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We are always looking for helpful badge-making websites, here's one we found today;

This website offers free templates to download in PDF format;

Their sizes are;

1 inch

1.25 inch

1.5 inch

2.25 inch

These are quite close to our;

25mm

32mm

37mm

and 58mm badge sizes.

 

Just be aware that these templates are for printing using USA size paper, different to A4 paper used here in Australia

 

https://www.assemblyoftext.com/button_making_station

Posted in News By Paul

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An LED Heart Badge, solder your own!

8 May 2018 9:51:22 AM AEST

This LED matrix is a heart shaped badge with circuit which you can make and gift to your valentine or crush and spread your love. It can be worn as a necklace or as a badge.

It has got Bluetooth so you can display any text message on the necklace using a smart phone.

https://hackaday.io/project/114144-led-ble-hearty-necklacebadge

Joe says: "This is very involved, but very creative too, it's worth reading if you are technically minded".

Posted in News By Joe

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Launch Day (31st May – 4th June 2018)

Hop aboard SS Nomadic to celebrate the anniversary of RMS Titanic’s launch and the day SS Nomadic left Belfast, when over 100,000 spectators lined the Lagan.

Mark the occasion in true party style with face-painting, games, postcard and badge making as well as meet characters from that era on board.

http://titanicbelfast.com/

 

Posted in News By paul denyer

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Peoplepowerpress Badge Blog

1 April 2018 10:16:15 AM AEST

Just a quick pointer to a very useful badge making blog; https://peoplepowerpress.org/blogs/news 

Lots of news and helpful hints and tips.

Posted in News By Joe

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I H8 Valentine’s Day” badge-making party

27 March 2018 2:27:21 PM AEDT

Just to be clear, I don't, but this library in Rapid Falls South Dakota (USA) does!

http://www.newscenter1.tv/story/37507041/hate-valentines-day-youre-not-the-only-one

The event was free and open to the public.

Another example of a badge making station in a library with creative ideas to encourage visitors, brilliant!

Posted in News By Joe

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Harmony Day 21st March 2018; register here

11 March 2018 9:17:13 AM AEDT

Are you planning a Harmony Day event, you might wish to register your event here:

https://www.harmony.gov.au/events/register/

For more information, visit the site here;

https://www.harmony.gov.au/

Don't forget, Communicate the importance of cultural diversity – encourage values and promote participation and provide some fun ways to learn.

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Posted in News By paul denyer

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Making your pin badge very special, for example as an award, is very easy but if you wish to surround the badge with a rosette and don't want to buy a pack of 50 from us, here is a way you can make your own.

This YouTube link is from a Japanese You-tuber, but it is really not necessary to hear the description as it is all self evident and very detailed in the video.

I did like the way that she made her own pin back badge as well!

https://youtu.be/-dmuayi3N9g

Posted in News By paul denyer

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Creative ways to package your pin badges

27 February 2018 11:41:05 AM AEDT

If you use your Alond badge maker (or any badge maker really) to sell badges, it is important to consider the presentation of your completed badges.

When you walk into a retail store, you may not be consciously aware, but there has been an lot of effort put into the presentation of the goods offered for sale. This is certainly true when you walk into a national retailer. The reason is very simple, if the item for sale is packaged attractively it is more likely that the potential buyer will become an actual purchaser of that item.

This Pinterest user has created a page just collecting interesting packaging of pin-badges, some of them are quite standard (for example we sell the clear high transparency self sealed envelopes and also the drawstring bags) but there are quite a few creative ideas that I thought were worth sharing with our readers.

https://www.pinterest.com.au/buttonboyinc/cute-button-packaging-ideas/?lp=true

If you are not a Pinterest user, it is worth taking the time to register to see the above link, I must confess you can certainly spend quite a bit of time browsing through this website of creative ideas, I know I do :-)

Posted in News By paul denyer

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Journey of The Comedian’s Smiley Face Pin Badge

20 February 2018 11:37:00 AM AEDT

Really only for DC comic book fans, the Journey of The Comedian’s Smiley Face Pin Badge.

https://www.cbr.com/dc-universe-comedian-button-path/

You will notice thar the article discusses the Smiley Face Button, when the author Dave Gibbons calls it a Smiley Face Badge (I am guessing that Dave gibbons in not a native North American" I could be wrong)

This is an associated article from the same website where the author discusses the smiley face pin badge;

https://www.cbr.com/watchmen-button-dave-gibbons/

In an interview with the author Dave Gibbons, he says;

"So on the sketch that I did, I drew a tiny little yellow smiley faced badge"

For international readers of this blog, in most places in the world the item in question is known as a "Pin Back Badge", but in the USA, they are a "Pin Back Button" and because it was invented in the USA, (see my other blog article linking the original patent application) I suppose we should call them buttons.... or perhaps not... :-)

 

Posted in News By paul denyer

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Paper fibres, what difference do they make to my badge making?

We have covered aspects of this question in previous blog posts, about six years ago.

When you use paper in your printer, the type of paper is sometimes dictated by the printer manufacturer, where they recommend a particular type of paper, or, when you need to print to a budget so you will purchase whatever paper is cheapest, and fits your machine.

There are two common or basic types of printer, there is laser and inkjet. There are other types but we won't discuss those in this blog as it is outside the scope of general users.

With laser printers, a tiny amount of a solid material, called the toner, is electrostatically placed on your paper. With an inkjet, a tiny amount of liquid material is placed on the paper.

With normal photocopy type of paper that you get in almost every supermarket or office supply store, the surface if you look at it VERY closely, is quite fibrous, in other words you can see the individual short strands that make up the paper itself. If you can imagine that the small particles of toner can sometimes end up on the top of those fibres and sometimes can slip down in between the fibres. The end result of this is a slightly fuzzy finish, or to put it another way, slightly out of focus or blurred. This same blurred effect can also happen when the tiny droplet of ink hits the fibres. But in this case because it is a liquid the ink will actually be drawn along the fibre, this is called wicking. This also causes a fuzzy or blurred finish to your artwork.

How do we fix this?

The above problem has always existed, and as you can imagine, printers (I mean the people who actually run the printers, not the printers themselves) over the centuries have come up with an easy answer: use a better quality paper.

There are many different types of paper that will give you a better quality finish to your artwork, but the most common is what is called a coated paper. This is when a fine coating (Usually kaolin, a type of clay) is placed over the fibres to give a more flat uniform finish.
If you can imagine a wicker basket with its very rough surface, now imagine taking some builders plaster and carefully covering up that wicker surface and leaving a smooth finish so that you can't actually see the wicker strands or fibres, this is what a coated paper achieves.

This coated paper is more expensive than the standard photocopy paper, And the price will vary depending on how fine the surface finish is, but, the finer the surface finish the better the quality that you will get from your printing.

So, if you find new artwork is not looking particularly colourful, even though it did on the computer screen, load your printer with a coated paper, sometimes this is called photo paper, make sure your printer knows that you are using a high quality of paper (this will be in your printer setup area) and you will be surprised at the more vivid colours Of your artwork and sharper outlines of your text.

The second aspect we need to touch upon is quite important too, the strength of the paper.

It may occasionally happen that you are making some badges, and after you have finished completing the badge you examined the edges and notice a slight tearing of your artwork, you may just be able to see the steel dome or shell in between that crack.
This can also happen if you have a badge that is not round, for example our square badges or our triangular or hexagonal badges.

This mostly happens because the paper is just not strong enough, the fibres may be too short, the binding agent that holds the fibres together may not have been formulated correctly or the paper could be slightly damp.

There is a very easy fix, use a different or better quality brand of paper, or perhaps slightly thicker. In most countries of the world paper is measured in grams per square metre so for example 80 GSM which is a popular size of photocopiers may be not quite strong enough for your badge making. You could try 85 GSM or 100 GSM and test that on your badge making.
This will normally cure that slight tearing.

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