Are you new to the magnet-making world? Check out this video to learn how to create magnets using our equipment.
Here is what you need for a complete setup:
Create a file with the final graphic. We provide pre-built templates with every purchase of our equipment.
Depending on the size and shape of your equipment, you can fit from 2-3 to 20-30 magnets on letter-size paper.
Remember that the bigger the size of the final product, the fewer images will fit on one page.
We recommend a laser or ink printer. Which one to choose?
- Superior in printing crisp, clean images with great color intensity.
- Print is not affected by moisture, unlike inkjet prints.
- Faster printing speed and more economical cost per page.
- Toner (dry powder) doesn't require drying time; allows immediate use of prints for button making.
- Toner cartridges do not dry out like inkjet cartridges, ensuring freshness.
- Prints can cause mylar slippage, particularly with full-bleed designs, leading to improper crimping of buttons.
- Toner contains wax, which can unpredictably cause button-making issues.
- Higher initial investment compared to inkjet printers.
- Replacement toner cartridges are typically more expensive than inkjet cartridges.
- Lower initial investment cost.
- Paper choice greatly influences the brilliance of colors; best results with bright white paper.
- Ink supply programs from major manufacturers make refills easy and economical.
- Smaller and less cumbersome, with some models designed for portability.
- Suitable for on-location events due to their size and portability.
- Liquid ink requires time to dry, potentially up to 24 hours, to avoid rust in buttons.
- Slower printing speed compared to laser printers.
- Ink cartridges need to be replaced more frequently than toner cartridges in laser printers.
The choice between a laser printer and an inkjet printer for button making depends on individual needs and priorities. Budget constraints and the desire for portability might lean towards an inkjet printer, while a focus on quality and volume of production might favor a laser printer. Ultimately, creativity and originality in button design are paramount, and the printer is a tool to realize these designs.
- Avoid using too light (e.g., 20lb) or too thick paper to prevent issues with crimping or machine jamming.
- The ideal paper weight varies based on the button size and machine type.
- Standard machines: Optimal thickness is 0.005 - 0.006 inches with a weight of 24 lbs.
- Rectangle machines: Standard copier paper (0.005 inches, 24 lb) for paper machine and photo paper (0.009 inches, 58 lb) for photo machine.
- Specialty shapes: Standard copier paper is generally suitable.
- All machines (except 2 x 3 photo) can accommodate as light as 20 lb paper, but print quality may diminish.
- For white paper, a brightness level of 100 is recommended for a pure white background and vivid prints.
- Terms like "super white" and "ultra bright" indicate high-quality brightness.
- When using colored paper, account for the ink's color change on the paper; darker papers will result in darker prints.
- There's a wide variety of media that can be used for button making, and what works for one person may not work for another.
- Following these guidelines should lead to successfully pressing high-quality buttons.
- The most popular paper in the magnet making community is Epson Presentation Paper.
You need a graphic cutter and a press machine to create a photo magnet. We sell magnet-making kits that include everything you need to get started.
To create a complete magnet, you will need the following:
- Metal shell
- Clear mylar
- Plastic back
Our complete sets of supplies include 1000 of each, allowing you to create 1000 magnets.