The Library Makerspace has two button makers available for LCC students and staff to borrow and use inside the Library in 2-hour increments. The button maker may be used in the Library Makerspace, or in a Library Group Study Room (by reservation). One machine makes 1.5” buttons and the other makes 2.25” buttons.
LCC students, staff, and faculty can reserve the button makers for in-library use after completing the Makerspace orientation and demonstration of the button maker. Please reserve the button maker in advance to be sure it is available. Visit the Student Help Desk in the Library, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (541) 463-3333 to reserve items. This allows us to schedule a staff person to show you/your group how to operate the button maker successfully.
Drop-in button making is available without a reservation. Limit 5 buttons per student, please.
Make a groovy pin button in 5 easy steps!
Gather the pieces you need to make a button pin.
Use either the smaller (1.5”) or larger (2.5”) paper circles as your template. Keep the design close to the inner circle edge so you will not lose the edge of your design in the press.
Use either the smaller or larger circle cutter depending on the size pin you are making. (To remove cut design, push up on metal cylinder under the cutter.)
On Platform A stack the design of your button in this order:
Rotate Platform A under the lever, pull lever toward you and press the pieces together. Press slowly and firmly to get a good fit! Release the handle.
On Platform B, place the pin back with the pin back down. Rotate the platform under the lever and press the two pieces together. Again, press slowly and firmly to get a good fit! Release the handle.
The button maker is a heavy, steel, mechanical press so keep hands clear of any areas where the press comes down or the lever may pinch. Button making tools do include a circular cutout tool and users should be aware of where the blade is at all times. If you have questions or safety concerns -- please contact a staff member.
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