Introduction: Making Custom Buttons

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In this instructable, we will be teaching the steps to make your own button pins. This instructable is intended for ages 18 and up, or with adult supervision to avoid injury while using the equipment. It is also directed towards those who own the specific model of button press, The Machine 250.

The materials needed include

(1) button press

(2) hole puncher

(3) shells

(4) pinbacks

(5) mylar sheets

You will also need a piece of paper with a design you want to turn into a button and scissors or a paper cutter to cut the paper into strips.

Step 1: Draw Your Desired Image in a 1.5 Inch Circle

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Only 1.25 inches will be visible on the face of the button.The rest will appear around the inside edge. You could also use any piece of paper that is no thicker than standard printer paper. Thicker paper can jam the press.

Step 2: Cut Paper Into 2.5 Inch Strip

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Wider will not fit in the hole punch.

Step 3: Put Strip Into Hole Puncher

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Line up image with hole to make finished button centered.

Step 4: Push Lever Down Until the Handle Meets the Base

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Step 5: Push Bottom Cylinder Up to Remove Insert

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Step 6: Find the Stage 1 Side of the Press

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The number is indicated by an engraving in the blue metal.

Step 7: Put Shell With Outside Face Facing Upwards Into the Pedestal

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Step 8: Put Paper Insert on Top of the Shell With Image Facing Up

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Step 9: Line Horizontal Axis of Image Up With Alignment Marks

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Make sure to keep the right side of the image facing the outside edge to ensure proper alignment.

Step 10: Put Mylar on Top of Paper Insert

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Make sure to wipe away any fingerprints off of the mylar. They will show up clearly on the finished button.

Step 11: Rotate Stage 1 Under the Lever

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Make sure it is pushed all the way until it won't turn anymore.

Step 12: Push Lever Down Until There Is Less Resistance

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Don't push the lever too hard. Applying excessive force can cause crimping around the inside edge of the button. Release lever once finished.

Step 13: Find Stage 2 of the Press

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The number is indicated by an engraving in the blue metal.

Step 14: Put Pinback in the Pedastal With Outside Face Facing Down

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As you place it in make sure the hook on the bottom side is facing the outside edge to ensure proper alignment.

Step 15: Line Up Pin With Alignment Marks

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Step 16: Rotate Stage 2 Under Lever

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Make sure it is pushed all the way until it won't turn anymore.

Step 17: Push Lever Down

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Don't push the lever too hard. Applying excessive force can cause crimping around the inside edge of the button. Release lever once finished.

Step 18: Rotate Stage 2 Out From Under Lever

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Once it is clear remove the completed button.

Comments

AngelaH64 (author)2016-04-21

The instructions that came with my button maker are not as useful and usable as these! Thanks for providing these for users!

aalfaro3 (author)2016-03-01

these button presses come with instructions..

unnecessary instructable.

lgooms (author)aalfaro32016-03-11

it probably won't have instructions if you buy it second hand. This is a Useful instructable.

lgooms (author)aalfaro32016-03-11

it probably won't have instructions if you buy it second hand. This is a Useful instructable.

pgray5 (author)2016-03-02

can you tell me where you get the shells from I've been looking for them but can't find them

caferg2 (author)pgray52016-03-03

I got them from https://www.etsy.com/shop/ButtonBoyInc make sure to get the right size for your press.

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