Making a mirror back button using a favorite photo or fabric is fun and very easy to do! You might have heard them referred to before as a pocket mirror or purse mirror. Our complete mirror button sets include everything you need to make a mirror back button, Mylar, Front Shell, Collet Back, Mirror Shim and Genuine Glass Mirror.
We offer several mirror sizes to choose from:
Badge-a-Minit Size: BAM 2.25″ Mirror Button Set
We have put together this step-by-step tutorial to guide you through how to make a mirror back button.
How to make a pocket or purse mirror.
Step 1: Place the shell, graphic & mylar into left the pickup die.
Step 2: Place the collet (sharp side up) and mirror (reflective side down) into the right crimp die.
Step 3: To prevent movement of the mirror in the finished button, place a bent shim into the right crimp die.
Step 4: Put as much of a v-bend in the shim as you can that still allows it to clear the upper die.
Step 5: Rotate the die fully clockwise, press the handle all the way down and then raise it back up. Rotate the die fully counterclockwise, press the handle all the way down again and then raise it back up.
Step 6:Remove the finished button. Making more than one mirror? Go back to Step 1 and lather, rinse and repeat as necessary.
Until next time, Happy Button Making!
By Brighid Brown, Director of Blogging and All Things Cool at ABM