Making your own flair - anyone ever done it? I'd like to try.

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Posted 11/16/2012 by scrapnjack in General Scrappin'
 

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Posted: 11/16/2012 1:31:17 AM
I've bought lots of flair both here and at my lss, but there are some designs I have in mind that I haven't found pre-made. I thought maybe I could try my hand at making some, but I don't know how to go about it.

Thoughts, ideas, advice? TIA.

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Posted: 11/16/2012 4:38:43 AM
To make real flair you need a button press machine. They are $200-300. You then also have to buy the parts, like the plastic covers and backs.

You can get 1" circle epoxy stickers and put them over 1" circles of paper for a kind of similar look, but I personally only use this for cards as the clear epoxy often yellows with time.

If you do decide to get a machine do some research. I have read in several places that the machines that do 1 1/4" or 7/8" actually use European measurements and the parts are more expensive and harder to come by, while the actual construction of the machine is not as good (Badge a Minit). Tecre and American Button Machines seem to have good reviews.
I do not have any of these machines and this is just based on my research online! You might be better off asking the person you buy flair from if you can send them a digital file or if they can do a design similar to what you are looking for.
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Posted: 11/16/2012 4:46:54 AM
I have the Epiphany punch and epoxy. I love it and they come out really nice.

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Posted: 11/16/2012 10:03:00 AM
I bought the Epiphany Crafts 1" epoxy pieces and used with my 1" circle punch and had EXCELLENT results! Even got them with a coupon, so that was a really thrifty way to make my own flair!

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Posted: 11/16/2012 10:37:07 AM
I haven't seen these before. They don't actually make flair though, right? They are essentially a punch that then adheres an epoxy sticker to the top, right? It is a great way to make sure everything lines up perfectly. Has anyone had issues with the epoxy yellowing over time?
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Posted: 11/16/2012 11:19:06 AM
Considering that the entire Epiphany display at my Archiver's was yellow the last time I looked, I wouldn't be interested. In fact, I've never known an epoxy anything that didn't yellow.
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Posted: 11/16/2012 11:39:30 AM
I was also thinking about making my own, but then did some investigating on Amazon for prices.

I decided that for those prices, while not "exactly" same thing I'd just coat my personalized "flair" by covering circles with glossy accents. It would still be shiny, round and somewhat dimensional.

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Posted: 11/16/2012 1:07:03 PM
I'd love to make my own one day, too, but it's so expensive! I've done some research and have it on my "someday when I'm wealthy" list, lol.

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Posted: 11/16/2012 1:11:19 PM
You wouldn't have quite the dimension, but what about laying an acetate circle over your punched item or using a dimensional glaze?

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Posted: 11/16/2012 1:43:51 PM

Considering that the entire Epiphany display at my Archiver's was yellow the last time I looked, I wouldn't be interested. In fact, I've never known an epoxy anything that didn't yellow.
Yep, that exactly. I cringe every time I see someone using them in their DD albums, it might look great now but it won't eventually.

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Posted: 11/16/2012 2:16:25 PM
I am so behind the times.....can I see what you guys are talking about.

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Posted: 11/16/2012 2:35:03 PM
Photobearsam,

Do you mean what "flair" is? Because I honestly had no idea what Peas were talking about until recently - to me, they were just small buttons much like the huge ones we'd wear on my winter jacket picturing my kids in their school-team sports gear! Those cheerleader buttons.



Here is some flair in the 2 Peas store today.

You can make your own, but you need to buy heavy duty machines, metal buttons and plastic covers to use in the machine.

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Posted: 11/16/2012 2:48:55 PM
VexedAngel - I am on my phone so I can't quote you, but that was my concern exactly. Ok for cards people will probably bin, I guess!
I would still love to do the real thing someday but I would have to make 600 fifty cent buttons to make it with it
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Posted: 11/16/2012 4:38:54 PM
So why are they called flair? Is it because the flair company used to carry them?

I had never heard them called flair before this thread, and some of the links showed some wonderful product!

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Posted: 11/16/2012 5:25:18 PM
Didn't flair come from the movie Office Space & Jennifer Aniston had to wear the flair on her shirt at the restaurant she worked at? I think that calling badges, "flair", caught on after that.

From Urban Dictionary: Flair-Buttons and other decorative accessories added to a work uniform, esp. at chain restaurants. Almost universally despised by restaurant workers and customers alike.

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Posted: 11/16/2012 6:53:25 PM
Yeah it comes from the little collectible pins. I had a bunch in the early 90s. There was a flair Facebook app that was big several years ago too. You could post and share and make digital flair.
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Posted: 11/16/2012 8:45:39 PM
Thanks for the info about the Epiphany system - I'll steer clear of that! I didn't realize the system for actually making the badges/flair was so expensive! But that makes sense, if you want nice looking product as the end result.

Does anyone have any links to projects where badges have been use using the glossy accents idea? I want to see how that looks.

Thanks Peas - I knew you ladies would have the answers!

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Posted: 11/16/2012 9:12:14 PM
I have two badge-a-mint machines and all the supplies to make the bigger buttonms. I should see how much it would cost to get the smaller "flair" size dies and parts.

Sylvia in MN

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Posted: 11/17/2012 10:40:44 AM
I have an epiphany tool but t doesn't fill my flair craving lol
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Posted: 11/17/2012 1:34:34 PM
Search EZ Pop button maker on amazon!
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Posted: 11/17/2012 4:07:55 PM
Does glossy accents turn yellow too after time?

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Posted: 11/17/2012 5:54:23 PM
All things age right? I love the Ephipany tool and use it in my mini albums.

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Posted: 11/17/2012 6:13:44 PM
my friend and I were just talking about this the other day. the itop from a couple years back was a big deal but also expensive. We just used Dritz button blanks and made our own then. if you get the snap together Dritz buttons and layer the fabric or thin paper of your choice with mylar sheets (shrink bags for gift baskets work good) you can get a very similar look. they are not as flat as true flair though and the edges are a little wrinkly from folding the paper around them but not bad. much better option than anything I saw mentioned above. cheap too!

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