Button Making

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Introduction: Button Making

Hello, In this simple Instructable, I will teach you how to make buttons in any theme with a computer, button materials, and a button press.

Step 1: Materials

For this Instructable, all you need is a button press, computer, and the button materials: a laminate circle, the back of the button, and the metal front piece.

Step 2: Printing & Cutting

Print out the design you would like to make a button out of. The design should be large enough to fit on the button, in this case about 2.5 inches across. I used a black circle cutter at this radius to cut my design out, but a pair of scissors can easily cut the design.

Step 3: Pressing the Button

1. Place the metal front in the left slide of the button press.

2. Put the design on the metal front, and the laminate slide on that.

3. Push the left slide under the press, and press down as shown.

4. When you release the press, if you are successful then the button will be held in the press. Now, place the back of the button with the side that faces out down, and push under the press.

5. After pressing down and releasing again, the completed button will be in the press. If all is correct, it will look as shown in the hand.

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    heatherpang
    heatherpang

    2 years ago

    After a class discussion about current events, including protests and the right to free speech, we spent one class period designing buttons. The prompt was simple: design a button that shows your opinion on a current issue. Students drew by hand or on the computer to create their designs (I provided a paper template with the correct circle size for our button maker). We had good conversations about how much needed to be said to get a point across, and what types of symbols help make a point graphically.

    Students researched their causes as part of the design process, and discussed the various political slogans they found.

    In the next class we compared the student buttons to real ones from various causes and continued our conversation about free speech and the power of protest.

    Students reflected that they had to really understand an issue before they could summarize it on a button.

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