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Standard 2" Buttons: What's up with the Plastic Back? March 01 2017

If you've ever looked into getting a Standard 2" Round Button Maker, you may have noticed that the 2" Pinned Back is a little different than every other size of button. It's made of black plastic instead of metal.

There is reasoning behind the 2" Plastic Back, and you're gonna find out all about it!

First, start off with this video on "How to Make 2 Inch Round Buttons with Plastic Pinned Backs" courtesy of The Button Guy!

 HOW TO MAKE 2" BUTTONS WITH PLASTIC PINNED BACKS

 

Now that you know how a Standard 2" Button is Made, we'll fill you in on the mysterious black plastic backing!

THIRD PRESS OPERATION

When a button is made with a plastic backing, the edge of the button gets crimped at a 45 degree angle. For a pinback button, this 45 degree crimp will hold the button together no problem. The problem with this crimp becomes obvious if you try and mount that button on a plaque, scrap book, or card. It just doesn't lay flat!

The Standard 1", 2", and 6" Round Buttons can be subject to a "Third Press Operation" patented by Tecre. This simply means that the the button gets pressed one extra time in the the pick up die, which flattens the edge completely. The button, now with a flattened back, can be adhered to whatever you like using double sided sticky foam disks or other adhesives.

So now you know what's up the the plastic back! Yay 2 inch buttons :)

 

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Button Making Business: Convention Tips from a Pro February 08 2017

Fan conventions seem to get bigger every year and art buttons are one of the hottest artist alley sellers. Whether you are ordering custom buttons made with your artwork or firing up your own button press to make your own, buttons are a great and low-cost way to get your art in the hands of your con-going customers.

We get lots of requests for tips and advice for selling buttons at conventions and although we dipped our toes in at FanExpo 2013 we asked artist and convention veteran Allie of "Allieeeps!" for her top Artist Alley Button tips!

Selling buttons at anime and comic conventions tips from a pro

PPP: How long have you been doing artist Alleys at Conventions?

Allie: I've been doing artist alley for 10 years now and selling buttons for the last 9.

PPP: You sell prints and other art as well, but buttons have become a big part of your art business!

A: Over time they have definitely become my biggest sellers! Which is great because they're my favorite thing to do. People are more inclined to spend a few dollars on a button than many dollars on a print.

PPP: We get a lot of questions about what con-goers are likely to respond to art-wise. What kind of artwork/characters do you find are the most popular ones (original vs. popular characters)? What sizes work best for fan buttons?

A: Pre-existing characters outsell original characters by an extremely large margin. But it doesn't necessarily follow that a popular thing will outsell an unpopular thing. Game of Thrones is extremely popular for instance but my GoT buttons never do well. And some buttons that were popular a year ago are impossible to sell now. At the same time, nostalgia can be a big factor in sales, and if you do something lesser known you might be the only table that has it and therefore less competition. My best advice is to make buttons for what YOU love because then even if they don't sell well you'll have a fun time making them!

PPP: Can fans find your buttons online?

A: Yes I sell buttons online. I'm definitely a smaller seller though, I know many people who are always having to restock because their online store is so successful. I'm not sure what the secret is but I don't mind making very few sales online, it keeps my non-work life from getting too crazy.

PPP: This is really great advice for seasoned sellers and newbies alike! Can we shout out your favorite convention to table at?

A: Favorite convention goes to Calgary Expo. It's massive but not overwhelming and the people are so nice and excited about the artists alley. Plus it's always exciting to get to travel a little for a con.

Check out Allie's art and buttons on Etsy and DeviantArt

Inspired to make your own buttons or interested in starting your own fan button business? Start by checking out our button making start-up kits and custom button services!

 

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MYLAR 101: What does "Mil" Mean? January 23 2017

As some of you may have noticed, Mylar and Dura-Lar are measured by thickness.
The thickness of Mylar and Dura-Lar are measured in "mil" ... But, what's a mil?

A Mil is equal to 1/1,000th of an inch, and is written either as "1 mil" or 0.001"

 

MEASURING MYLAR

Mylar comes in two thicknesses. There is 2 mil Mylar or 0.002" Mylar, a specialty thickness to be used with thick paper or photographs. This 2 mil Mylar is slightly thinner than the standard Mylar ringing in at 2/1,000ths of an inch thick.

0.003" Mylar, 3 mil Mylar, Button Making Parts & Supplies, Mylar 101

The standard thickness is 3mil Mylar or 0.003" Mylar. This is the standard thickness, and is best paired with standard 20lb printer paper. Three mil Mylar is what comes in all of our button making kits, and is the industry standard thickness. It is 3/1,000ths of an inch in thickness.

 

MEASURING DURA-LAR

Dura-Lar Film, a Mylar alternative that can go through a laser printer, is also measure in mil.

The Silver/Gold double sided Mattalised Dura-Lar Film is the thinnest Dura-Lar product with a thickness of 2 mil (0.002"). The Glossy Dura-Lar Film is slightly thicker than regular Mylar, at 4 mil (0.004") thick, and the thickest is Matte Dura-Lar at 5 mil (0.005").

 

So now when you're shopping around for Mylar or other specialty finishes and see the word Mil kicking about, you know exactly what it means! Knowledge is Power!

 

  

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Flashback Friday: The History of Buttons January 06 2017

Have you ever ever wondered why and how pinback buttons came into existence?

Well, wonder no more! At People Power Press, we love buttons so much that we wanted to share the history buttons with all of you :)

Let's start at the beginning and go way back to when the first buttons hit the scene. They weren't like the buttons we know and love today, but hey, it was in the 1700's, an evolution was bound to happen along the way!

Enjoy the entire Short History of the Pinback Button presented by The Button Guy and learn how buttons came to be!

Can't get enough button history? You can check out an older post featuring some more REALLY old-school inaugural buttons here.

 

 

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Rusty Buttons? Why do my buttons rust? Button Rust? September 20 2013

Quick question....I've been making buttons for a while now using a Tecre model 100 and their parts. I've noticed that after like 6+ months, my buttons are rusting around the inside edges when you look at them from the back....what causes this and how can I prevent it? Thanks!

 

Rusty Buttons

 

Buttons are tin and will rust very quickly.

 

I of course don’t know your specific situation but do you do outdoor...

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