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