New Zipper Pulls

Supplies have arrived, so I’ve updated the back options in my store to include zipper pulls for 1.25″ buttons. Now I’m working on illusion photos so you can see what the designs will look like on zipper pulls.

Illusion photos are not actual photographs… the image is created by dropping the button design behind a “digital photo template” on the computer, then exporting the image as a png or jpg photo file. It is a great way to see what a button will look like without wasting supplies and it also eliminates light issues that I have while trying to snap clear photos of small objects with shiny surfaces.

I don’t have a display template for zipper pulls… a quick search on Etsy found one for 1″ zipper pulls (link here) but, not in 1.25″ so I made my own clip art by snapping a real photo and removing the background, &c. It’s not the best… but it does give folks an idea of what the button will look like as a zipper pull.

Here’s what it looks with some of my designs:

I added the URL note because I’m thinking about using that photo to promote my business.

BTW, notice how the blue “Christian” and “#resist” printed darker than my original design? (If you want to compare, I posted an illusion photo in my Breaking Silence post.) Yeah, that’s one of those surprise color shifts that can happen when you design in GIMP, which uses an RGB color system, and print on high end machines that use CYMK color technology. Some surprises are cool as can be… like when a gold color displays yellowish on the computer and prints shiny gold… but some send me back to the drawing board. I should pick a different blue, but leaving it dark gives a dual meaning since there are people so brainwashed by the Religious Right that they cannot see or believe Christians can be liberals or Democrats.

Well, I best end this before I go rambling off on another soap box… thanks for reading!


Promo: Bratton Fashion

NOTE: Brattons Fashion is now Bratton Fashion… see UPDATE below.

I took a break from uploading new button designs to my online store to make some 1.25″ promo magnets for my daughter’s new business, Brattons Affordable Fashions, LLC.

Creating her logo, then modifying it for the button design was fun… she wanted a pair of curvy ladies, so I drew the silhouettes in InkScape. We also made little flyers that she can pass out locally with her business cards.


Odds are, her business cards and flyers will get tossed… but, most folks tend to keep a free magnet that is strong enough to hold a few papers on a fridge or metal file cabinet so it is a good idea to put a URL where your potential customers will see it every day.

I made her buttons as fridge magnets with thick, black rubber magnets inserted into the back. I also make office magnets, which have strong ceramic magnets hidden inside so the back is metal. Those are nice for dry erase magnet boards, too.

Here you can see the difference between the backs:

YBWorks 1.25

1.25″ FUN SIZE BACK OPTIONS: pins, craft tokens or office magnets, and fridge magnets

If you would like promo magnets made for your business, please let me know.

Thank you!

UPDATE:  due to security issues and shopping cart limitations encountered while trying to launch her business, my daughter moved her online clothing store to a new website host and obtained her own URL of (with no S after Bratton) that she can point directly to her new website without having to bounce through her old host… she’s learning. She is also expanding her business model to include business attire and a men’s line. I updated the title of this post here, per her request, as this blog post shows up in google searches and it looks like her logo and button designs need updated, too.

ART: One Cat Pass

One Cat Pass

My latest drawing… just finished it on Friday night. “One Cat Pass” is a representational abstract about my dead cat, Mr. Marsberry, passing through a cat shaped gate. Bit odd, yes… but it still feels odd that he’s not here anymore. The blue balloon wasn’t planned, wasn’t sure what would go there, was thinking maybe an eye but the balloon seems to fit.

Yes, I will post this drawing on my other blog since I already posted a photo of it there when it was ye maybe a third done… but since THIS blog is being revised to include my art, I need to start posting my art here. I did start some gallery pages by sizes under the “Art, &c.” page. In time, everything should all come together.

“One Cat Pass” was drawn with Faber-Castell Polychromos (oil based colored pencils) on 140 lb. Canson paper, 9 x 12 inches. Thanks for looking!