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So you wanna be a Button Maker?
but you're not sure what size you need
heres the ButtonMakers.net Size Comparison Chart

The machines are built to make only one button size. That means for every size button you would like to make, you'll need a new machine. So it's a good idea to familiarize yourself with the different machines and their uses. Click the graphic below for a printable PDF file of our most popular sized.

Accessory Compatibility chart
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welded eye
key chains
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versa back /dedicated
key chains
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zipper pulls no
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bulldog clips no no no
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coasters no no no no no no no no no
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easel back buttons no no no no no no no no
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Below we've included some basic information about each button size including estimated production times and demographics information. Click the size you're interested below to jump to that section on the page.

 

 

Model 875 (7/8 inch)
Model 100 (1 inch)
Model 125 (1-1/4 inch)
Model 150 (1-1/2 inch)
Model 175 (1-3/4 inch)
Model 200 (2 inch)
Model 225 (2-1/4 inch)
Model 250 (2-1/2 inch)
Model 300 (3 inch)

Model 300 Photo (3 inch)
Model 350 (3.5 inch)
Model 350 Photo (3-1/2 inch)


 

 

7/8 inch Buttons - Model 875
7/8 inch button
These buttons are newest and smallest addition! The model 875 machine makes buttons that are 7/8 inch or 22.225mm in diameter.

Buy a Model 875

Production info:
Time: If you're punching out graphics one at a time with a
graphic punch it takes about an hour to make 100 buttons. 30 minutes to print and cut circles, 15 minutes to press the buttons, and another 15 minutes to insert the pin-backs. One draw-back of the one inch size is that, unlike sizes 1-1/4 and up, the pin-back is inserted by hand after the button itself is pressed. This does add time to production. But you can speed up production by punching more than one graphic at time, using a faster printer, etc.
Tools: Making buttons includes
designing, printing, cutting out circles, pressing buttons, and inserting pin-backs. So you'll need to have a computer with a graphics program, or some way to make button designs, a printer laser or inkjet will do, a circle cutter, and of course the Button Making machine.
Paper: The Model 875 can accommodate paper up to 5 mil in thickness.
That includes standard office or laser paper, as well as many papers called "Photo Quality Inkjet" or something similar.
Parts: 7/8 inch button parts include mylar, shells, collets, & pin-backs

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Mylar is the thin plastic disk that covers the graphic and protects it from the elements. The shell gives the button its general shape. The collets crimps the graphic and mylar into the back of the shell and holds everything together. The pin-back is inserted by hand after the button is pressed.

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Demographics:
7/8 inch buttons
are commonly purchased by young adults and teens between the ages of 12-25 who are interested in entertainment, especially music and movies. This group of people use their interests to define their personalities and will proudly wear music , entertainment, and novelty merchandise on their everyday clothing. 

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1 inch Buttons - Model 100
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These buttons are our most popular! The model 100 machine makes buttons that are 1 inch or 24.5mm in diameter.

Production info:
Time: If you're punching out graphics one at a time with a graphic punch it takes about an hour to make 100 buttons. 30 minutes to print and cut circles, 15 minutes to press the buttons, and another 15 minutes to insert the pin-backs. One draw-back of the one inch size is that, unlike any other size, the pin-back is inserted by hand after the button itself is pressed. This does add time to production. But you can speed up production by punching more than one graphic at time, using a faster printer, etc.
Tools: Making buttons includes
designing, printing, cutting out circles, pressing buttons, and inserting pin-backs. So you'll need to have a computer with a graphics program, or some way to make button designs, a printer laser or inkjet will do, a circle cutter, and of course the Button Making machine.
Paper: The Model 100 can accommodate paper up to 5 mil in thickness.
That includes standard office or laser paper, as well as many papers called "Photo Quality Inkjet" or something similar.
Parts: One inch button parts include mylar, shells, collets, & pin-backs

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Mylar is the thin plastic disk that covers the graphic and protects it from the elements. The shell gives the button its general shape. The collets crimps the graphic and mylar into the back of the shell and holds everything together. The pin-back is inserted by hand after the button is pressed.

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Demographics:
One inch buttons
are commonly purchased by young adults and teens between the ages of 12-25 who are interested in entertainment, especially music and movies. This group of people use their interests to define their personalities and will proudly wear music , entertainment, and novelty merchandise on their everyday clothing.  1 inch buttons highly popular and can be used for a number of purposes.

1.25 inch Buttons - Model 125

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The One and a quarter inch buttons (31.75mm) are just a little bit bigger than the 1 inch size and are commonly used for the same purposes. Since this size is less popular, I tend to recommend as a good alterative to those considering the 1 inch size. The 1.25 inch size will make your button stand out amongst all the 1 inch ones.

Buy a Model 125

Production info:
Time: It takes about 45 minutes to make 100 buttons. 30 minutes to print and cut circles and 15 minutes to press the buttons. The pin-backs on the 1-1/4 inch buttons are pre assembled. So you do not have the added step of inserting pin-backs after pressing the buttons like the 1 inch buttons.
Tools: Making buttons includes
designing, printing, cutting out circles, and pressing buttons. So you'll need to have a computer with a graphics program, or some way to make button designs, a printer laser or inkjet will do, a circle cutter, and of course the Button Making machine.
Paper: The Model 125 can accommodate paper up to 5 mil in thickness.
That includes standard office or laser paper, as well as many papers called "Photo Quality Inkjet" or something similar.
Parts: One inch button parts include mylar, shells, and pin-backs.

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Mylar is the thin plastic disk that covers the graphic and protects it from the elements. The shell gives the button its general shape. The pin-back crimps the graphic and mylar into the back of the shell and holds everything together.

Demographics:
The One and a quarter inch buttons
share the market with 1 inch buttons. They are commonly worn by teens and young adults for the purpose of sporting brand loyalty, identifying with their entertainment interests, novelty, and networking. This market uses their music interests especially to voice their personality and find others with similar tastes. "Hey that's a cool button, tell me about it, lets be friends" One and a quarter inch buttons are bigger and stand out in the crowd of similar 1 inchers but are still small enough to be cute and popular!


1.5 inch Buttons - Model 150

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One and a half inch buttons are a bit bigger still, (38.09 mm) and are used for promotional giveaways, bands, movies, and entertainment type of designs. However, you tend to see this size most used for bold statements of opinion, political views, attitude, and jokes. They are big enough to stand out amongst the smaller entertainment and novelty 1 1.25 inchers, and small enough to be used to make a statement without being completely overbearing.

Production info:
Time: It takes about 45 minutes to make 100 buttons. 30 minutes to print and cut circles and 15 minutes to press the buttons. The pin-backs on the 1-1/4 inch buttons are pre assembled. So you do not have the added step of inserting pin-backs after pressing the buttons like the 1 inch buttons.
Tools: Making buttons includes
designing, printing, cutting out circles, and pressing buttons. So you'll need to have a computer with a graphics program, or some way to make button designs, a printer laser or inkjet will do, a circle cutter, and of course the Button Making machine.
Paper: The Model 150 can accommodate paper up to 5 mil in thickness.
That includes standard office or laser paper, as well as many papers called "Photo Quality Inkjet" or something similar.
Parts: One and a half inch parts include mylar, shells, and pin-backs.
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Mylar is the thin plastic disk that covers the graphic and protects it from the elements. The shell gives the button its general shape. The pin-back crimps the graphic and mylar into the back of the shell and holds everything together.

Demographics:
One and a half inch buttons
also share the market with 1, 1.25, and 1.75 inch badges. This size is a bit more retro and appeals to the 25-40 year old crowd more than teens. A lot of the vintage rock buttons you find from the 70's era are 1-1/2 inches. This is a great size for niche collectors and novelty or joke pins as well.

1.75 inch Buttons - Model 175

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One and three quarter inch buttons are the biggest size in our Awesome Promotions category. (44.45 mm) They are the least popular of the group. If you really want to make your retail novelty buttons unique, I would recommend 1.75 inches. You could be a new trendsetter!!

Production info:
Time: It takes about 45 minutes to make 100 buttons. 30 minutes to print and cut circles and 15 minutes to press the buttons. The pin-backs on the 1-3/4 inch buttons are pre assembled. So you do not have the added step of inserting pin-backs after pressing the buttons like the 1 inch buttons.
Tools: Making buttons includes
designing, printing, cutting out circles, and pressing buttons. So you'll need to have a computer with a graphics program, or some way to make button designs, a printer laser or inkjet will do, a circle cutter, and of course the Button Making machine.
Paper: The Model 175 can accommodate paper up to 5 mil in thickness.
That includes standard office or laser paper, as well as many papers called "Photo Quality Inkjet" or something similar.
Parts: The 1.75 inch components include mylar, shells and pin-backs.
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Mylar is the thin plastic disk that covers the graphic and protects it from the elements. The shell gives the button its general shape. The pin-back crimps the graphic and mylar into the back of the shell and holds everything together.

 

Demographics:
One and three quarter inch buttons
is part of the awesome promotions category which appeals to mostly to the younger generation, people under 40. Like the 1.5 inch badges, this size can be considered a vintage style and appeals to collectors. It is also a god size for advertisers looking to target young people, as it is big enough for information but small enough to be worn on trendy outer wear.

2 inch Buttons - Model 200

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Two inch buttons fall into our Serious Attention category. These are commonly used at rallies and fund-raisers where an important message needs to be spread. Or they're found at fairs and picnics. The 2 inch buttons (50.8 mm) are the only ones that use a plastic back rather than the metal back, which could lower the perceived value if you are reselling them.

Production info
Time: If you're punching out graphics one at a time with a graphic punch it takes about an hour to make 100 buttons. 30 minutes to print and cut circles and 30 minutes to press the buttons.
Tools:
Making buttons includes
designing, printing, cutting out circles, and pressing buttons. So you'll need to have a computer with a graphics program, or some way to make button designs, a printer laser or inkjet will do, a circle cutter, and of course the Button Making machine.
Paper: The Model 200 can accommodate paper up to 5 mil in thickness when used with it's
Model 2145 Graphic Punch. That includes standard office or laser paper, as well as many papers called "Photo Quality Inkjet" or something similar. When used with the Model 2000 Graphic Punch, you can use thick photo paper stock (16+ mil) with this machine. A button made with the Model 2000 Graphic Punch will have visible metal button shell showing around it's perimeter.
Parts: The 2 inch components
include mylar, shells and plastic pin-backs.

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Mylar is the thin plastic disk that covers the graphic and protects it from the elements. The shell gives the button its general shape. The pin-back crimps the graphic and mylar into the back of the shell and holds everything together.

 

Demographics
Adults between the ages of 25-50 who are interested in political events, social awareness, tourists, and fair-goers. This group is not likely to wear their buttons following the event, regardless of the size. A bigger size is more suited for them. The message is bigger, more legible, and makes a bigger impact while being worn.

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2.25 inch Buttons - Model 225

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Two and a quarter inch buttons (57.15 mm) are the most popular of the Serious Attention sizes. Like the 2 inch buttons, the 2.25 inchers are used at rallies, fund raisers, fairs, and picnics and are also quite often seen promoting large company campaigns and advertising of that sort. This size can also be used to make photo buttons with the appropriate graphic punch.

Production info
Time: If you're punching out graphics one at a time with a graphic punch it takes about an hour to make 100 buttons. 30 minutes to print and cut circles and 30 minutes to press the buttons.
Tools:
Making buttons includes
designing, printing, cutting out circles, and pressing buttons. So you'll need to have a computer with a graphics program, or some way to make button designs, a printer laser or inkjet will do, a circle cutter, and of course the Button Making machine.
Paper: The Model 225 can accommodate paper up to 5 mil in thickness when used with it's
Model 2625 Graphic Punch. That includes standard office or laser paper, as well as many papers called "Photo Quality Inkjet" or something similar. When used with the Model 2225 Graphic Punch, you can use thick photo paper stock (16+ mil) with this machine. A button made with the Model 2625 Graphic Punch will have visible metal button shell showing around it's perimeter.
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Parts:
The 2.25 inch components include mylar, shells and pin-backs.

Mylar is the thin plastic disk that covers the graphic and protects it from the elements. The shell gives the button its general shape. The pin-back crimps the graphic and mylar into the back of the shell and holds everything together.

 

Demographics
These buttons share the market with 2 & 2.5 inch buttons. They appeal to people under 50 interested in political campaigns, social projects, promotional events, or souvenir collecting. The 2-1/4 inch buttons are the most popular of this category. Again, this demographic is not inclined to wear their buttons on their everyday clothing, so the bigger more legible badges make a bigger impact while being worn.


2.5 inch - Model 250
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Two and a half inch buttons are just a little bigger (63.5 mm) and just a little less common than the 2.25 inch variety. Going with the will be a great way to show up your competition at your next rally!!.

Production info
Time: If you're punching out graphics one at a time with a graphic punch it takes about an hour to make 100 buttons. 30 minutes to print and cut circles and 30 minutes to press the buttons.
Tools:
Making buttons includes
designing, printing, cutting out circles, and pressing buttons. inserting pin-backs. So you'll need to have a computer with a graphics program, or some way to make button designs, a printer laser or inkjet will do, a circle cutter, and of course the Button Making machine.
Paper: The Model 250 can accommodate paper up to 5 mil in thickness.
That includes standard office or laser paper, as well as many papers called "Photo Quality Inkjet" or something similar.
Parts: The 2-1/2 inch components include mylar, shells, and pin-backs.
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Mylar is the thin plastic disk that covers the graphic and protects it from the elements. The shell gives the button its general shape. The pin-back crimps the graphic and mylar into the back of the shell and holds everything together.

Demographics
Adults under 50 who are interested in political events, social awareness, tourists, and fair-goers. This size shares the demographics with the other 2 inch sizes, but is slightly less popular than the 2-1/4 inch variety.


3 inch - Model 300 and 300p

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Three inch buttons fall into the Great Campaign category. These are used for just that, making a real campaign effort. They are big enough for a clear statement that can be seen from a distance. Or get a 300p that makes buttons using traditional photo or thick glossy inkjet type papers! (They're 76.19 mm in diameter)

Production info
Time Model 300 If you're punching out graphics one at a time with a
graphic punch it takes about an hour to make 100 buttons. 30 minutes to print and cut circles and 30 minutes to press the buttons. For the Model 300p This can be substantially longer if you are making photo buttons. It can take up to 15 minutes for some inkjet photo printers to make one print.
Tools:
Making buttons includes
designing, printing, cutting out circles, and pressing buttons. inserting pin-backs. So you'll need to have a computer with a graphics program, or some way to make button designs, a printer laser or inkjet will do, a circle cutter, and of course the Button Making machine.
Paper: The Model 300 can accommodate paper up to 5 mil in thickness.
That includes standard office or laser paper, as well as many papers called "Photo Quality Inkjet" or something similar. For the Model 300p you can use standard paper, but it will also accommodate up to 16mil coated inkjet paper, traditional photo paper, even dye sublimation papers!
Parts: The 3 inch components include mylar, shells, and pin-backs.
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Mylar is the thin plastic disk that covers the graphic and protects it from the elements. The shell gives the button its general shape. The pin-back crimps the graphic and mylar into the back of the shell and holds everything together.

Demographics:
For the Model 300 the demographics are adults between the ages of 30-70. Also children under the age of 12. This size is often used for political campaigning and is suited for those interested in politics. It is also a common size for schools including grade school project, and tourist souvenirs. The Model 300p machines are typically purchased by photographers who run a studio, do school or kids sports photography, or work fairs and do photo buttons while you wait. The people who purchase the retail photo buttons are typically couples with children.

Three and a half inch buttons are the biggest ones we carry. They are also great for campaign efforts and are just a little bigger than the 3 inch ones. Both the 3 and 3.5 inch buttons are very popular sizes and also come in photo models. They are 88.89 mm in diameter

Production info
Time Model 350 If you're punching out graphics one at a time with a
graphic punch it takes about an hour to make 100 buttons. 30 minutes to print and cut circles and 30 minutes to press the buttons. For the Model 350p This can be substantially longer if you are making photo buttons. It can take up to 15 minutes for some inkjet photo printers to make one print.
Tools:
Making buttons includes
designing, printing, cutting out circles, and pressing buttons. inserting pin-backs. So you'll need to have a computer with a graphics program, or some way to make button designs, a printer laser or inkjet will do, a circle cutter, and of course the Button Making machine.
Paper: The Model 350 can accommodate paper up to 5 mil in thickness.
That includes standard office or laser paper, as well as many papers called "Photo Quality Inkjet" or something similar. For the Model 350p you can use standard paper, but it will also accommodate up to 16mil coated inkjet paper, traditional photo paper, even dye sublimation papers!
Parts: The 3.5 inch components include mylar, shells, and pin-backs.
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Mylar is the thin plastic disk that covers the graphic and protects it from the elements. The shell gives the button its general shape. The pin-back crimps the graphic and mylar into the back of the shell and holds everything together.

Demographics:
For the Model 350 the demographics are adults between the ages of 30-70. Also children under the age of 12. This size is often used for political campaigning and is suited for those interested in politics. It is also a common size for schools including grade school project, and tourist souveniers. The Model 350p machines are typically purchased by photographers who run a studio, do school or kids sports photography, or work fairs and do photo buttons while you wait. The people who purchase the retail photo buttons are typically couples with children.

 

 

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