let the green part (and the button back) fall out.
You will now place the red part on top of your image. Your button will be sandwiched between the green and red pieces.
The last bit is to press your button together with hand press
After you press it firmly, release, and remove the green part. Pushing upwards you can remove your button.
And now you'll have your very own Button!