Design the motif that you want to place on the badge. Use images, photos, logos... be creative!
Prepare a template according to the size and shape of the badge. Remember that the template must have an additional border on the outside to fold and attach the design to the back of the badge.
Print the design on paper with your usual printer. It is recommended to use paper sheets with a 100-110 gsm thickness. You can personalise badges with other materials like fabric or vinyl but, for an easier explanation, we will suppose you will be using paper.
STEP 2: TRIM THE DESIGN
Cut the printed paper on the outermost edge. You may use scissors or a utility knife (cutter). However, it is advisable to use a die cutting machine or a vinyl cutter to cut out several designs at once. It will help you gain precision and speed, achieving a straight, clean, and homogeneous cut.
STEP 3: ASSEMBLE THE BADGES
Prepare the badge making machine. For this example, we will suppose you are using a manual one. If you own a pneumatic machine, the steps are very similar.
Insert the 57 x 52 mmheart mould.
Place the front of the badge on the mould's Part A, with the sharp metal edge facing down.
Place the design you previously trimmed on this plate and cover it with the protective plastic film.
Rotate the base until the Upper Part aligns with Part A.
Hold the machine with one hand and push the lever down with the other one. Apply pressure and pull it back up. The front plate will remain on the Upper Part of the mould.
Place the back of the badge on Part B, with the sharp metal edge facing up. Try to align the plate with the positioning pin to ensure its correct orientation.
Rotate the base of the machine until the Upper Part aligns with Part B.
Hold the machine with one hand and push the lever down with the other one. Apply pressure and pull it back up.
Rotate the base of the machine again and remove the badge.