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View Poll Results: Cover buttons -- what kind of metal for the shells (fronts)?
Aluminum or rust-resistant ONLY. 25 83.33%
I might consider steel for some of my products. 4 13.33%
Steel for me! Those pennies add up. 1 3.33%
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Old 11-27-2010, 02:33
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Default Steel or aluminum, or... do you care if your buttons rust?

Dritz-type buttons have aluminum shells (fronts). They don't rust. Machine cover buttons (the ones I sell) can have aluminum, rust-resistant, or aluminum shells. I started stocking non-rusting shells exclusively after I washed a dress with steel buttons, and the rust went right through the fabric. This is not my photo, but here is an example:



Steel is cheaper, though -- I sell steel shells to this company. I keep on them on hand just for them, but now I'm wondering if I should stock steel shells as an option for everyone.

So... pretend you own a button machine. You want #45 shells (1 1/8") -- steel shells are .03 each and aluminum shells are .04 each. Which one will you buy?

For the record, #45 aluminum shells from here work out to roughly .16 each.
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Old 11-29-2010, 05:50
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Default Re: Steel or aluminum, or... do you care if your buttons rust?

THANK YOU for participating in this poll. You don't need to own a button machine -- just pretend you do.
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Default Re: Steel or aluminum, or... do you care if your buttons rust?

I'm pretending. No rusties for me.
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Default Re: Steel or aluminum, or... do you care if your buttons rust?

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I'm pretending. No rusties for me.
Live the dream. Thanks for participating.
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Default Re: Steel or aluminum, or... do you care if your buttons rust?

I can't image not spending the extra penny so your items don't look like that. I mean even if you don't wash the item theres still a good chance of it getting wet.
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Default Re: Steel or aluminum, or... do you care if your buttons rust?

Since its only a penny difference I would go with the non rusters. Less hassle to deal with when someone isn't happy with your product after buying! I make button covered bracelets and the bracelets I use to get were heavy and great. I re-ordered and they felt real light. After wearing mine one day I noticed some green marks on my arm. Very disappointed. They weren't cheaper either, same as I payed for the better ones.
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make button covered bracelets and the bracelets I use to get were heavy and great. I re-ordered and they felt real light. After wearing mine one day I noticed some green marks on my arm. Very disappointed. They weren't cheaper either, same as I payed for the better ones.
Could you tell me a little more about this? Were these fabric covered buttons?

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On preview... are you talking about the bracelet form itself, not the buttons? I did some research, and it's possible the new (cheaper, but not less expensive) forms contained copper. Copper causes a chemical reaction = green skin.
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Could you tell me a little more about this? Were these fabric covered buttons?

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On preview... are you talking about the bracelet form itself, not the buttons? I did some research, and it's possible the new (cheaper, but not less expensive) forms contained copper. Copper causes a chemical reaction = green skin.
Yes, I was talking about the bracelet. I was just saying that I would rather buy a more expensive, whatever, instead of having the rusting or turning the skin green. I'm sure something was different about the bracelets, and maybe she stated that, but I didn't realize!! Now I know!! And I don't buy them anymore.
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Default Re: Steel or aluminum, or... do you care if your buttons rust?

Idon't have a button machine and can't afford to spend the extra money right now, but when I do get one, I will definately be interested in the rust-free ones. The old saying "You get what you pay for" still holds true, atleast most of the time.
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