Great Ideas: Buttons for Your Wedding! March 06 2017
Wedding planning season is here! We are always thrilled about the beautiful ideas that come through the shop at this time of year (like these beautiful buttons for the Wedding Co Show)
We always have questions about ideas for buttons as wedding favours but what about gifts for your wedding party too? Custom Bottle Openers and Pocket Mirrors as gifts for the loved ones supporting you on your special day can be personal and perfect!
Buttons, magnets, mirrors or bottle openers, make excellent wedding favours too! Some of our customers make personalized buttons with the name of each guest! One of our designers made illustrated "Bride" and "Groom" buttons for her wedding!
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 :)
Great Ideas: Collage Buttons! February 23 2017
Check out these beautiful buttons made by artist Sydney Rose!
Collage is Sydney's medium of choice for most of her art practice (Golden Encyclopedias from the 60's and 70's are her favourite source for images)
"As life gets more busy, I'm always looking at ways to hammer out ideas faster. I've also been looking for a way to produce small collages that can be distributed at a lower price point. The decision to get a button press was super random but it has been incredibly satisfying. It's so easy to produce collages quickly, without any adhesive. Like a sketch book."
We love the result!
Video: How to Make DIY Button Bracelet Charms February 20 2017
In a recent post, we featured Magnetic Button Bracelets with 1" Flatback Button Charms.
There are plenty of Charm Collections available for all of our magnetic jewelry, but it's so fun and satisfying to make a collection of your own!
Make charms with your initials, pics of your pet, or just a pretty design that you doodled. There's no wrong way to DIY your own button charms, but there's definitely a correct way to make them!
If you like the idea of DIY 1" Flatback Button Charms but would rather have us make them for ya, that's no problem at all!
Just give us a call at 1-866-996-1984 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a quote :)
Beautiful Magnetic Button Bracelets! February 15 2017
These Beautiful Magnetic Button Charm Bracelets would look great on you!
These magnetic buttons bracelets use Button Charms made with 1" round flat back buttons. Super nifty :)
These beautiful button bracelets come in 2 different styles. Pictured above is the One Charm Magnetic Button Bracelet, that holds one charm at a time. The magnetic bracelet base is paired with a leatherette bracelet band, and comes with a collection of 5 flatback button charms so you can mix and match to your hearts content!
The second style is the Five Bezel Magnetic Button Charm Bracelet. This bracelet is able to hold up to 5 button charms at once, and each bracelet comes with a whole collection of flatback button charms right off the bat.
For more information about our magnetic button bracelets, custom flatback buttons, or any other products we carry, feel free to get in touch!
Email us email@example.com or give us a call at 1-866-996-1984.
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!
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.
Sweet & Sassy Button Greeting Cards for Valentine's Day February 07 2017
The People Power Press Button Greeting Card Collection has some Sweet and Sassy new additions for Valentine's Day!
If you're not big into Valentine's Day let us break the news for you with the "Sorry Valentine, Love Stinks" card. For the traditionalist, we've got a good ole "Will You be my Valentine" card :) Each card comes with a sweet little button so your Valentine can wear a piece of the card and think of you all day long!
If the other card designs are too cheesy for ya, just add a piece of heart shaped pepperoni, because who doesn't love a slice of pizza and a hilarious pun? Take another little Pizza my Heart!
Each card measures 4 X 5.75" and is blank inside so you can write a personal message. They also come with an envelope, and of course a pinback button :)
Like what you see here? Take a look at all of our Valentine's Day Button Greeting Cards, or the entire People Power Press Button Greeting Card Collection!
Have a Happy Valentine's Day!
Throwback Thursday: Groundhog Day Vintage Button Roundup February 02 2017
We know Groundhog day seems like it happens again and again so why not delve into the past with these cool vintage Groundhog Day buttons. We're not sure how accurate of a meteorologist these little dudes are but knowing it'll be spring eventually is good enough for us!
Make Your Own Button Bottle Opener on a 2-1/4" Machine January 31 2017
There are lots of neat things that can be made on a Standard 2-1/4" Round Button Maker.
This How-To Video show you Step-By-Step How to Make Custom Button Bottle Openers on a Standard 2-1/4" Round Hand Press.
The instructions cover all types of bottle openers which include Metal Pocket Bottle Openers, Metal Keyring Bottle Openers, Black Pocket Bottle Openers, Black Keyring Bottle Openers, and Fridge Magnet Bottle Openers. Take a look!
To order parts for Button Bottle Openers, just go to the product page for Parts & Supplies for Standard 2-1/4" Button Makers. Click the dropdown menu entitled "what do you need?" and then pick your parts!
2-1/4" Button Bottle Opener Kits come with everything you need to make bottle openers (mylar, shell, bottle opener back, keyring, etc.) and are available in packs of 100, 500, and 1000 units.
We can make your Custom Button Bottle Openers too!
Get in touch with us at +1 (866) 996-1984 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a quote!
Buttons for Chinese New Year: Year of the Rooster January 27 2017
Gong Xi Fa Cai and Gong Hey Fat Choy! Tomorrow marks 2017's Chinese New Year and this year is the Year of the Rooster so we made this bright and sparkley buttons to celebrate. This year's element is Fire! You can find out what your Chinese zodiac sign is here.
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 MYLARMylar 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.
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.
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!
Product Feature: PPP Button Greeting Cards January 18 2017
Sending a greeting card to someone special? Let them know that they're the nearest and dearest with a People Power Press Button Greeting Card!
The entire People Power Press Button Greeting Card Collection can be found here! Our collection of Button Greeting Cards will be growing too, so check back and see what cards we have in the future.
Best part of all: even if the card makes its way to the recycling bin, the recipient will always have a button to wear, share, and remind them of how thoughtful you are :)
All greeting cards measure 4 X 5.75", are blank on the inside, come with a white envelope, and a stylish pinback button that's ready to wear and share!
Keychains Two Ways: Learn how to make Split Ring and Snake Keychains with your Model 150 Button Maker January 10 2017
Button Keychains are practical, easy to make, and come in lots of different styles to suit any taste.
Button keychains allow you to take a special picture with you everywhere you go! You can rep your favorite band, show off the cutest picture EVER of your cat, oh the possibilities!
The videos below show you how to make a 1-1/2" Round Split Ring Keychain, as well as a 1-1/2" Round Snake Keychain. Both styles are pressed on a Model #150 Hand Press and use Standard 1-1/2" Round Parts.
Supplies used to make Split Ring Keychains on the Model #150 Button Maker:
- Standard 1-1/2" Round Button Shell
- Standard 1-1/2" Round Slot Back
- Standard 1-1/2" Round Mylar (3mm)
- Split Ring with Tab
- Button Artwork
You can find "EVERYTHING for Split Ring KEYCHAINS" kit in the drop down product menu when you click through the link. This kit includes the button shells, slot backs, 3mm mylar, and split rings with tabs (everything except the artwork). They are available in packs of 10, 25, 100, 500, and 1000 units.1-1/2" Split Ring Keychains are also available with a Versa Back instead of a Slot Back. Learn how to press a button keychian using a Versa Back here.
Supplies used to make Snake Keychains on the Model #150 Button Maker:
- Standard 1-1/2" Round Button Shell
- Standard 1-1/2" Round Slot Back
- Standard 1-1/2" Round Mylar (3mm)
- Snake Keychain with Tab
- Button Artwork
CUSTOM BUTTON KEYCHAINS
Not really a Do-It-Yourself type? No worries, we can totally make custom keychains in various styles and sizes for ya! Take a look at all of our custom button keychain options, including the 1-1/2" Split Ring and 1-1/2" Snake Keychain featured in this post!
MORE BUTTON KEYCHAIN RESOURCES
Learn more about all of the different types of keychains that we offer! Check out these blog posts for lots of great info on keychain parts and more How-To Videos courtesy of The Button Guy on YouTube :)
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!
Can't get enough button history? You can check out an older post featuring some more REALLY old-school inaugural buttons here.
Great Ideas: The Resolution-O-Matic Button Vending Machine January 05 2017
Setting new year's resolutions can be super boring and stressful! Let us pick one for you! This month we decided to fill up the vending machine outside the shop with silly New Year's resolution that you can keep (like "Eat More Cake") or aspire to ("Become a Rockstar"), randomly selected for you!
Stop by our Toronto shop to grab your own!
Inspired? Resolve to make more buttons! Put your own button sales on automatic with Button Vending Machines in a variety of sizes! The one outside our shop is a Round Beaver model that fits 1" Buttons and is available as a kit with everything you need to sell buttons with it!
Get That New Year's Sparkle All Year Long With Holographic Foil January 04 2017
Make your own shiny and sparkly buttons with new Holographic foil from People Power Press! When paired with artwork printed Dura-Lar this holographic foil can be used to make glittery holographic buttons at home!
Don't know how to use holographic foil for button making? Well take a look at this How-To Video from The Button Guy and you'll know what you're doing in no time :)
There are many different colors and styles of holographic foil too! Pictured below are Holographic Red, Holographic Gold Disco, Holographic Blue, Holographic Silver Disco, and Holographic Silver Glitter! Not pictured is a super fun Hologrphic Rainbow Foil which can be seen when you click through the link.
All of the button artwork above were printed on Dura-Lar Film and this printed Dura-Lar was then placed right on top of the holographic foil to get this fabulously glittery finish.
Button designs using holographic foil tend to be most successful when paired with simple clean digital artwork. Black and solid bold colours look great!
New Video: Making Button with Dura-Lar December 27 2016
Dura-Lar is the perfect acetate alternative. A highly versatile polyester film that is the perfect cross between mylar and acetate (which CANNOT GO THROUGH A LASER PRINTER!).
It is a super high-quality product that is heat resistant, tear resistant and does not absorb moisture or discolor with age. So your buttons artwork will still look stunning for years and years to come!
HOW TO PRINT ONTO DURA-LAR FILM
WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE BUTTON WITH DURA-LAR
MATERIALS TO USE
It's important to use materials that have a similar weight to printer paper so it doesn't jam your machine. If you do run into a jam however, here's how you can unjam your machine :)
Nine times out of 10, when a customer brings in a broken machine it turns out to be nothing more than a jam (which is great news)!
A button maker jam is something that is easily remedied at home, and often requires nothing more than some elbow grease and a bit of patience.
This video will teach you everything you need to know about how to un-jam your button maker when the top and bottom dies are stuck together. Hopefully it will save you unneeded stress, and an unneeded emergency visit to the button store!
THINGS YOU MAY NEED TO UNJAM YOUR MACHINE
- A large rubber mallet. Please don't use a metal hammer on your hand press!
KNOW YOUR HAND PRESS
Use this simple diagram to navigate your hand press
- Hold the handle firmly in the upright position, as seen in the diagram.
- Confidently hit the bottom die that is NOT stuck with the rubber mallet. Don't be shy! The mallet is rubber and the machine is super sturdy.
- Once the bottom die is released from the clutches of the top die, eject the cause of the jam by lifting the outer part of upper die. Hopefully it will pop right out!
- If the jammed button shell / artwork doesn't come out by lifting the outer part of the upper die, try pressing the button over an empty crimp die (the deeper one where the pinned back go). Usually the button will release after pressing as usual.
Though knowing how to unjam your button maker when the dies are stuck together is a really good skill to have, so is knowing how to avoid a button maker jam in the first place :) Luckily The Button Guy already has a great How-To Video for just that! SWEET!
New Video: Button Rocket Vending Machine December 09 2016
The Automatic Button Vending Machine is an ideal solution for button producers looking to have their products in stores and in the public eye. The sharp design of this simple to use and maintain button dispenser allows you to keep on producing buttons (or take a break) whilst your buttons are out there selling themselves!
STANDARD FEATURES OF THE AUTOMATIC BUTTON ROCKET VENDING MACHINE
- Tubular lock included on lid and cash box door
- Made of solid cast aluminum and zinc
- Takes 1" capsules which can hold up to four 1" Round Lockpin Buttons
- Coin mechanism with built in security measuring both width and size of a coin
- High security easy access money bag with 800 coin capacity
- Straight drop through product chute
HOW TO OPERATE THE BUTTON ROCKET VENDING MACHINE
Want to know the basics of the Button Rocket Vending Machine before you decide if it's the machine for you? Look no further :)
Here's a video from The Button Guy's YouTube Channel on How to Operate the Button Rocket Vending Machine! Check out the entire YouTube channel for a giant collection of How-To Videos and neat button making tips and tricks!
The Button Rocket Vending Machine comes with one coin mechanism, but don't sweat it, if you decide you want to get another size:) Additional coin mechanisms for the The Button Rocket are available in the following sizes:
1 x 25 cents (1 quarter), 2 x 25 cents (2 quarters), 1 x $1 ($1 coin Canadian), 1 x $2 ($2 coin Canadian), Token Vend (1 x 0.984" token), Free Vend (Just turn handle - no coin).
CUSTOM BUTTONS READY FOR THE VENDING MACHINE
Love the idea of a button vending machine, but don't have the time to press all those buttons yourself? Not only do we make custom buttons, and other fun custom products, we also do custom buttons packed in capsules that are ready to vend! SO EASY :)
If you have any questions about button vending machines, or anything button-related for that matter, don't hesitate to get in touch :) Call TOLL FREE: 1-866-996-1984
New Video: How to Avoid Button Maker Jams December 02 2016
Sometimes when making buttons, you run into a jam.
One video we posted a while ago gave step-by-step instructions on how to un-jam a hand press that has something stuck in it. Click through the link to watch the video on The Button Guy YouTube Channel.
Though it's great to know how to un-jam a button maker, it's also really handy to know how to avoid button maker jams in the first place...
HOW TO AVOID BUTTON MAKER JAMS
HOW TO AVOID BUTTON MAKER JAMS: TIPS & TRICKS FROM THE VIDEO
1. Make sure you only use 1 shell or collet at a time. They like to stick together
2. Only use 1 mylar at a time. They tend to be very easily affected by static and cling together like nobody's business
3. Only use paper that is 28lbs or less. (regular old photocopy paper is actually the best paper to use!)
4. Keep your machine well lubricated! Lubricant for button makers is really inexpensive, and comes in a tube that will last for decades
5. Stick to artwork that is drawn on paper, or printed out. Though making a 3-D collage on your button shell might look nifty, your button maker prefers nice flat artwork
Record Label Buttons for Arbutus Records! December 02 2016
These 1" round custom record label buttons were made for Arbutus Records, a Montreal label that's been around since 2007. They're home to a bunch of really amazing artists who represent a variety of music genres.
The label started out by recording their friends, many of whom are still signed with Arbutus Records today. They pride themselves on being accessible and inclusive, values that we at People Power Press also take to heart.
These 1" Round Record Label Buttons are really striking, and the geometric logo looks like it was destined to be on a button!
SPEAKING OF MUSIC...
If you're in the market for some band buttons, record label buttons, or make music of any kind, check out our Lyric Video and Custom Button Bundles ! These bundles are PERFECT-O for any band, musician, or singer-songwriter whose looking for some swag that won't break the bank :)
Tis' the Season with Button Greeting Cards November 30 2016
Receiving a holiday greeting card in the mail is a nice little pick-me-up, especially on a stormy winter day.
Be the best card-giver you can be this season with the People Power Press Holiday Button Greeting Card Collection! Let the holiday cheer stay with your friends, co-workers, and loved one long after they open the envelope :)
Holiday Button Greeting Cards are the cards that keep on giving. Each card comes with a super cute button that will get anyone into the holiday spirit!
We've got a whole range of Holiday Button Greeting Card designs too. There's something perfect for darling grandma, your bestie, or the acquaintance that you only sort-a know.
Pictured above are Merry Christmas Sweater, Happy Holidays Wreath, and Too Hip for the Holidays. There are a range of different button designs available with each card, so check out the product pages for all off the possibilities!
Too Hip for the Holidays Pin Packs
If you think the Too Hip for the Holidays Cards are as wonderful and silly as we do, we've got some good news: All of the button designs are available as single buttons AND as 5 button pin packs too :)
The People Power Press 2016 Holiday Gift Guide November 25 2016
The holidays are almost here and at People Power Press we've got you covered! With crafty projects, personalized presents, and fun & frugal ideas, there's something for everyone on your list!
Get into the festive button making spirit with the Flex3000 Holiday Kit from People Power Press!
The kit includes a FLEX3000 3" button making machine, 3" Round Rotary Cutter, 100 x 3" complete button and 10x complete magnet parts PLUS 100 x 3" Round Holiday Themed Pre-Cut Art (50 full colour + 50 colour-your-own).
The perfect gift to kickstart a whole world of button making possibilities!
'Tis the the season to be jolly ... making buttons! This teeny tiny holiday token making kit is great for crafting gifts for the minimalist on your list or creating collections of seasonally awesome fridge magnets for friend and family. *Available for a limited time only*
|Now you can turn your family photos, art, and memories into Personalized Tree Ornaments! Perfect for commemorating parties, special Christmases, and events like family reunions! Design your own or send us your ideas and photos and have one of our talented Designers create something special for you.|
Change it, swap it, click it, it's Magnetic Button Jewelry! 1" flat-back button charms can be changed to go with any look! Delight your favorite fashionista with a set of custom charms created just for them or choose from our trendy designs!
Also a perfect gift for that special someone with a 1" Button Maker!
|For loved ones near and far, send a smile with Button Greeting Cards! Available in fun and festive designs - give them a greeting AND a button they can wear!|
|Show them you know them! Book and music lovers, cyclists, hipsters and coffee connoisseurs will be delighted by their very own Pin Pack, with all kinds of themes for all kinds of interests! Perfect for stocking stuffers or secret santas too!|
|Silly face dry erase buttons, magnets and ornaments are fun for kids and kids-at-heart! Draw with dry erase markers on top of festive designs, wear and display, then erase them and do it all over again!|
Looking for a gift for a bookworm, writer, artist or vintage lover? We're breathing new life into old library books with our collection of Up-cycled Library Notebooks and Sketchbooks. Made with library books that have been diverted from landfill, these books are hardcover, coil bound, and use "Tree Free" recycled paper.
Available in large and small sizes, we can even make a custom one out of your favorite book! Find them online email us for more details!
Make More Music! Custom Buttons for CTRL ROOM November 16 2016
People Power Press loves music makers!
CTRL ROOM is fully equipped for their artists to jam and record their own music, which makes it possible for them to live out their sole objective: promoting the creation and distribution of quality music by dedicated DJs.