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I want to make a bunch of my userpics into buttons / pin badges / brooches. Does anyone know how I might do this? Is there a website that can do this for me (UK preferably)? I googled but got nowhere useful (I can get a multiple of one badge or buy and expensive £299 badge maker - nowhere seems to let be make 20 or so badges that are all different pictures…


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Sep. 11th, 2015 07:28 am (UTC)
What you need is a Badge-A-Minit. These things have been around forever. You can make as many badges as you want, each one different or all the same. People used to draw orginal designs by hand and make them into badges, and now they create their designs by computer and print them out - either way, the device lets you cut out a perfect circle containing the design, then laminate the paper with a protective plastic covering and a back that includes a pin, all by hand. (The calligraphic badge in my userpic was created that way.)

They do apparently ship outside the US, but I wasn't able to find out what the charges might be (because their "live online chat" was closed for the night). The starter model is so inexpensive that even the cost of shipping to the UK might stay within your affordable range.

Sep. 11th, 2015 02:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I will look into that. The problem is less the shipping charges (which have indeed gone up in recent months from the US) and more the customs charges and delay on the UK end.

ETA: I found a UK stockist and so they deal with the customs palaver and just ship me the machine! Thank you!

Edited at 2015-09-11 02:53 pm (UTC)
Sep. 12th, 2015 03:20 am (UTC)

I see from your comment below that you expect to have enough supplies for 20 badges, but the package you linked to says 10. I'd recomment getting the cutter and some extra supplies, if you can, Just In Case - and I know that the cutter makes it far easier to get the paper to fit exactly into the badge. Enjoy!

Sep. 12th, 2015 10:51 am (UTC)
Yes, I misstyped. I meant 10. I will think about the cutter - do you really think a pair of scissors will not be good enough?
Sep. 13th, 2015 02:59 am (UTC)
It's remarkably difficult to cut a clean circle by hand, even if you're cutting along a printed line, never mind if you're trying to do it freehand. But the neater the circle, the more professional the badge looks. (And if it's too imperfect, the badge machine won't work.)
Sep. 13th, 2015 11:37 am (UTC)
Yes but for the price of the cutters on that site I could buy myself a lot of yarn, food and a recumbent exercise bike!
Sep. 14th, 2015 03:49 am (UTC)
Not the Badge-A-Minit cutter! (You were looking under "Cutting and Punching Tools", not "Badge-A-Minit", weren't you?)

If you can cut out a circle very neatly, you might be able to do without the cutter. It might help if you use your computer graphics program to draw a bunch of perfect circles of the correct size, making the outline a fairly faint color and only 1 or 2 pixels thick and spacing them a decent distance apart. Paste each image into a circle, centered and enlarged to fit. Then print it all out and cut along the lines :-)

Edited at 2015-09-14 03:55 am (UTC)
Sep. 14th, 2015 11:17 am (UTC)
Indeed I was, and thank you! *orders*
Sep. 15th, 2015 10:06 am (UTC)
You're welcome! :-)
Sep. 12th, 2015 01:33 am (UTC)
I have a button maker. Gmail me at robynlicious and we'll talk. You'll get the long term friend discount of $0 unless shipping is crazy.
Sep. 12th, 2015 02:06 am (UTC)
Oh it was you! I knew one of you made button badges but I had forgotten whom. Don't worry now, though - see my reply above. I have ordered myself a badge maker which with comes with enough supplies to make 20 badges. I am quite looking forward to doing this!
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