The Claremont Colleges Library owns two button presses for making 1" or 2.25" pins and/or magnets. This guide demonstrates how to use the button makers.
1. To create a button, you will first need to cut the desired image into a round using the circle cutter.
2. Insert a cut strip of your desired image at least 2.75 inches wide into the cutter by sliding it between the two metal plates as shown.
3. Push down on the handle slightly - only until you hear/feel it click - to cut the image into a circle. Lift handle back up.
4. To remove the newly cut circle, reach under the cutter and use your fingers to push up the circle.
5. To assemble the newly cut image into a button, you will need the following four components:
6. To begin assembling the button, place the button shell into the pickup die (labeled 1) with its sharp edges down, smooth side up. Make sure you only have one shell in the die!
7. Place the cut-out image on top of the button shell. Make sure the image faces up, and is positioned with its top facing north as shown.
8. Place a transparent cover on top of the image.
9. At this point you should decide if you want a button that pins or one that is magnetic.
a. If you want a pin button, the pin back should be placed in the crimp die (labeled 2) and positioned as shown in the image below.
b. If you want a magnetic button, the dimpled button back should be placed in the crimp die with dimple rising up as pictured below.
a. Pin Back
b. Dimple Back
10. Rotate the lower part of the press clockwise, so that side 1 with the pickup die (the part containing the image) is underneath the press.
11. Pull the handle toward you and push down as far as it will go, then bring it back to its regular upright position.
12. Now, rotate the lower part of the press counterclockwise until side 2 and the crimp die (the side with the button back) is located under the press.
13. Once again, push the handle down as far as it will go and then bring it back to its regular upright position. Rotate the press clockwise, and… voilà! Finished button.
14. Additional Step for Magnetic Buttons: Once the button is removed from the press, peel the adhesive off a magnet and apply the sticky side to the back of the button with pressure.