The Ultimate Guide

How To Custom Jeans Buttons And Rivets

For Your Denim Brand

2021

by | Nov 16, 2021

To promote any brand, a uniquely identifiable feature needs to be included to distinguish it from the rest. When your brand involves denim products, the most important way to identify your brand is through unique custom jeans buttons and rivets. Getting a custom name or design on the buttons and rivets can be a challenging process. To help those looking to achieve this very goal, we have put together this essential step-by-step guide to help along the way.

Step 1: Set Up Communication Between The Brand And The Manufacturer

designers discussion in office

As a brand, establishing a clear communication channel between yourself and the manufacturer is essential. One of the things to determine and agree upon is the types of metal buttons your denim product will have. Or what colors would match the particular denim product best. Or whether chemical-free standards need to be abided by, whether the trim will be washed with the jeans, etc. Numerous other particulars regarding the product you will have the manufacturer make for you. 

The final and most crucial step to your brand’s bottom line is how much does the design your brand requires costs and how that fits with your particular budget. Once you have sorted out all of these details, you will be set up for the specific design you wish.

Step 2: Artwork And Designs Approval 

cad designer at office discuss with another designer

The next pivotal step is to design the artwork that will represent the brand to prepare it for application to your brand’s denim products. These designs are developed as 3D graphics by the specialists at the production facility, and the design will look exactly like the designed image once it is imprinted. This means that it is pivotal for a brand representative (or a team of them) to carefully evaluate the design to assure their satisfaction with the detail of the design, shape, size, and other important factors (including the spelling of the brand’s name). 

Any oversight will be included in the mass production of the buttons and rivets and will be adorned with denim products. Even the tiniest error will be noticed once the products hit the sales racks, a financially damaging experience and embarrassing for any brand. If there is a missed mistake, it will cost more to go over the process again, starting step 2 all over.

Step 3: Processing The Samples

a worker working in factory

When samples of custom jeans buttons and rivets are made, they will need to be carefully evaluated and approved. This is not simply looking at a few scattered elements but an essential part of the production process. Here is how it works:

  • Once the brand reps approve the 3D designs, the manufacturers will mold the CNC machines to imprint that specific design.
  • Then the stamping machines will stamp the brass buttons, and injection die casting machines will form Zamak buttons.
  • The Zamak buttons will then be polished to smooth out their surface, while brass buttons will be washed to clear any extraneous particles and debris. Both will then undergo the electroplating process to give them a distinguished color and shine.
  • After the plating process is complete, the button caps will be assembled with their back part either using specialized machinery or via a manual process to add them to the products’ material.
  • Once the buttons are affixed to the fabric, they will be pull-tested to ensure they are attached well enough not to get or come entirely loose. These must be sturdy to withstand regular use.
  • Finally, the finished product will be sent to the brand reps (the clients) to conduct their inspection and communicate their approvals.

Many clients are unhappy with the cost of this sampling process, arguing that the sampling of these tiny buttons should not be very cost-prohibitive. However, they often overlook the time, energy, and attention into imprinting the designs, making them presentable, affixing them to the products, and testing their viability.

Step 4: Bulk Production And Delivery

cargo delivery at warehouse

Once the client has approved the samples, the manufacturer can initiate bulk production. Typically this bulk production process is smooth once the initial design hurdles are overcome. However, the coloring condition is an issue to be on the lookout for.

The process of electroplating is only partially automated, needing adjustments to be made by people. This means that the coloring of the samples could potentially differ (perhaps slightly) from the coloring of the samples that the brand was initially provided for evaluation. This is a common occurrence and usually only carries a slight disparity. 

Much in the same way that a chef cannot make the same taste for each time they prepare a particular meal, they can have that taste be very (almost indistinguishably) close to the others. Electroplating operators, similarly, cannot match the sample color to a 100% definition, but they will be very close. Ultimately, this ends up being a distinction without a difference in how it looks on the final product.

Final Thoughts On Custom Jeans Buttons For Brands

That is the entirety of the production process for any metal trims that adorn a brand’s products. Now that you know what to expect, why the costs are, and what to look out for, you can make all the appropriate financial and design preparations, then put the process to work and generate significant profits!

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