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Solid Steel Button-Making Machines & Accessories
Get started making your own buttons with the finest U.S.-made solid steel equipment and supplies you or your group can purchase at wholesale from us. You need to have a button assembly machine to use the parts to make buttons. There are cheaper, inferior button presses on the market made out of plastic, not steel. Our machines and components are all solid steel, and designed and built in the U.S.
Design your own buttons on your computer, print them out on your color printer (or a color copier). Cut the printed paper with the Graphic Punch die-cutter and assemble the buttons using the machines we offer. These tools will make it possible for your to cut, assemble and press out your own finished buttons locally, inexpensively and quickly. You may still want to go to us for larger print runs or other shape buttons.
Having your own button machine for small runs is a great way to be able to produce buttons at the last minute, in literally less than one hour. AYou can make as few as one or a nadful of buttons in a few minutes. Even the fastest rush service from anywhere else (including us) will take one day to process (make, email proof and wait for your OK of the proof), one day to print and overnight shipping to get to you the fastest way. That adds up to three working day (excluding weekends and holidays). Do-it-yourself production can shorten that to literally under one morning or afternoon to design, print, cut out, assemble and produce finished buttons for any last-minute need for an event. The major trade-off is: you're trading paying someone else to do that work, for putting in your own time and skill to make the buttons. Some people prefer doing-it-themselves, others would rather pay someone else to do it for them.
We offer the equipment and component parts you need to make buttons yourself. Call or email us for much higher discounts on sets of 2,000, 5,000, 10,000, 25,000, 50,000 and 100,000 button parts. We also carry the large, electric, rotary machines which printers use to mass prodcue buttons (starting at $6,700.00).
Do the button machines we offer have interchangeable dies?
With regards to button machines and making buttons, the question I am most frequently asked is, "Do the button machines we offer have interchangeable dies?"
The answer is they don't.
While the thought of having a button machine that has interchangeable dies might seem like a cost effective solution for someone just getting started, here's why it wouldn't be as good an idea as it might seem.
The most expensive part of a well-built, manually operated button machine is it's steel dies. The tooling necessary to create these precision dies is costly. The rest of the machine is simple steel bar stock.
If you were able to purchase a second set of dies, those
dies would be nearly as expensive as a second machine.
And if you had a button machine that had a single base, but two sets of dies, you still would only make one size at a time.
However, with two machines (and one other person), you could make both sizes at the same time. Or make both sizes in two separate locations.
This might not be important when you are first getting started, but once your business starts growing, I guarantee you, it will!
Another reason why interchangeable dies isn't as good an idea as it might seem is the time factor that would be involved in going back and forth between the different size dies whenever you wanted to make the other size button. Imagine how frustrating it would be if you had to spend 5 or 10 minutes changing the dies on your button machine, just to make one or two sample buttons, and then spend another 5 or 10 minutes to go back to the size you were previously making!
While interchangeability might sound like a good idea, due to the factors mentioned above, I think you'll agree it's not quite as good an idea as it might seem.
Do-it-yourself button making is focused, repetitive work, that yeilds the best results when attention is paid to detail. These machines and parts allow you to make the best quality products, spread the word and raise awareness of a cause or issue you care about. It is a unique and creative way to raise money with great potential.
The parts are inexpensive, the process takes just a few simple steps and the price you sell the finished button for makes them an ideal fundraiser for those willing to make the investment of purchasing a machine, and putting in the time and attention needed to make the buttons. An attractive design and timely, relevant messege will sell itself.
ONE INCH BUTTONS NOW CAN BE MADE AS
KEY RING TAGS, & ZIPPER PULLS
Now with the introduction of the Versa-Back™ attachment, for the first time ever, one inch buttons can now be made into Zipper Pulls and also attached to key holders. The Versa-Back™ is an unbreakable black plastic insert with an extension with a 1/8" diameter hole to allow a variety of different kinds of attachments. The Versa-Back™quickly snaps into the back of our 1" button parts (after the buttons have been assembled) without tools, easily by hand.
We offer three popular styles of key holders that can be attached to the Versa-Back™ fitted one-inch buttons:
The basic split ring style; the snap hook ring style and the C-Hook screw open/close style. They're all shown further down this page. The Versa-Back™ is easily snapped into the back of the one inch button by hand and the zipper pull or key tag holder is attached to the unbreakable Versa-Back™
You can also put a ball-chain or string cord through the Versa-Back™ to create a necklace with the one inch button(s). We don't carry the ball-chains or cords (you can find these items in most hardware stores). These can be sold as fundraisers, as a functional new use of the one inch size button.
• Note: the Versa-Back™ works best with the one-inch button parts that we distribute. They are engineered and designed to work with these, even though they may work in other brand one-inch buttons. If the Versa-Backs™ don't work on your pre-made one inch buttons you may return them for a full refund of the cost of the Versa-Backs™
You decide what's best for you and your group. Sometimes the trade-off will change with age and experience. Get your school, club, college or local print or copy shop to purchase the machine. It will be a long-term investment in a machine that will last for many decades. You may consider starting a small business of your own making buttons for local bands, organizations, clubs, group fundraisers, shops, schools, universities, teams (Go Reds, Beat State!"), community groups and events, religious groups, libraries, hospitals, births ("It's a Newborn!") co-ops ("Shop Locally"), flea markets, political parties, local candidates, birthday parties, weddings, reunions, anniversaries, annual get-togethers, street fairs, local band shows, protests, pickets, civil disobedience actions...the possibiliies and opportunities are everywhere.
IMPORTANT! The Graphic Punch cuts a circle that is larger in diameter than the finished button. This is neccessary to allow the paper to wrap around onto the back of the button so it can be pressed in the button machine together into a finished button.
7/8" Manual Button Assembly Machine
$300.00 $229.00 On Sale!
New in 2011. Just like the one-inch machine, but this one makes an even smaller size button: just seven-eighths of an inch in diameter. The smallest button size available. Perfect for those who prefer discreetness over visibility. Also, this (like the one-inch size) is great to convert to earrings: see earring backs and posts at the end of this section. The earring backings have a permanent adhesive to replace the removeable lock pin. This smaller size is even more popular with those who like one-inch buttons. The component parts to make the buttons (shells, collets, clear acetate covers and lock pins) are the same price as the one-inch size, too.
• 2 step quick button making process
• swivel die set (no changing dies between steps, unlike other machines)
• Cushioned hand grip
• Compact (3" x 9" footprint) & light weight (only 7 pounds) for easy storge and carrying
7/8" Graphic Punch Paper Die Cutter
$159.00 $149.00 On Sale!
Quickly and easily cuts the printed designs for 7/8" size buttons to the oerfect size every time. One press of the handle does it safely and efficiently.
5" wide x 7"long x 3" tall. Weighs 4.6 pounds. Made in U.S.A.
7/8" Button Parts
$58.00 $48.00 On Sale!
Set of 500 complete button parts for making 7/8th inch buttions: shells, collets, non-yellowing, crystal-clear acetate covers and lock pins.
1" Manual Button Assembly Machine
$300.00 $229.00 On Sale!
• 2 step quick button making process
• Swivel die set (no changing dies between steps unlike other machines)
• Cushioned hand grip
• Compact & light weight for easy storage and carrying
These sturdy, solid-steel compact, professional manual button assembly machines are the best on the market.
• weighs only 6.5 pounds! with a 3" x 7" footprint1
• Click on title for more information...
1" Graphic Punch Paper Die Cutter
$199.00 $149.00 On Sale!
A quick tool for cutting paper to the appropriate size for use in the 1" button assembly machine. PLEASE NOTE that it does NOT cut the paper to 1" diameter, but to a larger diameter, to allow for the paper to wrap around the circumference of the button in the button assembly machine. ALL seven sizes of the Graphic Punch die-cutters create an over-sized paper circle that becomes the finished button size, after it is assembled in the button machine. These graphic punches are only for use in the button-making process. It cuts the entire circle at once using a circular cutting die (which never needs sharpening). This device does the cutting precisely and ten times faster than cutting out the circles using a smaller hand held cutter with a rolling blade or by hand using scissors. A sturdy, solid steel, durable tool designed to last a lifetime. 5" wide x 7" long x 3" tall. Weighs 4.6 pounds. Made in U.S.A.
1" PARTS for Manual Button Assembly Machine (Set of 500)
$58.00 $48.00 On Sale!
500 sets of metal shells, collets, spring lock pins and crystal clear, non-yellowing circular-cut mylar coverings. All the components you need to assemble your own custom designed buttons using the 1" Manual Button Assembly Machine we sell. The cost of the parts: 7¢ per button! All button parts for all size buttons are made in the U.S.
1" Square Manual Button Assembly Machine
$1,575.00 $1,095.00 On Sale!
Same quality as all of the round button machines. The higher price is because the dies, alignment and torque necessary to assemble square shaped buttons require much more intricate design and tooling. This is the only machine on the market that makes 1" SQUARE buttons, introduced in 2010. It's only 3" wide x 6" long x 10" tall and weighs under 9 pounds. Made in U.S.A. by the same quality manufacturer of all the other button machines, die-cutters and parts.
• Ask to see a free sample of this new size/shape button – we'll send you one.
1" SQUARE Graphic Punch Paper Die-Cutter
$345.00 $295.00 On Sale!
Quickly and easily cuts paper for the new 1" Square shaped button.
1" SQUARE PARTS for Manual Button Assembly Machine (Set of 500)
$80.00 $70.00 On Sale!
1" SQ BP-500
Set of 500 parts for making the new 1" square (or diamond-shaped, depending on how it is worn) buttons. This size has a safety pin embedded in the backing piece – the same size as used in the 1.25" – not a lock pin like the 1" round buttons. The safety pin is positioned diagonally in the back. There has never been a 1" square size button available before.
1.25" Manual Button Assembly Machine
$300.00 $249.00 On Sale!
Same specs as the 1" machine, including same size footprint. This makes one-and-a-quarter-inch size safety pin backed buttons. The backs have the safety pins already pre-inserted (with pins closed) into the button back parts (instead of the collet used only on the 1" button backs). Weighs 7.5 pounds.
1.25"Graphic Punch Paper Die-Cutter
$169.00 $159.00 On Sale!
Same specs as the 1" button circle paper die-cutter. Same size machine. A seperate cutter is needed for each different size button machine. 5" wide x 7" long x 3" tall. 4 pounds. Made in U.S.A.
1.25" PARTS for Manual Button Machine (Set of 500)
$85.00 $73.00 On Sale!
500 sets of metal shells, metal backs with safety pin clasp attachments already inserted (and closed), and crystal-clear, non-yellowing circular-cut mylar coverings.
All larger size button parts include the safety pin style attachments already inserted (closed) into the backings: the 1.5", the 1.75" and the 2.25"
1.5" manual Button Assembly Machine
$300.00 $249.00 On Sale!
Same specs as the 1" and 1.25" machines, including same size footprint. The backs have the safety pins already pre-inserted and closed (instead of the collet used only with the 1" button size). Weighs 7.5 pounds.
1.5"Graphic Punch Paper Die-Cutter
$169.00 $159.00 On Sale!
Same specs as the 1" and 1.25" button circle paper die-cutter. Same size machine. A seperate cutter is needed for each different size button machine. It cuts a perfect circle each time when you push down the lever. 5" wide x 7" long x 3" tall. 4 pounds. Made in U.S.A.
1.5" PARTS for Manual Button Machine (Set of 500)
$90.00 $85.00 On Sale!
500 sets of metal shells, metal backs with safety pin clasp attachments alreadyinserted (and closed), and crystal-clear, non-yellowing circular-cut mylar coverings.
1.75" Manual Button Assembly Machine
$300.00 $249.00 On Sale!
Same specs as all the other machines described, including same size footprint. This one makes one-and-three-quarter-inch size safety pin backed buttons. The backs have the safety pins already inserted and closed. Weighs 8.5 pounds.
1.75" Graphic Punch Paper Die-Cutter
$169.00 $159.00 On Sale!
Same specs as the 1", 1.25", 1.5" button curcle die-cutters. Same size machine. A seperate cutter is needed for each different size button machine. 5" wide x 7" long x 3" tall. 4 pounds. Made in U.S.A.
1.75" PARTS for Manual Button Machine (Set of 500)
$91.00 $86.00 On Sale!
500 sets of metal shells, metal backs with safety pin clasp attachments already inserted and closed, and crystal-clear, non-yellowing circular-cut mylar coverings.
2.25" Manual Button Assembly Machine
$300.00 $239.00 On Sale!
Same specs as all other button machines. 2.25-inch is the second-most popular size (after the favourite 1-inch size button machine). Weighs 10 pounds.
2.25" Graphic Punch Paper Die-Cutter
$169.00 $139.00 On Sale!
Same specs as all other circular button paper die-cutters.
2.25" PARTS for Manual Button Machine (Set of 500)
$91.00 $79.00 On Sale!
3" Manual Photo Button Assembly Machine
$400.00 $349.00 On Sale!
This machine makes 3" diameter buttons - an ideal size for photo buttons. Same specs as other machines, except is is 3" wide by 7" long by 12" tall, and weighs 15.5 pounds.
3" Graphic Punch Photo Die-Cutter
$225.00 $189.00 On Sale!
Same specs as the other Graphic Punch die-cutters. 7.5" wide x 9.5" long x 2.5" tall. Weighs 7 pounds.
3" Parts for Manual Button Machine (set of 500)
$159.00 $129.00 On Sale!
500 sets of metal shells, metal backs with safety pin clasp attachments already inserted and closed; and crystal-clear, non-yellowing, circular-cut mylar coverings.
1.5" Square Manual Button Assembly Machine
$1,775.00 $1,575.00 On Sale!
Same quality as all of the round button machines. The higher price is because the dies, alignment and torque necessary to assemble square shaped buttons require much more intricate design and tooling. This machine assembles 1.5" square button, also magnets and keychains. 3" wide x 7" long x 14.5 tall. weighs 19 pounds.
1.5" Square Graphic Punch Paper Die-Cutter
$345.00 $295.00 On Sale!
Cuts paper graphics for the 1.5" square shape buttons, magnets or keychains.
1.5" Square Parts for Manual Button Machine (set of 500)
$90.00 $82.00 On Sale!
1.5" SQ BP-500
Parts for making the 1.5" square (or diamond-shaped) button.
$8.50 $7.50 On Sale!
Still the best thing we've found yet for compact displaying, storage and carrying of buttons is this clear, recyclable plastic 11" wide, 6" deep, 2 1/2" high box with a hinged top, which is easily removed for display. Removable dividers can form five to fifteen compartments. Holds buttons sizes: 1", 1.25", 1.5", 1.75", 2.25" round, 1.25" chiclet (square with rounded corners) 1.5" square, 2" square, 1" x 2" rectangle, 1.5" x 2" rectangle, 5/8" x 2.5" rectangle -- the eleven most popular sizes. The plastic remains clear, does not become brittle, and remains resistant to cracking over many years. We've been selling them for over 30 years.
These boxes are also great for storing the component parts for making buttons: the shells (or collets for the 1" size), safety pin backs and clear plastic covers. And, unlike, the majority of the competitors on the market, these ones are still made in the U.S.
Adjustable Rotary Circle Cutter
$105.00 $90.00 On Sale!
This circle cutter provides a low-cost method to cut circular button graphics with speed and accuracy. Two interchangeable plastic centering templates, pre-cut for 1" button graphics (1.313" diameter) are included and can be cut to match larger sizes. A metal cutting plate is also included - it protects surfaces as the rotary cutter "crush cuts" the paper graphic. The rotary blade lasts for thousads of cuttings, and it only $7 to replace. Depending on paper thickness, multiple graphics may be cut at one time. This circle cutter is $49 less than the die-cut graphic punch device for cutting out paper circles. Made in U.S.A.
• Spring-loaded, bronze-bushed main shaft - permanently lubricated, smooth,
• Interchangeable centering template - accurate placement, custom cut for
each size, fewer wasted graphics.
• Pre-set stops for five popular button sizes: 1", 1.5", 2.25", 3", 3.5" - easy
and fast adjustment between sizes.
• Palm-sized knob - greater comfort, less fatigue.
• Top-mounted, quick-release knob for size adjustments - speedy changes
added convenience, full range of sizes from 7/8" to 4" diameter.
• Powder coated finish - durable and attractive.
• Knurled base - provides excellent grip, avoids slipping on
• All metal chasis construction - strong, durable, long-lasting.
• Spare Replacement cutting wheels are sold seperately for $7.
Replacement Cutting Wheel for Rotary Cutter
Replacement Cutting Wheel (approx. 3/4" diameter). Only for the Adjustable Rotary Circle Cutter. (not needed for the Graphic Punches which are permanently self-sharpening).
Zipper Pull Versa-Back™ for One Inch Button
Package of four sets to convert any one inch button into a Zipper pull. This is a new, patented snap-in device that converts our one inch button into an item that key holders can be hooked on to. The unbreakable insert replaces the lock pin. In place of the lock pin you snap in the Versa-Back™. It works best with the one inch button parts we carry. You can retrofit one inch buttons you already have in your own collection. In our experience they may or may not fit other brands of one inch buttons. Once the Versa-Back™ is snapped in, it is a permanent, secure back with a 1/8th inch hole extending out from the back of the button. Because the Versa-Back™ is a permanent change from a pin back button to something else, be sure you want to make this conversion.
We offer four types of attachments to the Versa-Back, which make the former button into a unique and functional entirely different thing than a pin back button. The Zipper Pull is just one thing you can do. No machinery needed. You just snap the new back in after remoiving the lock pin. Then attach the clip to the Versa-Back™ed button, and clip it onto any zipper on a back pack or hand bag. You can also put a cord or ball-chain necklace through, to create a necklace. (Ball-chains are sold by the foot at hardware stores)
Split Ring Versa-Back™ Key Holder Attachment for One Inch Button (set of 3)
3 sets of traditional split ring (7/8" diameter) key holders. (See description for Zipper Pull, above). Easy do-it-yourself conversion of any one inch pin bck button.
Snap Hook Ring Versa-Back™ Key Holder Attachment for One Inch Button (set of 3)
3 sets of Snap Hook Ring key holder attachments for one inch buttons. (see description for Zipper Pull, above) Easy, do-it-yourself conversion of any one inch pin back button.
C-Hook Versa-Back™ Ring Key Holder Attachment for One Inch Button (set of 3)
3 sets of C-Hook Versa™-Back Ring key holder attachments (see description for Zipper Pull, above) Easy, do-it-yourself conversion of any one inch pin back button.
Button Machines, Accessories & Button Parts
100 sets of Clutch Pin Tack Attachments for 1" Buttons
$50.00 $30.00 On Sale!
A more secure backing for the 1" BUTTONS ONLY. Instead of the standard spring lock pin backing, these 7/16" diameter pinch-style clutch backings permanently adhere on to the backs of any 1" buttons AFTER they have been assembled. A 5/16" long metal stem attached to a 7/16" diameter base with permanent self-sticking adhesive. A 7/16" pin-style clutch fits over the stem, to secure the 1" button to any fabric more securely than the lock pin backing. They are a quick, easy and durable add-on which will increase the value of any 1" button.
• Click on title to see the clutch portion of the attachment...
10 sets of Clutch Pin Tack Attachments for 1" Buttons
Set of ten. Same as above.
• Click on product title above to see the clutch part of the item...
Clutch Pin Tack Attachment for 1" Buttons
Set of two Clutch Pin Tack backing attachments for 1" Buttons only. More secure than the standard lock pins in the backs of all 1" buttons. This will keep any 1" button much more securely on jackets, hats, handbags, tote bags, messenger bags, backpacks, gym bags. 7/16" diameter pinch-style clutch fits onto a 5/16" post/stem, which is mounted on a 7/16" base that adheres permanently onto the back of any 1" button. Two tacks with stems and two pinch-style clutches included for $1.00. Works the same as a tie-tack.
• Click on product title above description to see the other part of this item, the clutch, that slides onto the post/stem of the item...
Customprinted Labels for Back of Buttons or Stickers (Roll of 500)
$180.00 $135.00 On Sale!
We are offering these custom printed labels at cost as a special service to our customers who order buttons at wholesale or button parts. The minimum number of labels you can order is 500. At higher quantities (1,000 and up) the price per label is considerably lower than at 500. These small, self-sticking labels are more important than you may realize. They make it possible for people to contact your group or business to order more buttons. Put one on the back of every button and sticker you sell. Without a way to reach you, someone interested in getting the button will not know how to find another one.
• Size: 1/2" tall x 3/4" self-stick paper labels.
• Your own wording on up to 4 lines (13 upper case characters per line or 21 lower case letters per line.
• Your choice of one of the following Ink Colors: Black, Red, Green, Blue, or
Purple. Ink is for the color of the text (reversal printing is NOT
recommended on this small size of label.
• Your choice of one of the following Paper Colors: White Gloss (recycled),
White matte finish, Yellow Gloss; ALSO Fluorescent (Dayglo) colors: Red, Yellow, Green, Light Orange, Pink (black ink only on all fluorescent color papers, since other colors don't print in their accurate color on fluorescent paper); ALSO Matte Finish Silver Metallic.
Only choose one ink and one paper color per order of 500 labels.
Because the type will be tiny, we will set it in a clear Ariel or Ariel Narrow font.
Suggested information for each line of text:
• Line 1: (your organization's name)
• Line 2: (continue name if needed; or phone number)
• Line 3: (e-mail adddress)
• Line 4: (website; or price you want to sell button for)
Putting labels on the backs of all buttons (both buttons you make and buttons you buy already made from anyone else) is a smart way to identify and promote your group, get repeat orders and new orders. You can also put these labels on the backs of bumperstickers, postcards, etc. It will also direct people to your website. We are offering these at our cost to help you promote your organization. They are less expensive when ordered in larger quantities (1,000). See below (product CL-1000) for pricing. Ask us for much lower pricing as low as $6.30 per 1,000 for up to 50,000 (all the same imprint).
TO ORDER: Write the wording you want, line by line (4 lines maximum), in the "Comments" section after you click to add this item to your shopping cart. Click once only for a roll of 500. Unless you indicate otherwise, we will print them in black ink on white labels.
Customprinted Labels for Back of Buttons or Stickers (Roll of 1,000)
$195.00 $145.00 On Sale!
Same as the roll of 500 1/2" x 3/4" labels, except this is a roll of 1,000 labels. Twice as many labels for just $20 more. The price per thousand decresed at each higher quantity price break. Ask for pricing for 3,000; 5,000; 10,000; 15,000; 25,000; and 50,000 (all must have the same text to qualify for higher quantity lower pricing.
Pair of Earring Backings for 7/8" and 1" Buttons
Now you can convert any 7/8-inch or one-inch buttons into earrings. Each pair of earring backings consist of:
• a 3/8" tall by 1/32" thick steel post with a 1/4" diameter flat metal base.
• a 3.8" diameter by 1/32" thick double-sided adhesive disk adheres firmly to both the flat metal base and to the inside back of the button.
• a surgical steel clutch back slips on to the post to hold the earring in place on the earlobe.
The lock pins that come with all 7/8" and one-inch buttons are easily removed using your finhers or a pair of needle noise pliers. Those lock pojs are only held in olace by the tension of the curved wire under the curved edge lip (collet) of the button.
The earring backing conversion attachments are only sold as a seperate accessory. You can easily attach them yourself onto any one-inch or 7/8" button, we do not attach them here before shipping.
• NOTE TO RE-SELLERS: If you want to convert those size buttons into earrings for re-sale, we also offer these earring backing conversion attachments at a bulk price for 50 pairs to convert 100 buttons into earrings. (See pricing below)
Sold by the pair. Now you can make any 7/8" or one-inch diameter button into earrings. You remove the lock pin from the back of your button. The lock pins are easily removed by hand or with needle nose pliers. Lock pins are only held in place by tension pressure under the curved edge of the collet on the back of the buttons.
Each pair consists of a 3/8" x 1/32" steel post with a 10 millimeter flat metal pad. A 3/8" x 1/32" thick adhesive disk adheres to the flat metal pad of the post. The disk has a strong adhesive on both sides to stick to the post and to stick the post to the back of the button. The back that slips onto the post is made of surgical steel.
We only sell the earring attachments as a separate accessory. You attcah them onto your button. We do not attach them on to buttons before we ship them. If you want to convert one-inch or 7/8" buttons into earrings for re-sale, we also offer the earring backing components in sets of 100 at bulk pricing (see below)
50 pair Pack: Earring Backings for 7/8" and 1" Buttons
$25.00 $20.00 On Sale!
Same as above, in a bulk pack of 100 (50 pair), packed bulk: posts in one bag; backs in one bag; adhesive disks in one bag.Easily assembed and attached without tools or experience. All components made in the U.S.