The Life of a Button

Since I’m making so many buttons, I thought you all might like to see how a button is made. I am so lucky because the Craft Center at UC Davis, where I have volunteered and taught, has a button maker, and I get to use it anytime I want. I pay per button, so I can make as many different designs as I please!

Button making is fun! Every button is like a new little piece of artwork, framed and ready to go. This is even more true now that I’m making original drawing buttons, and every single design is different. So, here it goes—here is the life (or birth) of a button, and a sneak peek at a few designs that I will debut tomorrow as part of week two of my Quit Your Day Job Button Celebration:

Step 1: From brain to paper

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Step 2: Freeing the buttons from the paper with my friend the circle cutter—seriously, I wouldn’t be doing this if I had to use scissors!

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Step 3: Into the magic button machine in four layers—first goes the metal back of the button, then the metal button top, then my paper design, followed by a plastic circle to cover (sorry I forgot to take pictures of the pieces!)

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Step 4: The magic happens in a two part movement, pulling the lever down on two different settings. With a click and a clack the work is done in a flash! It is somewhat mysterious to me what is happening in the machine, but perhaps a little mystery is good?

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Step 5: Voila! A new piece of wearable art is ready to go out into the wide world!

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Stay tuned for a full new set of original buttons tomorrow!

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1 Response to “The Life of a Button”


  1. 1 Kerri August 8, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    I love your button designs! So beautiful, simple and restful.


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