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pinktape
« on: November 02, 2005 01:24:01 PM »

Hello!
I'd like to buy a badge maker and I have found a couple on ebay! Do you think that those would work well?
it's my first time with badge/pin making and I'm very confused..

here there are badge makers that I have found:

http://cgi.ebay.it/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=8229203100&ssPageName=STRK:MEWA:IT

http://cgi.ebay.it/2-Sizes-Pin-Button-Badge-Maker-Machine-DIY-IT-GIFT_W0QQitemZ8229631502QQcategoryZ11785QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

http://cgi.ebay.it/2-Sizes-Pin-Button-Badge-Maker-Machine-DIY-IT-GIFT_W0QQitemZ8229631502QQcategoryZ11785QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

http://cgi.ebay.it/FUNKY-TWEENZ-BADGE-MAKER-NEW_W0QQitemZ6009611780QQcategoryZ80546QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem


I saw that there are a lot of more professionals ones..but they are quite exapnsives..
Do you think that those would work as well?

Thank you very much!!!!
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« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2005 01:42:57 PM »

Hi!

I have this pin press:




It presses one inch buttons, and is totally easey to use. However, it cost considerably more than the ones you were looking at. What are you planning on using the machine for (making buttons, obviously) -personal use (just making buttons for yourself and your friends) or mass production (making large numbers of buttons to sell)?

Also, with stuff like this, you totally get what you pay for. A pin press that costs $15 dollars and is plastic is not going to last nearly as long as a metal one that cost over $100 (at least I hope, 'cause otherwise I got JIPPED  Grin). Ease of use and availability of parts is also an issue. I have never had my press jam, and I can order parts for 1000 buttons for $40, including tax and shipping.

Do any of those machines come with a circle cutter? You will need one of those too, depending on how many buttons you plan to make (unless you want to cut out all those circles by hand... my blood-pessure rises just thinking about it!).

I would say that those machines would be better than one of the handheld presses (oh man... those things and I do NOT get along). So... you are just going to have to figure out how much you want to spend, and go from there.

Hope this was even remotely helpfull.


Oh, P.S. -- My press,with circle cutter and 1000 parts was a little over $200. I got it in August, and since have sold the entire thousand, and ordered another batch of materials. I have recouped my costs, and get a fair amount of bussiness (I sell them mostly to bands and local venues). So the more expensive one can pay off, depending on the intended use.


Best wishes!

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pinktape
« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2005 02:10:29 PM »

thanks a lot for your advices!!

I was thinking to do some buttons for personal use and then making some for my craft store..

I'm very tempted to buy a professional one..but I'm afraid that I would not being able to  recuperate  the costs..

Maybe I could find something which price is in the middle?

I'm going to think about it!!  Wink
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rebecca.b
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2005 06:20:30 PM »

ButtonMakers.net carries the 1 inch machines for $169. And they have 1000 parts for $37.

They also have this cool design helper that I found really useful for Photoshop CS:

http://buttonmakers.net/tutorial.php
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