Making Money from Making Custom Buttons
Have you thought about having a small home based business? Well, there are so many individuals out there who are really interested about starting their own business. There are a lot of options that you can find and a small choice could be to craft custom buttons for friends, family or nearby businesses.
It is really easy to make custom buttons. You probably have seen such small pinback buttons which you could find in the local toy shop or the gum-ball machine. And when you have seen how easy it is to make buttons for yourself, then you will surely get amazed at the wide variety of those colorful buttons that you can make on your own.
If you plan to make custom buttons, you need to have that button making machine, the button blanks as well as good paper stock for the buttons. For you to be able to start, there are a few things that you also need. The blanks are the first things that you must have. The button blanks are those small metallic forms that may or may not have such pin backing. You have to know that there are buttons without a pin. Such is done so that they may be attached to the clothing through the use of a magnet in order to prevent poking a hole through the garments. Button blanks are used for holding the image which is fixed with the use of the button making machine.
Also, you must have the button making machine. There are a number of options that you could choose like manual and automatic. For example, the simple hand-operated button machine can help a user make a button in just two minutes and such would include the time in cutting the image template and the semi-automated machines can greatly speed up the process and also help the user to make 200 to 300 buttons each hour.
Finally, you should have the right paper for the buttons. The commonly accepted paper is 24lb in weight. Other than being very expensive, the heavier weight paper would cause the machine to jam especially if it is a smaller button machine. Actually, there is no benefit to such thicker paper when making a button. A lighter weight paper could get translucent and might end up with some of the metallic backing getting nearly visible through the paper depending on the design that you have. This is surely not the result that you desire to have. The selection of paper would depend on the recommendation on the instructions of the button machine so you have to be sure that you would go through the instructions carefully. When you want to have this simple hobby, then you should invest in the less expensive equipment and just have fun in making buttons for your friends.
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