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Library Makerspace

The Library Makerspace is temporarily closed to walk-in use while the campus is closed due to Covid-19. We look forward to seeing you again when it is safe to do so.

About button making

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.

  • Button parts for 1.5” x 25 =  $1.50                           
  • Button parts for 2.25” x 25 = $2.00

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 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.

photo of button making machine

Step-by-step instructions

Make a groovy pin button in 5 easy steps!

Gather the pieces you need to make a button pin.

Design +

  1. Design your 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.

  1. Cut your design to fit 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.)

  1. Use Platform A of the button press to sandwich the top pieces.

On Platform A stack the design of your button in this order:

  • Smooth shell on bottom (facing up, like image below)
  • Design in middle (facing up)
  • Mylar sheet on top

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.

  1. Use Platform B to attach the pin back to your button design.

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.

  1. Rotate the base and retrieve your fabulous pin. Wear it with joy!


How to make a button

Safety concerns about button making

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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