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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

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Posted in News By Paul and Joe

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I was very fortunate recently to attend the Van Gogh and the Seasons exhibition in the National Gallery of Victoria (Australia).

As is usual for most exhibitions and galleries in the world, the exit is always through the gift shop. It is very difficult after you have been so impressed and moved by the works of van Gogh, not to pick up either a book or something that you can take with you that reminds you that to see the actual brush strokes of a genius is a treat indeed!

I was very pleased to see in the National Gallery of Victoria gift shop a range of fridge magnets and pocket mirrors. I have mentioned elsewhere on the Alond website that badges, pocket mirrors, key rings and fridge magnets are an important part of any gift shop in a gallery, museum or gift shop in a tourist area.

I am just sharing with you two items that I purchased in the National Gallery of Victoria gift shop.

Disclaimer: It is important that I make very clear we did not supply these to the National Gallery of Victoria.

We can however supply the equipment that makes these items; click here. Please see the images below to give you an understanding of how the finished products look.
We can supply the equipment and the raw materials to make these items, it would be the responsibility of the gallery or museum to source the actual artwork used and of course obtain the correct permission for the re-use of such images. I will point out there are advantages to making the items in the gift shop (or in the small office behind the gift shop!) You are always able to make enough items for sale, but not have an embarrassing out of stock situation, or just as bad, to have ordered too many of the wrong item.

Some of our customers in country areas of Australia have already sourced images, some of them are photographs taken by local photographers, this makes it easy to negotiate reproduction rights. You are welcome to contact us if you would like further details.

Showing the front of a souvenir fridge magnet and a souvenir pocket mirror from a gallery gift shop Showing the backs of a souvenir fridge magnet and a souvenir pocket mirror from a gallery gift shop

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Rattling Badge Pins and how to stop it/them

26 July 2017 2:53:01 PM AEST

We recently had an enquiry from one of our customers:
"How can we stop our pins rattling in our badges?"

We had never had this question in all our years of being involved in the badge making industry, so we thought we would respond with a blog article:

Badge pins are almost always a loose fit in the backs of badges, due to the requirement for sufficient room to allow the badge pins to be inserted within the two holes at the back of the badge (this excludes the rarer D pin clip that you mostly only see in 25 mm or 1 inch badges).

There are essentially two ways to stop the pins rattling;

  1. include some packing in between the dome (shell) and the back of the badge during manufacture. This packing if it is of sufficient thickness will not interfere with the badge making, but will hold the pin firmly against the back of the badge.
  2. For more creative pin locking, we might suggest using a glue to hold the pin in position.

In the photograph on this blog page, you will see we have essentially placed the back of the badge with the back of the back facing upwards. In other words, the outside of the badge back, as you would see it when the badge is complete, is facing down. Please look at the photo that will make this explanation a lot more understandable.

You will notice we have used two barbecue safety matches to hold the back of the badge off the work surface, we did that to ensure that the pin rests in its normal position with the back of the pin flush with the surface of the back of the badge. We only used barbecue safety matches as they were approximately the correct size, you can use any other suitable sized prop.

Once we have set up the back of the badge in the correct position with the pin flush against the surface of the back of the badge it is a simple matter to use a small amount of glue to lock the pin in place.
We did use a hot melt glue gun, this would work quite well on a plastic back badge, however, it was not as successful on the metal back badge that you see in the photo. After testing we realised that we should have used a glue more suitable for metal surfaces.

In conclusion, our two solutions did certainly stop the pins rattling, but in all fairness, the pins only rattle when the badge is not in use. When the badge is pinned to clothing of course the pin doesn't rattle at all!

Any other thoughts on securing badge pins are always welcome, and we will update this blog page with any other suitable suggestions.

Posted in News By paul denyer

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At the Museum of Brisbane, Australia, your child can create a mini self-portrait and then transform it into a badge. See the website for more details. July 2017.

http://www.museumofbrisbane.com.au/whats-on/mob-kids-school-holidays/#100-discovery-

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Badge Business now employs 13 people!

13 June 2017 5:17:03 PM AEST

I am always pleased to hear of badge making businesses doing well.

This business in the US now has 13 employees;

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