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« on: April 04, 2008 04:01:26 AM »

Every year my brother goes to this robot thing and brings home loads of hideous pins.

Exhibit A:


So I made band pins, ones that I can actually keep this time!
Jack's Mannequin:

Anberlin

and Phantom Planet. Still mad Jason's not the drummer, but its okay because Coconut Records is awesome.

In total:


The pics are from the bands website

TUT:


the link on my original post doesn't work so I just copied and pasted it here.

er--band buttons tutorial--whatever you want to call them.

Okay, this is just to reconstruct a button, and it doesn't always come out professional looking and read the whole thing before you try it, because I absolutely, ABSOLUTELY suck at giving directions, teaching, even tutorials, and I'm listening to Anarbor, working title, the fall of troy and the used, so I might of typed up the lyrics by accident and I'm too lazy to read and edit.

1. Use a knife (xacto, anything sharp) to split apart the bottom of the button from the top.


and then you'll have these two, the bottom and top

2. Then use a hobby knife (toothpick, pencil, your nails...) to carefully remove the plastic cover and paper of the top.


and then you get these four.
If the plastic has something printed/drawn on it, that you don't want, throw it away.
If you don't have a plastic cover at all, don't worry, there are other ways to make a cover.

3. Take out what you want to be on the button (printed picture, fabric) If you want to make it easier on yourself, you can laminate the picture you want on your button, that doubles as a cover.

I'm using The Hint's new cd cover. You should check out their new album, its actually really good.

4. Put the picture on the top of the top side of the button, and make a crease of where the picture will be on the button. Make sure you crease part of the picture that you want to be on the button. (Yeah I wasn't really sure how to explain this)


and you get something like this.

5. Cut at least an inch away from the crease. You don't have to do this now. You can do it after attached it to the top of the button and then cut of the extra.



6. Put the picture on the top of the button, you can attach it by gluing if you like, but I didn't because it isn't as flat on top. Then using a toothpick(fingernails, etc.) push the paper into the sides. I used tape to leave it in place. (Ha, being a lefty, everything smudges as a write and I have ink on my pinky, like in the pic)



7. This is the hard part. Repeat 6 over with the plastic cover. I used a lot of tape for this.
Like I said in step 2, there are alternatives for a cover. You can use a sandwich bag or transparent packaging tape, plastic bag or mod podge, etc.

It comes out like this(if you used tape. Sorry, the pic is blurry because of the reflection of the tape)


8. Then take out the bottom of the button. Pop it back in with the back of the bottom facing the back of the top. Make sure the pin is facing you and that the pin is on the right angle with your picture.



If doesn't fit, then take out a weight or something and pound the sides of the bottom of the button, until it does fit. Check if it fits after each time you make a dent to the sides because you don't want the back to be so small that its loose and it falls out. However, if it is too loose you can just glue or tape it.


This is how it will be when you put them together.



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« Last Edit: April 25, 2008 12:53:23 PM by Vintage Junky - Reason: add tutorial » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2008 05:07:32 AM »

how do you make the reconstructed pins?  just add paper and packing tape over top of it?
or do you actually take it apart and re-snap it together somehow?

thanks.

PS:  I have only ever painted over an existing pin.  so i am not sure about how it works to add to them in 3d.
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« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2008 07:27:43 AM »

FIRST Robotics innundates you with ugly pins. I've seen kids cover an entire pair of pants with them. And lots of vests. Thank goodness someone has come up with something useful to do with them.
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« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2008 07:34:22 AM »

I wish I had thought of this back when I still tried to collect buttons at the competitions. Unless its one I really like, I don't take them anymore.

I might need to collect a ton in Atlanta this year so I can do this with my campers this summer.

How did you make them come out as beautifully as they did?
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« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2008 05:17:36 AM »

Thanks! I'll try to make a tutorial next week or something, I'm pretty swamped with work and tests this week.
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« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2008 06:56:38 PM »

Sweet!!  Grin Grin
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« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2008 06:11:23 PM »

wow i had no idea you could actually reconstruct buttons.  i thought it would ruin them.  you are clever!
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« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2008 03:50:39 PM »

Thanks for the tutorial! I'll have to try it sometime. Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2008 03:30:26 PM »

you're welcome!
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