CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
One Package of 12 pieces Design-A-Button 2-1/2"-Clear Plastic
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- Includes 12 Buttons
- 2.5 Inch in Size
- Great project for lots of Kids
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With Darice's Design a Button, It's a snap to be original with this small design-a-button value pack! Simply pop apart the pieces, color the insert, and pop back into place to create your own personalized button. Finished buttons are 2.5 inches in diameter and have a traditional pin back. 12 pieces per package.
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-- Are they scratched up?
That depends upon how neurotic, picky, a-r, or whatever you are. These are made of fairly soft plastic, so if you hold them up so the sun glints on the surface, there are fine scratches. They aren't the sort of thing the average person would notice at 2 feet away, and they aren't the kind of scratches that I was expecting from reading some reviews, but they aren't glassy-clear either. If you are making buttons for a fun and/or casual event, or for kids, no problem. But if you are making something for The Wedding of Bridezilla, you might want to look elsewhere.
-- Do they come apart?
Only if you don't snap them together correctly. I pushed mine together at the bottom, then "pinched" up and around in both directions at the same time until I made a full circle. Then I tugged on the pin (while holding the edges of the front piece) to see if the were snapped together. They were, and they hold together just fine.
-- Can you insert a photo?
I did, and it worked very well. In fact, the photographic printer paper that I used is thick enough that it probably helps to hold the cover pieces snapped together.
-- What about using a circle cutter?
Even though these are 2 1/2 " buttons, if you get an EK Tools circle punch, get the one for 2 1/4" circles. That size fits into these shells with just a teeeeeeny bit of "play" around the edges. Again, if not having everything lined up to the width of a gnat's eyelash is going to drive you nuts, get a badge making machine. Otherwise, these are fine.
-- Any tips?
Why yes ... yes there is one. Once you have punched/cut out all your circles, make a small pencil "tick mark" on the back of each one to show where the top center is. That will help you line the things up when you put the backs onto them. Hold the front piece horizontally, center the image face down, and carefully place the back in position without sliding it around (it might offset the image). Then just pinch the halves together.
For cutting, I suggest using the button back for tracing around your image instead of the paper circle that comes in the button. The paper circle is too small, and your result will jiggle around in the button after snapping the back on. If you use the button back for tracing, the result will just fit, with perhaps a bit of pushing and crimping the edge, and it will stay put in the button.
I also suggest a bit of glue to hold the back in place. Normal school glue works fine, and you don't need much.
I've uploaded a photo of a button I created, front and back, with a quarter for scale. This is larger than the typical button you might buy in a souvenir shop, so you can put a decent sized image in it.
Here's the instructions of how to use the buttons:
"1) Simply press down on button top while rotating button, until the top and bottom separate.
2) Cut out photo/insert and place between the front and back button pieces.
3) Press edges of button top and bottom together firmly until they snap into place"
That's it. They are easy to open but they close tight enough to keep from falling apart while being worn. The plastic surfaces are very scratched up. The pin is good quality and DOES have a point, but it's be hard to accidentally get hurt from it (basically, adult supervision is needed for smaller children). For a craft project or something like free school "campaign" buttons, they're great. Because of the overall appearance, they wouldn't be good for something where the presentation needs to be professional quality.
If you are making these and wearing them for a short period of time it's no problem, but they don't stand up well for regular wear on a backpack or somewhere you want to show it off long term unless you hack the pin. I tried reshaping it with pliers and that helped. Next I will either create my own closure caps that keep the button from being able to open at all or ripping off the garbage pin on these altogether and replacing it with a more functional fashion brooch style bar pin with the little flip down latch.
This product could be improved infinitely with a better quality pin back. Though I -am- glad I was able to make buttons at the last minute and on a budget, the miserable pin backs on these are managing to make me question if it was worth it after all.