Instructions for a Badge Maker

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Instructions for a Badge Maker
Badge makers communicate simple messages nonverbally. (sign image by Antons Trifonovs from

Badges are good communication tools. Without speaking a word, you can state an idea silently while wearing a badge. Badge makers are sold by various companies but they all work in the same manner. There is a die table that holds a specific cut print in place while a handle compresses the components together to assemble the badge. As an example, this "how-to" uses the Badgemaker 7 to explain the basic steps of badge making.

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Things you need

  • G clamp
  • Metal top
  • Print
  • Graphics punch
  • Plastic film
  • Plastic backed pin

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  1. 1

    Secure the Badgemaker securely to the table top with a G clamp.

  2. 2

    Put metal top in the circular slot provided for it, rim down.

  3. 3

    Cut out the print that you want in your finished badge using a rotary cutter. Place it printed side up in the Badgemaker.

  4. 4

    Cover with a plastic film.

  5. 5

    Make certain the top die lever, facing you, is pushed completely to the right.

  6. 6

    Pull the Badgemaker handle down toward you. Be firm. This completes the first stage of the badge making.

  7. 7

    Remove the die and turn it over. Place the plastic backed pin, zigzag side showing, into the recess of the die.

  8. 8

    Put the die back under the machine and move the top die lever, facing you, to the left.

  9. 9

    Pull handle toward you. Be firm, then take the die from machine and remove the finished badge.

Tips and warnings

  • Keep machine clean.
  • Use only a small amount of grease to lubricate the roller on the handle base.
  • An adjustable rotary cutter may also be used to cut your badge prints.

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