Badge making machine

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Badge making machine

Post by indiehorse » Mon Jan 11, 2010 8:42 pm

Dear Anorak,

I am considering investing in a badge making machine.
Would anyone recommend a particular make/model?

(Apologies if there's some existing badge making thread where this should be.)

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Re: Badge making machine

Post by SophieC » Mon Jan 11, 2010 9:17 pm

anarchy library owns the means of production viz badges, which you're more than welcome to have ago on for cheap.

i did some research into which one to buy and think this one was the one we ended up buying. seems to work pretty sweet.

http://www.buttons.co.uk/index.php?pg=3&m=1
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Re: Badge making machine

Post by indiehorse » Mon Jan 11, 2010 9:49 pm

JamieC wrote:anarchy library owns the means of production viz badges, which you're more than welcome to have ago on for cheap.
Thanks. But I really fancy owning my own machine. I hope that's not very bourgeois of me.
JamieC wrote:i did some research into which one to buy and think this one was the one we ended up buying. seems to work pretty sweet.

http://www.buttons.co.uk/index.php?pg=3&m=1
Yeah, I saw this one and like the look of it.

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Re: Badge making machine

Post by a layer of chips » Tue Jan 12, 2010 7:31 am

Hasn't Jaynie got one, James? You could steal it.

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Post by soft revolution » Tue Jan 12, 2010 9:27 am

I borrowed one of these for ages a few years ago - http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/25mm-1-Badge-Make ... 3a5672083e

It made a really satisfying k'dunk, but you can probably get cheaper ones.
And by me, I mean, Flexo.

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Re: Badge making machine

Post by indiehorse » Tue Jan 12, 2010 9:54 am

a layer of chips wrote:Hasn't Jaynie got one, James? You could steal it.
I don't think so. I believe she's used Chickenskin's in the past.

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Re: Badge making machine

Post by caramarydaisy » Tue Jan 12, 2010 12:39 pm

i keep reading this thread as bread making machine..
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Re: Badge making machine

Post by indiehorse » Tue Jan 12, 2010 1:32 pm

caramarydaisy wrote:i keep reading this thread as bread making machine..
I would quite like to get a bread making machine as well. I bought one once, but it broke half way through the first loaf, so I took it back and didn't replace it.

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Re: Badge making machine

Post by caramarydaisy » Tue Jan 12, 2010 1:39 pm

indiehorse wrote:
caramarydaisy wrote:i keep reading this thread as bread making machine..
I would quite like to get a bread making machine as well. I bought one once, but it broke half way through the first loaf, so I took it back and didn't replace it.
you should definitely get one. i love mine. endless loaves of herby tomato bread!
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Re: Badge making machine

Post by everard » Wed Jan 13, 2010 9:48 am

i have a badge a minit machine & think it's great. the one problem is that because they're a us company you have to order badge parts from there too. i decided in 2004 to buy far more parts than i needed so as to never need to restock. at the time i was making a lot for a club night i was doing but as it stands i could make a new badge every day for the next ten years before running out.

mine is a bench press system that does 1.25" badges (& can also handle 2.25" but i've only ever made one & think it's an ugly size). surprised to see they're $200 new, think i paid about $60 on ebay.

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if you're planning on making lots of badges, or even just more than ten at a time, i'd strongly advise not getting a hand-held badge maker. it really helps being able to press down on a desk or table.

i way prefer 1.25" over 1" because (a) the design's considerably larger; (b) the fasteners on the 1.25"s are much sturdier, you don't lose the frontpiece + end up with just a round pin attached to your clothes; & (c) i always feel the 1"s look strange on a broad frame.

a tip is to print designs on a laser printer, rather than an inkjet, as they're less likely to run when the badges get rained on or accidentally washed. if you don't have a laser printer, a photocopier would work too.

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Re: Badge making machine

Post by Thee SPC » Thu Jan 28, 2010 3:51 pm

I've got an Enterprise Products pigmy for making 25mm badges. Had it ages & it's really robust. I've made thousands upo thousands of badges with it.

Enterprise Products are really helpful and supply parts too.

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Re: Badge making machine

Post by indiehorse » Thu Jan 28, 2010 8:49 pm

Oh yeah, I forgot to update people on this. I bought my badge machine. An Enterprise Micro. It's superb. I don't actually know what I want to make badges of.

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Re: Badge making machine

Post by shadyadie » Mon Aug 22, 2011 4:21 pm

Hi old thread! New owner of the Enterprise 'Micro' here! It's ace!

I wondered if anyone had advice on the best paper to use. I'm only going to be doing the 25mm badges, so not sure if that makes a difference. I switched from 80gsm (shit) paper to 100gsm (much nicer, the difference is huge) but wondering if I should move up a notch further or use a different type of paper entirely. I'm using a b&w laser printer at home.

Also if anyone has any tips for reasonably priced colour printing in London I'd like to hear it as don't fancy splashing out for a colour laser just yet.
I'm not going to be making bulk badges; just a few to sell through a website, maybe through eBay, and make for chums etc, so am not after bulk printing.

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Re: Badge making machine

Post by roundbitsofplastic » Mon Jan 16, 2012 11:41 am

soft revolution wrote:I borrowed one of these for ages a few years ago - http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/25mm-1-Badge-Make ... 3a5672083e

It made a really satisfying k'dunk, but you can probably get cheaper ones.

Did you borrow one from The Doc? I'm trying to borrow one for *something*.
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