I’m new to button making.
My question is if I’m just making a few, and want to cut by hand or scissors, is it better to cut a bit more than the suggested cut lines or a bit less. Will the paper fit into the press if it’s cut slightly larger or will the button form properly? Thanks. Quang
How to cut circles to make pin-back buttons.
Cutting a bit less is fine, just inside the button template cutline. If your cut is larger than the cut line you will get paper sticking out of the back of the button. Cutting on the cutline is ideal or take a piece of mylar (plastic cover) and use that as a template to cut you’re artwork. The image or button artwork should be the same size as the mylar. Cutting with scissors works for most images but an image that must be centered exactly is better cut with a circle cutter or better still a graphic punch or die cutter. Cutting circles is a key part of button making. If you cut the circles well, it greatly improves your buttons. Badly centered buttons look terrible especially noticeable when your design is a circle within a circle.
If you are producing any kind of quantity then cutting with scissors is pretty tedious and certainly not efficient………but it works for small quantities. Above is a picture of a graphic punch. This is the best way to cut circles for quantities around 1000 buttons at a time.