Small Buttons and Pins
Where to buy the equipment. How to make your own.


Make your own buttons.
This research is focused around small buttons, the size of 1.25". The best option is to buy your own button maker and produce your own buttons. You would print them out on your inkjet or laser printer on normal paper. Then insert the paper into the metal button thing and whamm-o, a button. The intial cost of a button maker for 1.25" buttons is about $50 from Badge-A-Minit. Other companies also produce button makers, but they run about $300 and up for more fancy equipment. So i recommend buying the button maker from Badge-A-Minit and any extra buttons from another company.

Company 100 500
Badge A Minit
The most famous maker of button equipment. Unfortunately, they put their own logo and 1-800 number on the backs of all their buttons
0.17 0.13
U.S.A. Buttons
-- 0.06
Tecre, Inc.
-- 0.06
Badge Parts Inc.
The java applet on their site is extremely slow and may crash your browser.
-- 0.06

Comparison of these four companies
On teacher.net, there is an intersting and candid conversation with people's experience with these companies.


1 1/4" Starter Kit
from Badge-A-Minit



Button Printers
I think most of these are pretty much like the stuff that you would get if you bought your own equipment. I recommend buying your own equipment.
Keep in mind, that some companies charge a set-up fee.

1.25" celluoid buttons*
Company Name 100** 500**
Button Beaver 0.30 0.25
Rivertown Button and Ribbon 0.68 0.30
WaDaYaNeed? 0.82 0.28
Ace Key Chains And Button Company 0.86 0.28
Aaron Lapel Pins and Button Company 0.86 0.28
Pin Promotions 0.86 0.28
1-800-MyButtons.Com 0.88 0.33
For-Most Specialties 1.15 0.32
StudentSupply.com -- --
Billy Buttons --*** --***

* Most of these companies also sell other sizes for different prices. Some companies charge a large set-up fee, while some set-up fees are free.
** This is just a sample range of quanities, most companies many more options.
*** This company doesn't sell 1.25" buttons.


Metal Lapel Pin Printers
These are fancypants pins that you can't make on your own. Also, that's why they are more pricey.

1/2" photo etch metal lapel pin*
Company Name 100** 500**
Pins Plus
0.58 0.52
Lapel Pins and More
0.95 0.58
Esses Distributing Company
1.46 0.64
Pin Promotions
2.26 1.41
The Lapel Pin and Button Company, Inc.
2.29 1.44
B.E.I. Promotions
3.09 1.34
Daisy Crafts Co.
--*** 0.41
* Most of these companies also sell other sizes for different prices. And there are many other types of lapel pins. Some companies charge a large set-up fee, while some set-up fees are free.
** This is just a sample range of quanities, most companies many more options.
*** This company doesn't sell in the 100 quantity range.
 

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