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 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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I hopped in the car and took the trip to Montreal to see how Joel and Nic are doing setting up their custom button store in Montreal.
It’s very cool. They are not setup yet but their opening party is this Friday in Montreal. They’ve got it all: Button Making Machines, Button Parts and a really fast setup for Custom Buttons. Nic is after all the fastest button maker on the planet!
For Custom buttons in Montreal & Quebec call 1-866 996 1984
Here are some pics:
Button Store Montreal
Bomacaron Button Shop Quebec
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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Yes Tecre or all good button makers are fixed. There are 2 problems with interchangeable die button makers.
- Interchangeable die button makers use a plastic base for the die carrier. After a short time this wears and the button maker no longer lines up properly. All good button makers are single die non-interchangeable and they last 25 years.
- The 2 common manufacturers of multi die machines are BadgeAminit or of Chinese origin. Made in China button makers are not North American standard but European standard with sizes in millimetres. (a) They are very expensive (b) They are not well made, often using glued pins or white plastic backs. Badge-A-Minit button parts are equivalent to standard North American Button Parts but they are up to 3 x the price.
I would always recommend a solid metal button maker, no plastic parts (on the button maker or the button parts) and the button maker should be of a standard North American size so that you can use cheap, good quality button parts. At the end of the day your customers, clients or purchases of your buttons don’t care how you made your buttons. But they do want an excellent quality all metal button and you want to produce that at the best price – so get a Tecre Button Maker.
Looks all very well but the white plastic base will wear out pretty quickly and the button maker will not align any more
All metal, solid steel, no plastic – How a button maker should be!
Tecre button maker with the distinctive black with red handle.
Hi Button Guy, I’m a young artist and lately I have had customers asking for customized buttons. I really like the idea but I’m not totally sure on where to begin, I don’t have that much money to spend on a machine and supplies at the moment. Out of the machines you have tried, which would recommend for a first timer on a budget? Also, what companies do you recommend getting the supplies from? Julieann – Indiana
I work closely with Button Giant: http://ButtonGiant.com
They do have a good starter machine. http://buttongiant.com/collections/frontpage/products/2-1-4-t15o-button-maker-hobby-kit-circle-cutter-250-button-parts-and-free-sample-pack I have tested this kit. It’s cheap, works well, But read on!!
As a designer or as an artist, buttons are a great way for getting income, promoting your projects and creating a following. Whilst your designs and style will change and develop over the years, you will be able to use buttons at gallery openings, for website promotion, even as a calling cards or business cards. The low cost of buttons means if somebody picks up one of your creations and pays $2, $1.90 is your cost excluding labor. Sometimes it’s better to ask for a donation, then you’ll get $5 or even $25. Few products offer that kind of margin. But the most important thing? – People just like buttons.
I would actually recommend not getting the above starter kit unless you are in a real hurry. I would wait, save your cash and get an all metal button maker that takes low cost, standard button parts. The starter kit mentioned above will make buttons for a few years but an all metal machine will make buttons for a lifetime – your kids could use it!!
Avoid Button Makers with plastic parts, avoid button makers made in China (expensive parts often with ugly plastic backs), avoid Badge a Minit (expensive parts, starter kits often fail), avoid interchangeable dies (impractical & expensive parts)
Here’s a link to a solid all metal button maker on Button Giant: http://buttongiant.com/collections/button-makers-and-diy-button-making-kits/products/1-1-4-button-maker-kit-with-graphic-punch-500-button-parts-includes-free-sample-pack
Here’s a link to an article about button making equipment: Checkout my button maker guide!
Hope it helps!
The Button Guy
A great button making kit for artists and designers
I am an artist that attends various anime conventions throughout the year. I had made a post about purchasing a button maker, in Deviantart’s forum, and you answered it, which I recently responded to. I figured that you may not get on DA frequently so I decided to try and catch you this way. Seeing as I’m going to get a machine within this month.
What I wanted to know is if the T150 model’s 2-1/4 die could be switched out with a 1-1/4 die? The 2-1/4 size is great for the mirrors I’m seriously considering adding to my table but not as buttons. Most of the buyers I’ve had at conventions prefer 1 to 1.5 size buttons. So if the T150 can swap out then I’ll have a 2-n-1 machine, which is exactly what I need. Nat
The above picture shows the T150 Hobby Kit for Button Making. It’s good value! But it is a hobby kit. Not a pro button maker. Unfortunately the T150 Button Making Kits do not have any options. I have only seen dies for 2-1/4” buttons.
You see the die is metal but the attachments on the Hobby Button Maker are plastic, if you’re knocking out buttons for your anime conventions or Comic-Con, how long will these plastic pieces last? I did not see anyone using a hobby kit at Comic-Con, San Diego or Comicon in Toronto or Vancouver
As an anime artist going to conventions I would recommend an all metal button maker anyway. And yes, 1”, 1-1/4” & 1-1/2” buttons are the most popular sizes for anime.
The higher price is a barrier, but in the long term the metal button maker will last years. I have a number of button makers at least 8 years old. The paint has scratched off, they have been extremely well used and they still make a button perfectly every time with little to no maintenance.
For anime conventions a button maker is a great addition to your product range, find a way to get a solid all metal machine and you won’t look back!
Cheers, The Button Guy
The above is a solid all metal button maker available from Button Giant or People Power Press. This is a pro machine suitable for anime conventions, comicon and serious uses. Look at the solid steel dies on this below: These machines just keep on going, they are precise, well made and worth the extra few bucks.
The perfect button maker, badge press, button machine, pin press or button making kit for anime conventions, fanexpo, comic-con, comicon or wherever you as an amime artist sells your art.
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