Reviews on Mophorn Button Maker – The Gadgeteer
EXAM – As the mom of a band, I am called upon to do many things, but probably the most important is to help raise funds for the marching band. Before the pandemic, some of the moms in the group came up with the idea of making buttons to sell, but none of us had experience making buttons. I thought trying out the Mophorn Button Maker would be a perfect opportunity to experiment with this craft and see if it’s something we can use as a fundraiser for next year.
What is that?
The Mophorn Button Maker is a button maker with supplies to make 500 buttons 25mm (about one inch) in diameter.
What’s the box?
- The Mophorn Button Maker in a few parts
- Some allen keys help to assemble it
- Some instructions
- Pin Button Parts (blanks, plastic circles and pin backs)
- A circle cutter with several spare blades
So easy. The box is well packaged, but the machine is cast iron and stainless steel and could survive being dropped from a very tall building. Basically all you have to do is bolt the press to the base with a few supplied bolts and screw in the handle. Then you slip on the molds that hold the parts of the button while you make them. I looked at the instructions but didn’t need them – there’s pretty much only one way to get this thing to work.
It turns out that the hardest part of creating buttons is designing them. The learning curve is not that high. The instructions gave clear measurements on the size of your design, the size of the overlap (to wrap around the button) needed, and the cutout size of your design. This button maker makes buttons just under an inch wide, so you don’t have a lot of room to work with. I tried to make one with a print that says “What is the football team doing on the band field?” and I designed it in MS Word and then printed it on photo paper to make the design crisp and clear. It looked cute, but the print is hard to read because it’s so small. I also did a few drawings of musical instruments only, and these looked better. I did a few more with fewer words and these seemed large enough to read. My advice is to carefully choose the button size you think you need, as most are not interchangeable. If I wanted to make buttons an inch and a half in diameter, I would have to buy a brand new machine.
Also, I used MS Word just because it was easy for me, but I imagine you could create great designs in other apps like Canva or Photoshop. I would also search the web for button patterns, as I have found sites with great tips and downloads to get you started with whatever size machine you are using.
After printing your design, you need to cut it out. I used the included circle cutter and my own cutting board. If you don’t have a cutting board I recommend using a layer of cardboard or something to protect your work surface as the circle cutter is quite sharp. It’s adjustable, so I just adjusted it according to the model in the instructions. I only made a few knobs to keep my circle cutter super sharp, but they include a few extra blades, so I imagine you could work with it for a long time before you had to buy a new one.
Once you have cut out your image, place the shiny metal circle part on the left die, your cut out image on top and the clear plastic circle covering it on top. Then you press the button maker and it crimps it and lifts it into the upper chamber. It doesn’t take much force – the Mophorn Button Maker does all the work. Then you slide the mold to the left and place the pin back into the right die, press it down again, and presto! You have a button!
It’s a super easy process and if I end up becoming the button maker for the marching band, I plan on making some more fancy designs and cutting them out on my Cricut. I found them to be manually cut a bit tedious and easy to screw up as you have to make sure the circle cutter is centered on the drawing. The Cricut also allowed me to do the drawings very quickly. The button-making literature stated that the Mophorn Button Maker could make 200-300 buttons per hour, which may be true if you already have them all cut out and ready to go into the machine. I can’t imagine how long it would take to cut that many manually.
I really like how they included so many supplies with the machine. If we decide to make buttons as a fundraiser, we may want to buy materials to also make bottle openers, key rings and magnets with the machine, but we will be ready to make buttons at pin for a long time.
What I liked
- The fact that they thought of everything and included it in the package
- Clear design instructions
- Utilisation facility.
What I would change
- I can’t think of anything. It’s a great machine!
Overall, I was happy with how my buttons turned out and how easy the Mophorn Button Maker was to use. The instructions were excellent and the finished product looks professional!
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Source: The sample for this review was provided by Mophorn