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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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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. 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

Posted in News By paul denyer

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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-

Posted in News By Joe

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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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A wearable button/badge camera?

30 May 2017 12:21:28 PM AEST

It's not quite a badge (button) in the traditional sense.

A small camera that your child (or in fact anyone, including your dog!) can wear to record their fun in HD!

We have no connection with this product but it is an interesting addition to the "badge world"!

see here for more details https://benjaminbutton.co/en/ It's called the Benjamin Button.

Posted in News By Joe

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Another UK badge campaign "I talk to strangers"

6 April 2017 12:32:14 PM AEST

Following on from a previous blog article, another UK pin-badge idea;

"I Talk To Strangers".

If you read the comments at the end of the article, it does seem to polarise readers, some agree, some are concerned about safety, some just say "no!";

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/i-talk-to-strangers-the-badge-campaign-encouraging-humans-to-actually-engage-with-one-another-a7319996.html

Do we really need these? are people too afraid to chat?

Posted in News By Paul

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Name Tags/Name Badges, why do we need them?

28 March 2017 12:13:22 PM AEDT

We at Alond are selling an increasing number of name badges (name tags), and we were asked a question: "Why do we need name badges?" ...

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Museum of Brisbane badge Making

20 March 2017 4:27:40 PM AEDT

Great News,

The Museum of Brisbane are running a badge making workshop, there is even a photo of their badgemaker.

We can supply suitable components for that machine.....  :-)

Badge Making is always fun.

Mon 3 - Sun 9 April 2017


10am – 4pm daily
No bookings necessary.

http://blhn.org/event/cute-button-badge-making-workshop-kids/

Posted in News By Joe

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Souvenirs and tourism gifts ideas

22 February 2017 1:33:12 PM AEDT

We've written a new article recently covering how to create your own local tourism gifts.

The article is useful enough that we have created a permanent page on the website, the link is here

The page covers photography suggestions, suitable topics/ideas to include on your souvenirs, government support for new business, et cetera.

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Posted in News By Paul

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The worlds only Button (Badge) Museum!

2 January 2017 9:45:37 AM AEDT

If you are in Chicago you must visit the world's only button (Badge) museum.

They have over 1600 buttons displayed in the museum, with MANY more stored, waiting for display space.

If you can't make it there, their website is also a great read!

http://buttonmuseum.org/

Even the front page of the website has a large display of badges, some obviously very topical in their time, others that without context, are almost meaningless (to me anyway!).

Be prepared to spend at least 20 minutes lost in the joys of this website.

Posted in News By Paul

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"Make your own art" tables at this Arts Fest

20 December 2016 9:37:13 AM AEDT

This news article from an Arts Festival in the US mentions the "make your own art" tables.....

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The World's only Button (Badge) Museum

12 December 2016 5:38:36 PM AEDT

This article tells of the worlds only Badge Museum, I'll share the link here and look for the official website of the Museum and post it later.

https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20161206/logan-square/busy-beaver-button-company-museum-expansion-logan-square

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Pinback Buttons - Creative Uses

11 October 2016 10:25:00 AM AEDT

Pinback Buttons - Creative Uses

Another Pinterest site, with a great collection of creative uses for badges. We should perhaps point out (not too modestly) that we can supply ready-made versions of some of these great ideas.

There are also some more interesting ideas that we were most impressed by.

Click on the link and you may be inspired!

Pinterest Link here.

Posted in News By Paul

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People with Buttons (Badges)

27 September 2016 10:15:00 AM AEST

Pinterest is always a great way to appreciate "creatives", those people who can view life a little differently, here's one page on People with Badges (really titled "People with Buttons").

Paris catwalks and Paul McCartney;

 

https://au.pinterest.com/dailybuttons/people-with-buttons/

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Political campaign badges (buttons) have been used in the US for over 100 years according to this post. I posted an blog article about an early patent in the 1890's for a pin-badge.

This post by Meg Miller describes how Hillary Clinton has organised the Forty-Five Pin Project, asking 45 famous  designers to create one design each for her campaign.

The link to Meg Millers article

See my earlier blog article about Australian Political badges.

Posted in News By Paul

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Olympic Medals to Print

4 August 2016 10:06:36 AM AEST

I recently discovered this great UK site with (I'm guessing) 100's of printable artwork/images.

The artwork varies in size but are all easily downloaded in PDF format.

The Olympic Medals to Print is very topical currently and the artwork might make a great background for a 58mm pin badge.

http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/olympic-medals-to-print

I strongly urge you to have a browse through the site, there are lots of other great ideas there

Posted in News By Paul

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Delia Paine has been selling badges at conventions since 2008, she has crafted some great slogans. Read the full article for some interesting ideas: http://www.asicentral.com/news/web-exclusive/july-2016/political-buttons-abound-at-dnc/

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The Huffington Post has a great news article on a 7 year old who was concerned about Pokemon Go players getting injured whilst playing.

He has created a hand drawn series of reflective badges to keep players safe if they are out in the dark.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/pokemon-go-poke-glo-buttons_us_57869292e4b08608d332b0af

He is selling them from 50 cents (US) upwards, depending on size.

What a great idea!

Posted in News By Joe

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Maker Faire with comic book badges - buttons

16 May 2016 1:31:40 PM AEST

Getting people together to show off their creativity, What a great idea.

On the 2nd to last paragraphOf this article, the author mentions that a badge maker is using classic comics to create collectible badges.

http://www.minutemannewscenter.com/articles/2016/05/09/westport/news/doc5728c6e49557c259241696.txt

 

 

Posted in News By paul denyer

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Australian political campaign pin badges

9 May 2016 11:02:43 AM AEST

Political statements are a very common use for pin badges, you see these political badges being worn frequently in US elections, but they are also common in Australian election campaigns.

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Posted in News By Joe

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Real Estate Agents are well known for supporting community festivals.

They usually offer support by contributing their real estate property signboards as festival signs.

However, one of our clever Alond customers had a great idea and has suggested to a local agent that they support a badge making stall. They made the suggestion that with the addition of the agents name on a sticker on the back of the badge and a discreet agency logo on the front of the badge it would be a great community badge making festival stall (suggesting the sticker and company logo always helps to convince a local business to invest in the community!).

The children get to colour their own badges using the crayons provided (see this item: https://alond.com.au/badge-maker-fete-organising-pack-58mm.html ), the festival organisers have another very popular stall and the real estate agent has another subtle marketing opportunity whilst still contributing to the community, everyone is happy!

What a brilliant badge-making idea.

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Bandai® Badge It!™ compatibles in stock

23 February 2016 11:33:46 AM AEDT

Adding to Alond's range of custom designed compatible badge components; we are proud to announce the release of the Badge It!™ compatible 30mm/3cm size round pin badges. see this page on the Alond website for more details; https://alond.com.au/quality-compatible-badge-components/badge-it-30mm-round-compatible-pin-components.html

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Increased security on our website with our EV Cert

29 January 2016 1:50:00 AM AEDT

You might have noticed something different about our website, the top of it has gone green! We are talking here about website security, not the environment.

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I think this may be a world first, actually growing plants within one of our standard 58 mm badges. It was surprisingly easy, and the results I am sure, if left to grow, would be interesting. Read more here...

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Making the most of children's books:
Kelly originally contacted us with some great ideas on how

25mm badge keyrings

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Badge Making Creation Station

15 September 2015 2:34:29 PM AEST

an interesting article about creativity in a Chattanooga library, it's simple but effective....Read More
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This librarian explains how the badge making draws in students......Read More
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Library acquires a button (badge) maker

20 July 2015 1:27:39 PM AEST

This article gives an interesting look at utliising a small amount of space in a library effectively and to address the community's creative needs, read more;Read More
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Badges made by students "wholly inappropriate"

20 July 2015 12:54:59 PM AEST

The button-making privileges of Mrs. Orlowski's fourth-grade class were suspended indefinitely Monday, when an estimated 15 students were found to have used the Harrison Elementary School button maker to create "wholly inappropriate" buttons. From 2001.Read More
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Southbank Centre in London

2 June 2015 10:31:35 AM AEST

n London there is a new youth club badge making exhibition running from 6th June 2015 until 28th August 2015; Take Part:;

12 noon – 6pm

Festival Village under Queen Elizabeth Hall


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Badge Making Parties

1 April 2015 9:53:46 AM AEDT

It's a very simple idea, they're making the best use of their badge machine and their love of craft and fabrics to run a business supplying creative and educational entertainment for...Read More
Posted in News By Joe

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It can sometimes be very difficult to correctly align a Circle cutter when cutting out your badge artwork, this is not an original idea of ours, this was suggested by one of our badge making friends. It's a simple matter of....Read More
Posted in News By Joe

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This has nothing to do with our company, but it seems Badges are still very popular as promotional items, in Australia In Dolly magazine, there are three badges being given away with the magazine only in those two supermarkets.

It's promoting a blue ray and DVD release, apparently on October 29, 2014. They are being offered as collectables and obviously will have great popularity with fans.

For our blog readers out there, it may be useful to grab a copy of the magazine with the badges.
If you are selling your completed badges for profit, waving the magazine with the badges in front of your prospective customer may be useful in closing the sale for a few hundred badges!

I'm thinking, for example, of new business which is opening up in your local town or suburb, perhaps a new restaurant or coffee shop? There are always retailers that are talking about their car park sale, or the biggest sale in the universe, or any other sale they can think of.
If you can talk to the manager of that store, and explain how badges will help promote the event, how wonderful it would be if you could get the business!

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Pin Badges at Comic-Con

17 September 2014 10:40:33 AM AEST

We are always interested in how people are selling their badges, here is an article (very brief) on Comic-Con badgesRead More
Posted in News By Paul

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Promote your products at a trade show using pin badges?

17 September 2014 10:23:22 AM AEST

I stumbled upon this recently. A simple use of pin badges at a trade show, simple and creative! http://deerdubois.blogspot.com.au/2012/01/my-new-badges-for-centurybox-have.htmlRead More
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Customer service expert says: ‘What a difference a name makes’ New research carried out in three countries has found that in garden retail businesses, something as simple as wearing a name badge can make a huge and immediate difference to customer satisfaction levels.Read More
Posted in News By Paul

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Eyelet Press now added to the Alond range

9 August 2014 11:21:11 AM AEST

After many requests, we have the NEW eyelet machine joining our "press range", these are veryRead More
Posted in News By paul denyer

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Julian Lennon says: "I think we all need Badge Makers, really", His

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How to sell your Badges at a fete or stall

1 June 2014 11:53:04 AM AEST

How to sell your badges at a market or fete or show

It's always a good idea to check the show or fete before you book a stall.

Are other products going to compliment.....

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Badge Making Fete results March 2014

26 March 2014 12:12:52 PM AEDT

Thanks so much to Alond for your wonderful support of the King David School fete. Each year weRead More
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Garment (sew-on) buttons

6 March 2014 12:22:43 PM AEDT

Real buttons (in the USA, they call badges buttons, so, we need to make the difference clear) which can be sewn onto garments or clothes, willRead More
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New compatible badge types added!

14 January 2014 2:48:46 PM AEDT

We are always receiving messages from badge makers wanting other brands of badge components. We can now happily tell them that we will be supplyingRead More
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NSW HealthCare Approved Vendor

13 December 2013 8:22:29 AM AEDT

Just a brief note, we are now an approved supplier to NSW health care organisations;

NSW HealthShare Vendor Number: 195391

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POLi added to payment types

30 October 2013 9:03:49 AM AEDT

We sometimes forget to transfer the money for purchases made on websites, this was to cure....Read More
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badge designing software

14 October 2013 11:20:34 AM AEDT

Laurie-Jean asked us about badge designing software. We have neverRead More
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Update to our Earring post

4 October 2013 10:00:00 AM AEST

To see the blog on fabric covered badges click here..Read More
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Badge making earrings

2 October 2013 1:01:29 PM AEST

Make your own Earrings? Easy....

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How old are badges?

11 September 2013 8:10:52 AM AEST

Filing date Mar 28, 1896 Inventors George B. AdamsRead More
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One School Supplier (Queensland, Australia)

16 July 2013 3:05:12 PM AEST

We are now a Queensland State Government One School Supplier, supplier code: S00039188

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Badge Making Stall - Full report

2 May 2013 10:00:00 AM AEST

March 17th 2013 Melbourne - our school fete day and the skies are dark and rain is drizzling down. Thank goodness for our great indoor craft activities - especially Badge Making sponsored by Alond. Kids of allRead More
Posted in News By Rachel

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Ok, this is a little tongue-in-cheek, but it will certainly help you track down why you sometimes get "bad" badges;

In no particular order;

  • Make sure the paper is smaller (or bigger) than the Mylar, that will help make
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Why should I cover my badge machine?

19 March 2013 10:50:02 PM AEDT

It's always good practice to cover your machine after use, but it's not just to keep things tidy!

The two main reasons are

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Posted in News By Paul

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organised badge making

20 February 2013 2:31:48 AM AEDT

Making a few badges is very simple, however making a lot of badges takes a little bit of organisation. The most simple thingRead More
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Rust on your badge?

24 January 2013 8:03:48 PM AEDT

Rust, the story we need to tell...Read More
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beer bottle top badges

17 January 2013 10:41:16 AM AEDT

A brief blog today covering a "non-standard" way of using your badge components to make "pin on" bottle top badges (buttons);

Bottle top pin badges

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Badge making stall at the fete

8 January 2013 10:01:44 AM AEDT

This is only a very general guideline to setting up your own stall for badge making, but this may help you with the basics and point out some pitfalls to avoid.....Read More
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Mylar wing or fold on one side?

2 January 2013 10:03:48 AM AEDT

This can sometimes be difficult to diagnose, perhaps your mylar is being squeezed out toRead More
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Making money with badge making

26 December 2012 1:03:21 AM AEDT

I was going to add this to the page on "badge making ideas" but I thought I would post here instead, as I am sure there will be many happy people travelling home and falling asleep on the train!

The idea is; make some of

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Badge Making, choosing the right cutting mat

18 December 2012 5:27:55 PM AEDT

The main question on cutting mats we seem to be asked is;

"Which is better, a self-healing cutting mat, or a glass mat"?

Our personal choice is forRead More

Posted in News By Joe

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Choosing a Badge Making Font

12 December 2012 2:47:13 AM AEDT

It's an interesting topic, choosing a font, we spend so much time thinking about the images involved we forget the font is IMPORTANT!

Most of us have a range of fonts on our computer (some of us hand-write our badges, that's good too!) but we need to think about WHAT we are saying and if people can read it!

We need to cover the basics, a font that is the correct size and design to be read at a distance, and a style that enhances what we are trying to communicate.

I won't recommend fonts, everyone has their own favourites and if you discuss this with any graphic designer, be prepared for a LONG chat.....

I would suggest that a font in keeping with your theme will be helpful, for example, if you are designing a badge to be worn by Tolkien (Lord of the Rings) fans, you might want a font that is "Elvish" inspired. I use this site (again, we have no association with this site) for some free fonts, here's a direct link http://www.dafont.com/theme.php?cat=705&text=Alond&fpp=50

Make the most of your designs but don't just look at the images :-)

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Badge Creation Speciality Papers in Australia

5 December 2012 2:47:13 AM AEDT

Speciality papers.

We at Alond have no association with http://paperpoint.com.au in Australia but we DO useRead More

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Badge Making Paper Printing Tips

28 November 2012 1:32:19 AM AEDT

general Badge Making Printing tips;

use paper made specifically for your printer.

When buying, read the package carefully and check your printer’s manual to make sure it's suitable.

Papers that can cause "challenges" include:

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Transparent Badge Making Paper

21 November 2012 1:32:19 AM AEDT

Paper isn’t just paper anymore!

Many companies now make a transparent “paper” that you can use in yourRead More

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Badge Business Cards

14 November 2012 2:47:13 AM AEDT

A simple tip today;

If you sell completed badges, use a badge as your business card, it sells you ANDRead More

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Fan your badge making Mylar

7 November 2012 2:47:26 AM AEDT

Fan your Mylar! A simple tip, but one that can be extremely useful to the new badge creator.

If you have struggled to pick up one single Mylar, this hint is for you!

Pick up the stack

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"Scrunched up" badge making Mylar?

31 October 2012 1:39:50 AM AEDT

One of the most perplexing problems that seem to occur for no reason, your badges are now (only occasionally) developing a “scrunched-up” side, to describe this another way, instead of the paper and Mylar wrapping neatly around the edge of the badge, the Mylar has been pinched out so it

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The "two-dome" jam problem

24 October 2012 1:39:50 AM AEDT

We will cover repairing your machine when you have accidentally tried to clamp two domes at once in a later post, but today we will discuss how to stopRead More
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"Own" your badges

17 October 2012 1:39:50 AM AEDT

Many of our users who sell their badge creations for profit neglect the simplest of advertising techniques, placing a small sRead More

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Paper Quality

10 October 2012 1:28:34 AM AEDT

Paper choice is VERY important in the perceived quality of your finished work.

I cannot stress enough, take theRead More

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Clamping your badge maker

3 October 2012 1:47:26 AM AEST

Clamping your Badge Machine

Your Badge machine is usually designed with a flat base to enable it's use on a flat surface, however you will usually get more satisfactory perfrormance by securing your badge maker to a solid surface.
There are many advantages, the main advantage being that the machine can be easily used one handed to do all the "lever pulling".
Most of us will hold on to part of the badge machine with one hand and use the other hand to "brace" the machine.

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Badge Making Design Tips

26 September 2012 12:39:50 AM AEST

There are a few things that you need to look at when designing a badge the following will helpRead More
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Fabric covered badges

19 September 2012 12:19:25 AM AEST

We have many customers that use our mirror back badges with fabric instead of the normal paper/Mylar combination.

We normally suggest a few tips to ensure the best results;

Make sure the fabric is not tooRead More

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Lubrication of your badge machine

12 September 2012 1:07:31 AM AEST

Badge machine designs vary, but essentially you need to lubricate all the "metal on metal" parts that slide or move against each other.

Example; where the handle pivots on the main body.

What lubricant to use? we recommend a 'standard' oil, something like sewing machine oil, it's mineral based and not too heavy.
Do not use a penertrating type fluid/lubricant like WD40, that product is good for many uses including the reason it was named "Water Displacement, 40th formula", but it tends to be too light and you need something that stays lubricating  for longer.

I would normally suggest a dab of oil about every 500 badges or once every 6 months if your machine is only used occasionally.

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Hello Badge Makers

6 September 2012 5:28:34 PM AEST

Welcome to the Badge Making Blog by Alond.
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