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Instructions for a Badge Maker

Updated April 17, 2017

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

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

  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. Cover with a plastic film.

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

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

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

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

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

  10. Tip

    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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Things You'll Need

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

About the Author

Patti Perry

Patti Perry is currently attending West Virginia University and expanding her knowledge base. She has worked as a freelance visual artist for 30 years, with specialties in watercolor and scherenschnitte. Originality of creation is her motivation and she continues to pursue this avenue in her writing. Perry is currently contributing articles to eHow.

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