Pet Buttons

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Petey is a good old dog. He lives with Joe in Boardman, Ohio. We were duplex neighbors when we all lived in Struthers. Joe granted permission for Petey to model “Fun Size” Pet Buttons so you can see that pets are great subjects for photo buttons.

“Fun Size” buttons are 1.25″ dia. Back options include pins, fridge magnets, and flat back tokens. The metal back on tokens is steel color. In the photo, it looks black… I did not want to photo-shop the buttons, but I did white-wash the background and added text.

Tokens are made to be glued onto things. They’re great for craft projects, greeting cards, all sorts of things. For the samples, I used hot glue to attach a token to a badge reel and double-sticky foam tape to make a planter stick. The two unattached to anything have strong ceramic magnets hidden inside.

Something else I like about tokens… I can hide things inside. Of course, the contents must be added while the button is in the press and the only way to get it back out again is to destroy the button. There is enough space inside for a little note, a lucky coin, or whatever is small enough to fit in there.

The larger 2.25″ buttons can also make nice pet photo buttons. Text is optional.

Thanks for reading!

I think I can post this now as Joe should have received his package in the mail today.

I did not tell him about the token buttons. I also remodeled his badge reel sample, replaced the plastic strap with a detachable mini key ring, as the badge reels purchased online failed my quality control testing. I was thinking of offering badge reels as a product option, but some of those straps only have about a one snap life. So, I just sell the tokens and people can glue them onto whatever they want.

Along with the pet button samples, Joe also got a surprise button because he found one of the misspelled words in Youngstown and commented about it on my Facebook page.

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Copy Rights & Wrong

Straight up, I cannot make buttons with images “found” on the internet.

This is not Halloween. People act like photos, illustrations, clipart, and other images posted on the internet are up there like a bowl of trick or treat candy set out for anyone to take whatever they want. Surely, it must be okay if you can right click and save?

No… it is NOT okay.

There is a little thing called “intellectual property rights” which simply means that ALL images are copyrighted, someone OWNS it, even if they do not have a little © symbol or words scrawled across, up the side, or under it.  The OWNER has the “right” to decide IF and/or HOW their “intellectual property” is used. That is where it gets complicated, as there are a lot of variations in permissions and restrictions. Even those who give (or sell) permission for “commercial use” can limit what kind of products their image will go on and how many times it can be used.

If you are not familiar with any of this, visit CLIPARTLORD and read some of the little paragraphs under images of “free” images as that site is very good at citing permissions.

Yes, I use some of their clip art for button designs. I also purchased a CD set from Nova Development with 500,000 images and I do look for images on the internet… but it is important to carefully read the fine print in use agreements. There are some image services that allow permission to use for only as long as you pay monthly fees to subscribe to their service, some that restrict how products with their images are electronically displayed, and even “button design” CD’s out there that are sold by button parts suppliers for “personal use only” which seems odd, but makes sense. (That’s like saying it is okay to use their political button template design to make your own buttons if you yourself are running for an office, but not okay to make buttons for someone else.) Like I said before, it gets complicated.

Bottom line: without the proper use permissions, I cannot make buttons with images owned by other people. Even that cute flower photo your sister snapped while gardening and posted on social media will require her permission to use.

That also means no Disney, no NFL emblems, no beer logos, no celebrity photos, and all the other obvious and not so obvious images out there… use permissions are required.

I have “lost” orders because I flat out refused to make buttons with stolen images. That’s like OH WELL, they can find someone else to make them… and speaking of other button makers, please do not ask me to make a button exactly like someone else does! If you like their button design so much, go buy it from them!

I am seriously thinking about focusing my little business on retail designs instead of custom buttons so I won’t have to deal with such nonsense. I will still make custom buttons, but my end all goal will not be focused on landing custom orders.

Sometimes, it makes me feel like this:

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Art Mirrors & Magnets

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I have been playing with some of my original art designs, adjusting the lighting on scanned images and creating pdf sheets for the printer so I can make 2.25″ pocket mirrors and fridge magnets that feature professionally printed images from some of my colored pencil drawings. Here are the first twelve.

Thanks for looking!