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"Making professional quality 1-1/4" buttons just couldn't get any easier!"
The Mini-Magic is a manually operated 1-1/4 inch button machine. Made of solid-steel, it can produce up to 5 professional quality buttons in a single minute.
a Mini-Magic button machine, or 1-1/4" button-making supplies or accessories for the Mini-Magic.
Is 1-1/4" the right size button for your needs? Click here to download a button-size comparison chart.
Proudly Made in the U.S.A. All of our button machines, circle cutters and button-making supplies are proudly produced in the USA
Making buttons with the Mini-Magic 1-1/4" button machine If you've ever tried making buttons with any of the inexpensive Badge-A-Minit button machines, you're going to be in for a very pleasant surprise the first time you use the Mini-Magic.
That's because the Mini-Magic is fast, easy to use, and makes professional quality 1-1/4" buttons!
To make a button with the Mini-Magic button machine, simply place your artwork and button supplies into the machine, pull the handle down twice, and in a matter of seconds your perfectly formed button is made!
watch 6 year old Benjamin Singel make a button with our Model 225.
One of the features customers like about our Mini-Magic 1-1/4", compared with our Model 100 1-inch, is that the pin is already inserted into the button back. So you don't have to take time inserting the pins after the button is made. This can be a real time saver.
Make buttons anytime / anywhere Since it doesn't require electricity and is small enough to fit into a back pack, you can take your Mini-Magic with you and make buttons anywhere you happen to be.
Rugged dependability Unlike the inexpensive Badge-A-Minit button machines that are made of plastic (or a plastic-like compound), the Mini-Magic is made of solid-steel. And while it's obvious that steel is a more durable material than plastic, button machines with steel dies also make better buttons, since the machine has to bend and form the parts that are themselves made of steel.
How buttons are made Let's take a look and see what actually takes place when a button is made.
To begin with, the button design and mylar covering are pulled taut over the face of the button and the excess artwork and mylar are tucked up underneath the front of the button, in much the same way your sheets are tucked up under the mattress when you make a bed. The back of the button is then pressed into the front and the edge of the button is crimped. It is this crimping process that holds the button together.
Why steel is better than plastic
When you push down the handle of your button machine, mechanical energy travels from the muscles in your arm, into the button machine. This mechanical energy provides the force that crimps the edge of the button. The Mini-Magic machine, which is made of solid steel, facilitates the transfer of mechanical energy more efficiently than button machines that are made of plastic or aluminum. And that's why carpenters use hammers that are made of steel... not plastic or aluminum.
Buttons made with the Mini-Magic will have smooth, tightly crimped edges. They won't exhibit the "poor quality issues" that are common to buttons that are made with plastic button machines; issues like paper and plastic sticking out the sides of the button, buttons that have rough or serrated edges, or buttons that fall apart after being made because the edges weren't tightly crimped.
Creating Artwork for Your Buttons
Online Button Design Studio
Now you can easily create the designs for all your buttons,
using nothing more than your Internet browser!
If you don't yet own a graphics program to design your buttons, or if you struggle to use one you already have, you are definitely going to want to look into the Online Button Design Studio.
Unlike traditional software that is loaded onto a single computer, you access the Online Button Design Studio over the Internet, using your Internet browser. This means you can design your buttons at home, at work, anywhere you have an Internet connection.
The Online Button Design Studio is made up of three powerful design modules; the "Curved Text Studio", "Photo Button Studio" and "CD Template Studio" which make it easy to create just about any kind of button you can possibly imagine.
And all three modules give you the feature every button-maker wants and needs; the ability to create curved text!
But that's not all!
The Online Button Design Studio also gives you the ability to change typestyles, change the color of your text, and if you like, give your text a glow.
You can make your text larger, or smaller and increase or decrease the spacing between your letters.
You can create and delete text fields with the click of a button and save your designs to work on or print at a later time.
You can upload photos to make your own photo buttons, or upload templates from any of our Button Design CDs and add your own text before sending them to print.
After you've finished creating your design, you can select which size button you are going to make and the Online Buton Design Studio will take your design, properly size it and add a cut line. It will then fit as many designs as possible on the page and save it as a .pdf file that you can easily print using Adobe Reader (a free program) or any program that can open and print .pdf files.
And with all its many advanced design features, the Online Button Design Studio is still incredibly easy to use!
But you don't have to believe me, because we created a Demo version of the Online Button Design Studio that allows you test all it's powerful features and see for yourself.
To try the DEMO version of the Online Button Design Studio, click here.
The Online Button Design Studio produces designs for all of the following button sizes: 7/8", 1", 1-1/4", 1-1/2", 1-3/4", 2", 2-1/4", 3", 3-1/2", 6" as well as Badge-A-Minit size 2-1/4" and 3" buttons.
The Online Button Design Studio is compatible with both Windows and Mac and simply requires you to have the Flash 10 browser plug-in, a free download from Adobe.
One year of Unlimited Access to the Online Button Design Studio is only $99.95!!
You can easily make great-looking buttons with our series of Button Design CDs
Disc 1 CD
Disc 2 CD
Button Backgrounds CD
Click on any CD to order or learn more about that particular CD.
Since cutting artwork is an important part of the button-making process, a discussion about the job a circle cutter does will help you better understand the process of how buttons are made and help you choose the cutter that is best suited to your needs.
For most customers, I recommend the AC-1. It's less expensive and can do things the punch cutter cannot.
The AC-1 does its cutting by means of a rotary blade that is safely housed inside the body of the cutter, so it can't cut anything you don't intend to cut. The blade sits at the end of a cutting arm that is fully adjustable. It is this feature that allows the AC-1 to make the cuts for buttons as small as 1-inch, as large as 3-1/2 inches, and any size in between.
To cut button designs with the AC-1 you simply place the metal cutting plate (that comes with the AC-1) on a table and place your printed artwork on top of the cutting plate. Position the AC-1 over your artwork and center it. Then push down and turn the handle to cut your artwork into a perfect circle.
The AC-1's rotary blade will stay sharp far longer than straight-edged cutting blades (such as those used in Badge-A-Minit's circle cutters). This will not only give you better cuts, it will allow you to cut thousands of designs before you will need to replace the cutting blade.
It is possible to re-sharpen the AC-1's cutting blade, if you wish. To re-sharpen it, simply remove the blade from its adjustment arm (it's held in place with a "C-clip") and run the edge of the blade over a whetstone, just as if you were sharpening a knife.
For customers who prefer not to resharpen their blades, replacement blades are only $6.99 each.
30-Day Money-back Guarantee You can try the Mini-Magic for a full 30-days without risk or obligation. Then, if for any reason you aren't completely satisfied, simply return it for a full and immediate refund (less shipping).
If you purchase a Badge-A-Minit machine and decide to return it, they will charge you a 10% restocking fee. At Dr. Don's Buttons, we don't charge restocking fees... and we don't need to, because customers who try our button machines seldom ever return them!
And hopefully this will lead you to wonder... if Badge-A-Minit's button machines are so good, why do they charge restocking fees when we don't?
The "Mini-Magic"1-1/4" button-making kit
includes the following:
"Mini-Magic" 1-1/4" button press
AC-1 circle cutter... fully adjustable circle cutter makes cutting artwork for your buttons a snap!