Original Pinbadge Recycling




About: Trying to do somethig better than expected XD

Do you have a pinbadge from a boring conference or one which you found in the street?
Have you discover and old forgotten badge in your room?

This instructable tells you how to paint your old, boring or simply ugly badges into a new ones.

(English is not my mother tongue so I have probably made some mistakes. Sorry and please, let me know if I did that)

Step 1: Materials

It's very simply. You only need:

- The pinbagde
- Cheap or ugly nail polish (You can use other too )
- Acrylics, water and paintbrush
- Transparent nail polish

(You don't need a good quality nail polish because you're not going to use it on your nails, so I prefer to use a cheap nail polish and don't spend my money )

Step 2: First Layer

Clean your pinbadge.

Paint the pinbadge with a first layer of nail polish (Use a bright color if you want a bright background and a dark color if you want a dark background).
You don't need to use the same color as you want in the final result, because this is only the basic layer.
Paint the back side as the photo.

It don't need to look pretty!!

(Wait until be sure that the nail polish it's dry)

Step 3: Choose Your Design

Now you have to choose the desing for your badge.

  Do research and draw sketches about how you want to paint it.Take a decison and be sure about it before you start to paint the design in the next step.

Step 4: Background

Paint the background with the acrylic color chosen.
Paint a first layer of homogeneus strokes.
When the first layer is dry, paint a second layer of perpendicular strokes.
It's important to use dense strokes, and not to dilute the painting with water.
(Paint the backside)
Wait until the last layer is dry.

Step 5: The Draw!!!

Now paint your design on the pinbadge.

Step 6: The Final Layer

Once you have painted your desing you must protect the painting.

Use the transparent nail polish to cover the painting.
Apply fast the nail polish, if it dried before you have applied the polish on the whole badge.... You would not get a good result.
(As you can see at the photos I tip the nail polish over the badge to do it faster)
Don't forget to paint the back side.
Let it dry for a long time to be sure.

And now you have a new pinbadge (made at home) !!!! ^ ^



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    21 Discussions


    7 years ago on Introduction

    These are called badges in the UK, and I think you did a fabulous job with the instructable and the language! Thanks very much for putting forth such effort! ☺


    7 years ago on Step 5

    Awesome results, if it were me doing it, though it wouldn't come out so great, hahah you are a great painter

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    8 years ago on Introduction

    These are great!
    What is your native language? you speak English fairly well. The only misakes were a few that would have been difficult for others and a few common spelling mistakes.
    Great idea, you are very talented.

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    8 years ago on Introduction

    Hello! I just found this and I wanted to say it's fantastic! I have a whole bunch of these buttons from various conventions and I was wondering how to reuse them. You gave me the answer! And since you asked... I'd like to point out that the phrase "Take documentary and draw scketches..." is confusing (also sketches is spelled wrong). I'm sorry if it's offensive to correct something like this, I mean no harm! It's just a little hard to understand since it sounds (looks) like you mean that one should write down (document) all the steps they had just taken. It may be better phrased "Do research and draw sketches" which would mean to look around for what you want to draw and, of course, sketch it out for practice. I can't wait for a rainy day when I'm feeling creative. I bet people would love them as presents rather than just throwing them away!

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    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks! Sorry for the mistake, i'm going to correct it. I didn' know the way to said that and I thoguht "sketches" was correct. Thanks once again. I hope you'll enjoy your new buttons ;)

    Well, some people told me that badge is the correct name. I think is ambiguous too, but pins in spanish are other thing.... and I did not really know how to call it!!


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Nicely done,  your buttons look great! I wish I could draw like you.

    PS:  in the title of step 3 desing should be  design.  I think the word appears in a few other places too.

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    8 years ago on Introduction

    This is a great idea! You are a very good painter!


    8 years ago on Introduction

    I love when people get out of their comfort zone to do things in another language.  It makes a fascinating instructable.  Good job!

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    8 years ago on Introduction

    nice simple idea - good work.

    I used to make badges from epoxy putty and safety pins. I might have to make that an instructable too.