While holding an old trading pin, you may stop and wonder who originally owned it. You may even wonder how that person came to own it in the first place. Old trading pins used a long time ago may be considered as collectibles that you can display for other people to see and appreciate. Sadly, there is a great chance that you will find these things in poor condition. Moreover, the older ones may even need serious repair for restoration. If you consider yourself as one of the savvy collectors, you may repair these pins using some household items. A button machine can also come in handy if you want to make them new again.
For this project, you have to prepare some tools and materials so you can get started with the restoration project.
It is better to prepare all of these things ahead of time to ensure that you will be efficient with the restoration of the trading pins. This will also help make a safe working environment not only for you but also for the people who stay within the area.
- Small model paintbrush
- Enamel paint that will match the paint colors
- Pin hardware
- Button press
- Clear button front and back already sized to the button that you will repair
- Bleach pen
- Super glue
- Needle nosed pliers, small variety
Before you repair the surface, you should fix the pin that you use for attaching the button.
First off, you should do something for the paint found on the pin. You may use a paintbrush to help you fill in the chips and the cracks using matching colors of the enamel paint. Set this aside and let this dry overnight. You may then get rid of the broken pin hardware from the back part of your pin. To do this, you may use the needle nose pliers to help you pry off the broken hardware. After this, you simply have to glue the replacement hardware on the pin. Closely follow the instructions indicated on the glue’s tube. Carefully place your pin hardware on the back part of the pin by using tweezers. Hold this in place until your glue finally sets. Set this aside and let the setup fully dry.
In repairing the trading pins themselves, you have to do something about the quality of the image that the pin displays.
First, you need to get rid of the paper artwork from its broken casing. Use the needle nose pliers to help you pry off the edges of the metallic part of the button casing. You have to do this in an outward direction. Use your tweezers to peel off the front part of the plastic button. This will then free the paper artwork. You may then lift this out using the tweezers.
Lay the artwork flat on your counter, table, or any flat and stable surface. In case there are signs of browning or watermarks that show on white background, you may use a bleach pen to gently dab off the discoloration. Allow this to dry.
Assemble the newly repaired button while following the directions indicated in the button making machine. Most of the button making machines typically come with a complete set conventionally sized button rings. Therefore, there is a great chance that you will not have to buy them separately.
Press the button for the machine as instructed. Remove the trading pins from the machine. You may then pin this to your preferred clothing or accessories. You may also opt to place them in your container of collected pins so that other people can see them as well.