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Happy 2018 everyone :-)

 

We thought we would point out, just in case anyone thought we were not original, that Pantone's colour of 2018 (Ultra Violet) is not the same as our House colour!

Pantone colour:

 

Ultra Violet
 

Alond house colour:

 

Alond house colour
 

 

 

So, as you can see, they are not in any way similar!

Just a light-hearted start to the blogging in 2018, more serious blog posts to follow, including "paper fibres, what difference do they make to my badges?"

Posted in News By Paul

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Pin Badges with Maps, simple but beautiful!

21 December 2017 7:42:00 AM AEDT

Just a simple idea;

Badges using old maps!

The Pinterest link suggests you can make them manually with all sorts of crafty things, but why do that when you have your very own badge maker!

https://www.pinterest.com.au/pin/11470174022900622/

There is a similar pin showing comic books creatively imagined!

Posted in News By paul denyer

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Badge Collectors Circle (in the UK)

10 December 2017 11:26:01 AM AEDT

I've recently come across this website, as most of us usually do, whilst looking for something else entirely.

The badge collectors Circle has an amazing breadth of detail, the archive (as of this date) has 5860 entries!

The first thing that struck me about this website is that it is purely a pin badge hobby site, there are no badges for sale, and there appears to be no advertising on the website at all.

After having a browse through the website and reading the about us page, I have to admire the sheer dedication and persistence of Frank Setchfield. Since 1979 Frank has been actively involved in pin badges, or as I frequently mention in this blog, "pin buttons" if you are from North America.

For many years he wrote and edited a Pin badge magazine, and also wrote a book "the official badge collectors guide".

If you have found an old badge and are trying to identify it, if you have an old badge and wish to donate it to Frank to add to the badge collectors Circle, or even if you wish to borrow a badge, you really should contact him and see if he can help you.

There is a frequently asked questions page, which will prove useful. There is also a Facebook link and a twitter link.

This is a link directly to the website: http://www.badgecollectorscircle.co.uk/

I have to say, personally, I admire his dedication and single-mindedness.




Posted in News By paul denyer

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Laura Hutson muses on Art and Music co-existing in Nashville

http://www.nashvillescene.com/arts-culture/features/article/20981913/art-crawl-confidential-pin-parties-and-80s-dance-halls-dominated-novembers-crawl

Artists were on hand to draw whoever sat in front of them, drawing on (I suspect) 35mm wide circles of paper. Those were then made into badges and sold at the cost of US $5.00

A great image also in the article of the badges.

 

Well done!

Posted in News By Joe

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Pageant Day Badge Making in Adelaide Australia

14 November 2017 11:26:56 AM AEDT

Make Some Badges

http://centreofdemocracy.sa.gov.au/event/pageant-day-badge-making/

18 Nov 2017
11am to 1pm

Where

Institute Building
Corner of North Terrace and Kintore Avenue, Adelaide, South Australia

Tickets

FREE

Posted in News By Paul

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Fridge magnets at the Imperial War Museum Duxford

7 November 2017 1:44:38 PM AEDT

During our working holiday to the UK we took the opportunity to visit a few places of interest.

I could say this visit was purely for business purposes, but in reality I had never visited the Imperial War Museum at Duxford in the UK which has a rather remarkable collection of aircraft.

I would strongly urge anybody visiting the UK to take a day out to visit this museum, it is an amazingly comprehensive collection.

This museum is a little bit different from normal museums, as you actually walk through the gift shop before you go in to the museum (of course you also go through it on the way out!)

Please see the attached couple of photos of the fridge magnets, as you may know, we do supply the machines that make these particular fridge magnets so this is not an entirely altruistic post :-)

The usual disclaimer: we did not supply any product to the Imperial War Museum, Duxford.

I did like the fridge magnets which showed the posters that were no doubt very common around the UK, "eat less bread" particularly caught my eye.

Fridge magnet showing poster from the UK Second World War

Fridge magnets at the Imperial War Museum Duxford

Fridge magnets on a countertop display at the Imperial War Museum Duxford

Posted in News By Paul

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On our recent visit to the UK we took some time to evaluate how other countries used pin badges and badge magnets for sales and marketing.

During our visit to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, visiting the Pink Floyd exhibition (which was, by the way absolutely brilliant!), We were very impressed by not only the range of pin badges that were available for sale, but also by the depth of stock.

We estimated each tray contained at least 150 to 200 pin badges. (There are also magnets suitable for fridges)

Here is a photo that we took to give you an idea of how they presented the pin badges;

Pin badge Pink Floyd at the Victoria and Albert Museum

Posted in News By Paul

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An interesting set of tips from a UK Badge Maker supply company;

https://www.ebadges.co.uk/turning-your-craft-hobby-into-business/

It's worth a read!

Posted in News By Joe

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I recently called in to an Alond customer and was very pleased and impressed to see they had a dedicated corner for their Alond badge maker.

As you can see from the photo, they have a range of die sets, and desktop cutters for each size of badge. But what is most apparent (to me anyway) was that they had taken a few minutes to screw down the badge machine firmly to their desk.

The difference a secured badge maker makes to badge making is quite remarkable, all of a sudden you have a free hand that is always available to select the next component or to remove the finished badge.
When you have your badge machine loose on your desk or table, you will find frequently that you use one hand to press the lever down and the other hand is used to stabilise the badge machine.

With a locked down (screwed down) badge maker, all of a sudden that second hand can be used to make your badge making more efficient.

The cost is quite low, really only a couple of wood screws are required, and perhaps a couple of minutes with a drill to create the pilot holes in the desk.

Showing an Alond badge maker secured to a bench using wood screws

Posted in News By joe

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Please note we are away for a few days between 1 September 2017 and 13 September 2017.Read More
Posted in News By Paul and Joe

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