by Joe |
March 7, 2016 · 4:44 pm
Do button makers need specific buttons for them to work? For example, if I bought a 1.25inch button maker then can I get 1.25inch buttons from anywhere and still make buttons or do the buttons need to be from the same company that sold the button maker? This is the only thing keeping me from buying something on eBay (where the brand isn’t necessarily listed) Thanks!
What machine is it that you have?
Here are a few different scenarios for you that may answer your question:
If you own a Tecre Machine or a Flex Machine they take Standard American button parts.
If it’s a T150 Machine, that particular machine takes parts that are unique to that machine.
If it’s a Badge-a-Minit Machine, those also take parts that are unique to that machine.
So the best bet would be to contact that seller to make sure that their parts will work with your machine.
by Joe |
March 3, 2016 · 3:29 pm
Could you tell how durable the tecre buttomakers are? How many buttons do you think we could get out of one?
Is the Flex button maker a better option for durability?
The Tecre machines are very durable. They are made of surgical steel and have a lifetime warranty from the Tecre company in Wisconsin.
The Tecre machines are for production level quantities of buttons (about 100 an hour) and require minimal maintenance.
Tecre Button Machine
The Flex machines are more of a hobby machine for doing dozens of buttons at a time. I would not recommend this machine for doing large quantities of buttons. Both machines use the same parts called “Standard” parts.
by Joe |
February 24, 2016 · 11:00 am
I bought a 1″ press and am experiencing some problems. It seems to be working fine except for when the button is finished there is a slice in the Mylar on the edge of the button and the slice appears to be in the same spot on every button. From what I can tell there isn’t anything in the seams or edges of the machine, please let me know if you have any ideas of what the problem would be.
The issue that you’re having is something that I’ve definitely seen many times before. The first thing that I would try to remedy the situation, is applying some lubricant to the machine. This simply helps the mylar slide along the metal die instead of getting caught on (usually microscopic) metal bits.
Below is a link to a video on our website that walks you through button press maintenance. The part that I’m suggesting you try out is the the die lubrication. (I’ve also heard that a tiny little drop of vegetable oil basically does the same thing…)
by Joe |
February 19, 2016 · 11:00 am
Hi Button Guy,
We purchased the Flex1000 press and finally had some time to try out making buttons. We started with 2.25″. The press we have is somewhat different than the one in the videos
Our best button was one that sort of went together but fell apart after 5 minutes of use. We identified a few possible areas for error. Maybe you can give us some pointers regarding what we are doing wrong.
1) We found the cutter made circles that are just slightly too big. We corrected for that be doing extra careful trimming and this seemed to help.
2) There are three plastic rings in the 2.25 die whereas the 3″ die does not have any. The booklet talks about using 1 plastic ring. We tried with three and it didn’t work. When we tried with one we got a button that lasted 5 minutes. Should we be using the plastic rings?
3) Any other pointers you can give us?
4) Is there a particular weight of paper we should use? We are kind of frustrated.
Sorry to hear you’re frustrated.
Here’s a video that shows the machine you have. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUFjU1MNYiY
- The paper circles are supposed to be bigger than your button shell because they will wrap around the shell as the button is pressed together. You do need to be careful when cutting the paper circles and make sure the cutter doesn’t move positions on the paper. The mylar and paper circles will fit very tightly in the left die tray and there should not be much wiggle room.
- The 3″ die does not come with a plastic ring. It should work without the ring. It is just the 2-1/4″ die set that needs 1 ring (and you have 2 extra included in case you lose the ring).
- If you are still having troubles check out the videos email me pictures of the buttons you made and that will help out a lot in trying to figure out a solution.
- A standard, 20lb paper will be fine. The machine may have trouble with thicker paper (photograph paper), as it could have difficulty crimping around the pin-back
Also, there is always some spoilage or button mistakes when hand pressing buttons. So the FlexPress will not work perfectly every time.
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by Joe |
February 16, 2016 · 4:49 pm
Oh, I know I’ve been gone for so long.
But guess what, I’m back and ready to answer all the questions that may be floating around in your heads!
I’ll start with an email I recently received regarding machine maintenance.
These are pictures of my 2.25″ machine. You can see the mylar jammed in. I was looking for advice in how easy it would be to take this apart to clean and put back together.
You can clear rust with WD-40 but it also removes grease and all lubricants. So once cleaned of rust, you need to thoroughly grease and lube the machine.
If the mylar does not pull out with pliers undo the screw in the upper die and take the die out. Separate the shaft to remove mylar, lube and then put back together.
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Great news for all button makers and button people in Montreal. The guys from Pinscity and Bomacaron have got together to open a button store on Ste. Catherine East in Montreal.
Nic and Joel are making custom buttons right there in the store and both are experienced button makers who can help and advise on any button making project. Ontario has had a button store for some time, in Toronto, but this is the first button store I have heard of in Quebec. They are stocking button makers, button machines and button parts right there in downtown Montreal.
This is what the store looked like in August 2014 and this is what it still looks like on Google street view.
New Button Store opening in Montreal
Yes I don’t see a button shop either. But this is Google street view, it’s always out of date!
The new store is the one with the “Bieres” sign and next time I’m in Montreal I’m going to swing by and see how Joel and Nic are doing. I will provide a new update with the current picture soon. In the meantime lets support these guys and their brave new venture!
Macaron Machine Inc.
dba Bomacaron.com & Pinscity.com
4204 Ste-Catherine East
Store closed. In the meantime get custom buttons made 1-866 996 1984
Checkout the website! Critical Custom Buttons in Montreal
You can also buy button makers, get supplies for button machines or get buttons made. Serving Montreal amd Quebec
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I am pleased to see that stronger magnets are now available so that there’s a bit of a snap to the magnet button when it goes on the fridge. Of course you can use rare earth magnets but ouch! They are expensive. But ceramic magnets seem to be available at about the same price as the peel n’ stick magnets. Ceramic just looks way better as well as being stronger!
Ceramic magnets are stronger and can also improve the look of the back of the button.
I see the new ceramic magnets available for 1″, 1-1/4″, 1-1/2″ and 1-3/4″ are now available from some distributors.
Checkout your favourite distributor and make your magnet buttons even better!