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Hello! I offered to assist projecteducate with a tutorial on how to make pinback buttons. Thank you so much for having me! :D

The button materials here are those necessary to make 1.25 inch buttons. Luckily, the process used to make pinback buttons does not change across sizes. This means you can use this process for creating 1 inch buttons as well as the 3 inch buttons! :D

There are various kinds of button presses and button cutters. Those used here are from www.buttonbiz.com/.

The button design used in this tutorial is my own creation. Please do not use it without permission.

Now, let's make some buttons!

Materials needed:

Materialsrevised by LittleHouseCrafting

1. Use button cutter to cut button designs. See example below:

Cutter by LittleHouseCrafting

2. Prep the button maker as shown below:

Prep by LittleHouseCrafting

3. Put the shell in the left side of the button maker:

Shell by LittleHouseCrafting

4. Put the design on top of the shell:

Design by LittleHouseCrafting

5. Add the mylar on top of the shell and the design. Add the pinback into the right side of the press. Make sure that the pinback is facing the opposite direction of the graphic. Here, the graphic has the top of the design pointing left. This means that you want to have the top of the pinback pointing right:

Mylar by LittleHouseCrafting

6. Move the design up and push the button maker handle down to punch the design. 

Move design up by LittleHouseCrafting

7. The shell, design and mylar are held in the press, awaiting the pinback:

Reset by LittleHouseCrafting

8. Move the pinback button design up to where the design was and push the button press handle down to punch the design and the pinback together:

Move pinback up by LittleHouseCrafting

9. And now you have a button! :D

Yay button by LittleHouseCrafting

10. Repeat until the process until you have made the desired amount of buttons:

Repeat by LittleHouseCrafting

Enjoy your new found artisan craft! :D If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me. Please let me know if this tutorial was of any help to you. I would love to see your creations!
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alphabetsoup314 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've noticed that some of the design has wrapped around the edges. Would you normally take that sort of thing into consideration and leave a bit of blank space around the edges so that the design doesn't get distorted? Does this vary between machines?
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LittleHouseCrafting Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
The variation is in the cutter, not in the machine. The rotating cutter that came with my button machine cuts designs a little bigger than the button shell itself whereas the hand held dynamo cutter cuts the designs a bit bigger.

A pro for the hand held cutter is that the design won't wrap around the edge.

A con for the hand held cutter is if the button doesn't press well the first time then the design is harder to remove from the shell and reuse.
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alphabetsoup314 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, cool. Thanks for answering my question :D
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Aphelps Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
What is the best button maker to use? I am seeing a huge range of prices from $30 to $350.
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LittleHouseCrafting Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I recommend to go for is a button press, design cutter and button supply combo. This link is pretty good at detailing the different types and the best kinds:  thebuttonguy.net/the%20button%…. I have a Tecre with a rotating cutter myself and it works very well.

I'd stay away from badge-a-minit as it only takes badge-a-minit button supplies so shopping around can be difficult. 

You can also use button making services as well. You send them your designs and they make them into buttons for you.
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Skadoske Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I wish a had a button machine in my house. So many buttons to make!
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LittleHouseCrafting Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
You can find services online that can make buttons for you. You send them the design and they press them into buttons. If you do decide to invest in a machine I recommend you get the combo where the cutter and button supplies are included. It's cheaper that way.
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Skadoske Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I think I'll consider buying one when I shall have the money. Thanks for the recomendation c:
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painted-flamingo Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013
wow very neat! Wish I had a button making machine... although its probably better I don't, my home would be overflowing with buttons!
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LittleHouseCrafting Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
It can be easy to go overboard. If you do have access to one I'd love to see your buttons! :D
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painted-flamingo Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
aww unfortunately I do not!
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LittleHouseCrafting Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
D:
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ITAFTRS Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
We have those things at work. They are so funny to play around with!
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LittleHouseCrafting Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
They certainly are a lot of fun! :D
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