Last night, I put all of my button-making stuff out on our living room floor, ready to make as many as I could during our favorite television night of the week (because of The Voice and Smash, if you're curious!). I printed out the button templates with my designs on them, cut them into strips, and fed them through the circle cutter which you can see at the top and slightly to the left in the picture above. Once all of the circles were cut out, I moved to the button machine itself, which looks like this:
It's a little oily and dusty because it's been loved considerably. First, the button machine has to be loaded, with the front metal piece, the cut-out paper design, and a little mylar circle to seal it in on the left side. The right side gets just one piece, which is the back piece with the safety pin attached! Next, the platform that those two sections sit on has to rotate clockwise (with a little push from me). Then, I pull the red handle once, spin the platform counter-clockwise, and pull the red handle down again.
With a good amount of practice, this can go pretty quickly. It's a good activity to keep me busy while I'm watching television because it doesn't require too much concentration. Of course, it looked like so much fun that my cats were more than willing to join in and help.
Lastly, these are the buttons I've been making to sell on tour this summer! I designed them in Adobe Illustrator and they're some of my favorites I've ever made. They're also available on my online merch store at LaurenFairweather.Storenvy.com if you'd like to buy the set right now.