How to Make a Button
It seems that everyone loves buttons. People collect and trade them, but have you ever wondered how to make one? At Just Buttons, we’ve been making buttons for a long time, and we have a few tips for those of you out there who want to learn how to make your own buttons. You can either invest in machines and supplies or you can order buttons from a button maker like Just Buttons.
Before you make buttons….
- Pick a Size:
Button making is fun, but it can get expensive pretty quickly. The first decision to make is about size. The smaller the size, the cheaper it is to get started. Smaller buttons require smaller machines and parts. Don’t forget to buy a cutter as well. Circle cutters bought at your craft store might work, but the cutters sold by the manufacturers will always work. Which will save you space and money. It costs a heck of a lot more to ship 3.5″ buttons than it does to ship 1″. At Just Buttons, we offer seven shapes and twenty-one sizes.
- Research Suppliers
If you do a quick search on eBay you will find a variety of inexpensive button machines. Most are imported from China. Stay away from these machines. You are going to want to buy a machine made in the USA. Machines made in the USA will use standard parts, which are made in the USA. If you buy one of the Chinese machines you will have to import your parts at a premium. There are several USA suppliers that all produce good button makers, Tecre, USA Buttons, and Badge Parts. Avoid machines that claim to be able to do multiple sizes. They are nothing but trouble.
- Research Printers
How will you print the graphics for your buttons? If you have a printer, what is it going to cost per page to print? Laser, inkjet? Will you be having the prints done professionally? At Just Buttons, we use a professional digital printing press.
- Research Software
What programs will you use to set up the art for your custom made buttons? Corel, Photoshop, Illustrator? Or will you try to use Microsoft Word (which we do not recommend!) You are going to need a program capable of handling and printing high quality, vector artwork. You will also need a computer equipped with enough memory and processing power to handle graphic work. In our shop, we are running Macs with the latest Adobe Creative Cloud Suite.
For this tutorial, we are using a Tecre 1″ round hand press.