Hi, Do you know anything about button presses made by a company called QLT Imaging Inc? I can't seem to find any information about that company (button making wise), but I see what looks like a pretty nice one on ebay. Thanks
I see a used 3-1/2” button maker on ebay.
QLT Imaging BP-200 Button Press
Problem is it does not appear to have any button parts. This looks like a made in China machine but I cannot be sure. If it is it means the button parts will be very expensive if you can get them at all. It is unlikely this machine takes standard North American Parts.
If this machine takes standard North American Button Parts it could be a sweet deal but the only way to find out is to test it.
With Button Makers its all about the supplies. You can’t make buttons with it without supplies.
It sadly won't let me post links in your ask box so here! Go to ebay and copy and paste this in: "25mm 1" Changeable Mould Button Maker Badge Material KIT" it's the very first one! All black All metal!
Unfortunately as soon as I see the 25mm I know it’s made in China. I have had some very poor experiences with made in china button makers. Especially those with interchangeable dies.
Also look at the prices of the button parts. These chinese button makers take 25mm NOT 1” parts. Ouch!
hi! i have a tecre model 100 button machine and my handle is stuck! it will only depress when the machine is set to the collet back side. i can't figure out how to get it unstuck!
We have a video. “How to unjam your button maker.”
This will fix it.
Hi Button Guy, My little button business is growing and i'm having to buy pack after pack of epson presentation paper matte. I was wondering if you know of any bulk paper suppliers, a company where I could buy in larger quantities and at a lower price?
I would look for a brilliant white photo copy paper. The epson special papers are not really necessary especially once you put mylar over the top.
Make a few different buttons and compare them.
Hi Button Guy! Really enjoy your site and blog, so much great info! I would like to ask you about making fabric buttons. Are there any special considerations for making these? Will a standard hand punch work for cutting out fabric circles, or would you recommend a heavier duty circle cutter? Also, I would want to skip adding in the mylar in order for the fabric to be exposed in the button, have you found this to be an issue? Any advice or tips would be appreciated, thanks a lot!
A standard hand punch or graphic punch will not work as a graphic punch does not have a blade. A rotary cutter works well and the blades can be replaced easily. Scissors will also work fine but for small quantities.
Many fabrics will work well but not all fabrics. You need a tightly woven fabric. Test fabrics. Some will work better than others.
Yes and you can make fabric buttons without mylar. But test your fabric, some will fray at the edges. Tightly woven works best.
Hi. I own a "Model 300 Button Maker Machine" that a purchased from American Button Machines. I've made hundreds of buttons for my school but recently while making buttons, the "upper die" is not picking up the button from the "pick up die shell." I have no idea what the problem is, since it was working perfectly fine. thank you
This usually happens when the top and bottom bolts have worked loose. Simply tightening top and bottom nuts and it should fix the problem. I DO NOT MEAN USE FORCE. Tight but do not over tighten.
Here’s a video link: http://thebuttonguy.net/videos.html Look for the “How to maintain your button maker” video
hey button guy (: I am thinking of buying a machine maker.. well actually a whole pack. The thing is that i wanted to buy something affordable since i am a teenager. I was thining the Pack with the 25mm (1") Micro Assembler (since i figured out that the perfect size for the pins i want to make is 25mm). I don't care spending another 100 dollars for one if it has in the set all the needed components to make some badges. So what do you think? Is this the best choice?
Affordable is not necessarily helpful. Spend $100 on a Chinese button maker or a badge-a-minit plastic kit use it for a short while. It will very quickly end up in landfill. You wasted $100 and will have a few poorly made buttons.
Or spend $300 and get an all metal machine made in USA and your grandchildren will use it. It will be faster to make buttons. There will be no waste and the button parts are half the price.
Waste $100 now or save up for a real solution.
Hi, I am making 3.5 inch mirrors for the first time and use professional photographic paper. The glossy paper is giving me Newton Rings at the edges. Should I be using lustre paper to stop the gloss on gloss mylar effect or is it something to do with the bend of my shim?
I do not believe this has anything to do with the shim. What is probably causing the Newton rings (interference pattern between the mylar and the paper) is the quantity of ink on the paper. Too much ink can be a problem. I realise you want lots of ink for a good quality image. But that is the conundrum.
There are a couple of solutions:
1) Reduce the dpi of your printer. Reduce the quality. Try printing at 150 dpi instead of 300 dpi on thinner paper. If your printer just has settings try medium quality or low quality instead of high quality. But the drawback is of course quality. Look at your button at lower quality beside a button in photo quality with the Newton rings. How does it compare? Remember your customers will not see the comparison.
2) Print the high resolution image on your photo paper and then laminate the image. I would use pearl or matte photo paper, not glossy. Cut your image and make the button/mirror using the laminate instead of mylar. You do have a choice, some images look better with a matte laminate (especially where there’s lots of white background). But blacks look great with a glossy laminate. It does not reflect as much as mylar.
Hi: You said in a recent post: "Flat back buttons can be mounted directly onto plaques, trophies, and other applications with a two-sided peel and stick foam disks." Where can you recommend one go to get these peel and stick disks? I can no longer afford to buy them from my current source, as they are charging almost $15 just to MAIL them...on top of the $50 it costs for their smallest roll!! -HELP!
The $50 depends on how many. If it’s a roll of 5000 it’ a good price. If it’s of 500 it’s expensive. “shipping $15” is probably just what it costs. Remember that a supplier cannot just put something in an envelope with a stamp. Customers want a tracking # and customers want it replaced if it does not arrive.
I always look at it together. $65 / 5000 is excellent. $65 / 500 would be expensive.
Where do you buy? How many do you get for $65?
Hi, do you have any recommendations for someone wanting to make their own smaller buttons strictly as a hobby? The 2 1/4" seem to be doable cheaply with a Badge-A-Minit if you're not trying to run a business, but even their 1-1/4" press is nearly $100. And at that price, I might as well just get something better. So is there a more entry - level option to start, or am I just going to have to bite the bullet and get something serious? Thanks!
Problem is you do not get any value from a badgeAminit. They do not work well. In my experience they do not make well shaped buttons and those button parts are really expensive.
Take a look here:
$170 and it’s much better value. But this is a 2-1/4”. The 1-1/4” is more expensive. But it is all metal and a pro machine.
With these machines you get so much more.