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Not quite ready to tackle a complicated engraving project or use the 3D printer? Want to introduce your child to creating with fun and easy-to-use equipment? Our Mini MakerSpace is the ideal place to get started!

Button Makers

The Basics

Buttons are an extremely popular way to market a brand, promote a cause, or just show off your favorite characters. Download images from the internet or design your own and you will have professional looking results in seconds. Don’t stop at buttons though – key chains and magnets can also be produced using the 1.5 inch machine.

Features

  • 6 American Button Machines button makers (three 1.5 inch size machines, three 2.25 inch machines)

What You'll Need

Use of the button makers is free. Bring your own design – digital images should be scaled to 1.6 (for 1.5 inch buttons) or 2.4 inches (for 2.25 inch buttons) in diameter. You can also print from our PCs ($0.25 per page for color, $0.15 per page black and white). You can also bring a hard copy of your image on standard paper. Photo paper, magazine/newspaper pages, and thinner cardstock may be acceptable but is not always ideal. Fabric, thicker cardstock, and plastic will not work properly. Adding textured embellishments (glitter, glue, etc.) is not permitted as it can damage the button maker. Below are templates and instructions for each button size.

Cost

Button machine accessories must be purchased in the MakerSpace.

  • Button: $0.10 per button
  • Magnet: $0.15 per button
  • Keychain: $0.40 per keychain (only available in 1.5 inch size)

Station Reservations

Reservations are not required to use the button makers.

Ellison Machine

The Basics

Stamp out a variety of shape silhouettes with an Ellison machine. Make flashcards for your classroom, decorate a nursery, cut out your own holiday decorations, create signs for your next big party or celebration, and add life to your school projects. All you need is craft paper and you’re ready to begin!

Features

  • Easy to use for all ages
  • Dozens of pre-made die to choose from

What You'll Need

Limited quantities and selections of paper may be available; you are encouraged to bring your own construction or craft paper.

Station Reservations

Reservations are not required to use the Ellison Machine.

Silhouette Cameo Electronic Cutting Tool

The Basics

Design your own shapes, or use pre-designed ones. Cut out vinyl decals, customize apparel, or make stickers.

Features

  • Images can be imported in other formats (JPG, BMP, PNG, and GIF), traced over with the system’s designer studio software, and then cut
  • The machine can cut: paper, cardstock, adhesive cardstock, adhesive vinyl, fabric, heat-transfer material (e.g., designs that you could iron on cloth), printable heat-transfer material, rhinestone templates, temporary tattoo paper, vellum, and magnetic paper.

What You'll Need

You’ll need to bring a design in a common image format to be converted. You may also choose a ready-made design from the software’s library. The Library only sells adhesive vinyl. If you would like to use a different material, you’ll need to bring that with you.

Cost

  • Vinyl: $1.00 per linear foot

Station Reservations

Reserve the Silhouette Cameo Electronic Cutting Tool.