The main button makers are in the Scholar Studio, across from the library's front doors.
The button makers in the Scholar Studio can make 1", 2 1/4", and 3" buttons. Your
image needs to be slightly larger than the finished button size. The necessary image
1" --------- 1.313"
2 1/4" ----- 2.625" (standard) or 2.6875" (Badge-A-Minit)
3" ---------- 3.451"
Use our Word templates! We have a 1” button template, a 2.25” button template, and a 3” button template to help you size your graphic. Just change the fill in the circles to “Picture” and select your image. Not sure how to do that? You can read this guide to learn how to fill a Word shape with a picture. When placing your image, please note that the edges of the circle won’t be visible in the finished button.
Materials to make standard 1”, 2.25”, or 3” pin-back buttons or 1” magnets are 50¢ per button/magnet.
You can pay for plastic bags of button parts at the Circulation desk. Each of these bags contains of all the materials you need to make a single 1”, 2.25”, or 3” button or 1” magnet. We accept CatCash, regular cash, and checks. Please return your empty plastic bag to the container on the table so that we can reuse it.
We also have magnets available that can be used with the 1” size buttons. Just tell the Circulation desk you want supplies to make a magnet. The button makers can also be used to make keychains, magnets, bottle openers, jewelry, pocket mirrors, and other items. These items require alternate materials that you must supply yourself — the library only has materials for 1” magnets and standard pin-back buttons in any of the three sizes.
You are welcome to bring your own materials to create buttons, magnets, or other items. We strongly recommend that you use materials from American Button Machines, but 1", 2 1/4", and 3" button parts from most other manufacturers will work.
A circle punch is a cutting tool designed to let you efficiently cut out appropriately sized circles for making into buttons/magnets.
For more in-depth instructions, visit American Button Machine's Learning Center.
1. Slide your graphic between the top plates of the punch.
2. Make sure it's positioned the way you want it. Your image should fill the entire circle in the top plate. (If there is a bit of a white border, that’s okay.)
3. Push the handle down as far as it will go. See the picture for the correct direction – if it’s very hard to push down, you might be pushing in the wrong direction.
4. Reach under the machine and poke your beautiful new circle out from the bottom with your finger. The 1" circle punch has a small metal piece that you push up instead, since the hole is smaller.
5. Pull the handle back up and release it.
6. Slide the excess paper out or slide your strip down until your next image is lined up.