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Topic: I AM GOING TO THROW THIS BUTTON MAKER OUT THE WINDOW!!!!  (Read 1839 times)
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« on: August 31, 2006 06:44:32 PM »

*calms self*

no seriously, people, i am WAY annoyed. I cannot get the knack of this badge-a-minit button maker thing!

maybe im just stoopid, but i have now made four, and the plastic is all skrunched up and sticking out teh sides

i have tried different thicknesses of paper, differnet pressing techniques... to no avail

so i am going to try this one more time and then i am giving up for the evening and going to do something i know i can do... and while doing, i will think nasty thoughts towards the badge a minit people.

its this press: http://www.badgeaminit.com/114benpressy.html

if you have this press and know what i am doing wrong, PLEASE HELP by posting here!
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« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2006 07:37:58 PM »

I had the even smaller press and had a lot of trouble then I bought the model you have it it helped some and then I got the model that is a little more expensive and it solved a lot of the problems -
the only advice I have is that you have to make sure the pieces are all perfectly aligned - especially the little plastic piece - and make sure you use a lot of strength pushing down. Even then sometimes it will mess up. It was a pain for sure Sad  At the time I had a small business and I was making a lot of them for ball teams and the hospital, for high school girls running for homecoming queen and even some for political campaigns so it was worth it to me to move up to the higher priced one - especially since they do let you trade up. But if you aren't planning on doing alot - just align the parts perfectly and press hard. And good luck.
(I believe when I had that bench press - my husband got a pipe out to stick over the handle to make it longer and sturdier so I had more leverage so I didn't have to stand on the press to make the badges.....)
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« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2006 03:38:38 PM »

I too have a badge-a-minit press.  I have the same one, but with the two inch button...  mold?  I really don't have any trouble with it, and once you get used to it you can make buttons really really fast.  I lost the instructions to mine a while back so I had to look them up on the internet:

http://lib.store.yahoo.net/lib/badgeaminit/instruct.pdf

Maybe you're not lining eveything up right?  The things I do to make sure the buttons come out well is the flip it over after I put the red piece in and I kind of poke down the edges with my fingers.  Also, when I'm actually pressing it in the machine, I press it in the middle and on the sides.  Ever since I starting doing those two things, they come out great every thime.

Woah, that was long.  I'm sorry. Tongue
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« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2006 10:35:56 AM »

I haven't used a buttonmaker, but a trick I use with hole punchers is to put them on the floor and step on the handle instead of trying to use my arm strength.  I line all the papers up perfectly, lower the punch and hold it firmly as I put it on the floor and then just step on it. 
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« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2006 10:45:45 AM »

In my case, I tend to mess up buttons (I have the exact same model) when I press too hard on the press, so I make sure that I am sitting down and the press is on the table in front of me so I can not push on it too hard.

Another problem was I would put the rings together and in order to 'make sure' I would push them all in and then give an extra heave, which would actually sort of jerk the plastic and paper into a new, wrong, position.  I would also move the paper/plastic when I would handle the rings and not hold it tight enough so they would shift.

I took me a long while to get to the point where I would only have a 5% goof up rate, I used to be more like 66%.  My husband never had a problem, so I would suggest that you review every step of the process for yourself to figure out where the problem is (that is what I did, anyway).  Always use even pressure, and sweet talk helps too.  Also, try putting your body in different position (sitting at different heights, standing, etc), which changes the pressure on the press and mould.

I hope your button maker hasn't already been chucked.  If nothing else, there is always ebay. 
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« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2009 02:30:45 AM »

In my case, I tend to mess up buttons (I have the exact same model) when I press too hard on the press, so I make sure that I am sitting down and the press is on the table in front of me so I can not push on it too hard.

Another problem was I would put the rings together and in order to 'make sure' I would push them all in and then give an extra heave, which would actually sort of jerk the plastic and paper into a new, wrong, position.  I would also move the paper/plastic when I would handle the rings and not hold it tight enough so they would shift.

I took me a long while to get to the point where I would only have a 5% goof up rate, I used to be more like 66%.  My husband never had a problem, so I would suggest that you review every step of the process for yourself to figure out where the problem is (that is what I did, anyway).  Always use even pressure, and sweet talk helps too.  Also, try putting your body in different position (sitting at different heights, standing, etc), which changes the pressure on the press and mould.

I hope your button maker hasn't already been chucked.  If nothing else, there is always ebay. 
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« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2009 02:40:38 AM »

There are some button making machines which are available as starter kits which are very difficult to operate. Good enough to make a sample.

There are many good machines which can be bought for production purpose which are easy to use. While making badges, how one loads the components & the printed paper + film is very important. Would be glad to give instructions if required.

Example of a very easy to use button machine is : http://buttons.co.uk/index.php?pg=2&m=4
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