swopdotzTM are wrist bands with customizable buttons. They make fun gifts and party favors The wrist bands each have 3 snaps on them. One-inch buttons snap into the wrist bands. The buttons are made using a standard 1″ button-making machine, so we can put any graphic (including photos!) onto the buttons.*
swopdotzTM were born in May of 2009. Our mission was and is to make fun, durable, and inexpensive products that everyone can afford and enjoy. In addition, we decided that one of our goals should be to allow our decorations to be personalized – everyone should be able to have their own photos, sayings, and designs on their buttons.
At first swopdotzTM were hand-made using hook-and-loop fasteners to attach the buttons to the wrist bands. Loop fasteners were sewn onto nylon webbing and hook fasteners were glued to the back of each button.
But real-life testing showed that the buttons didn’t stay on very well (thank you Chloe, Ryleagh, Ember, Rachel, Cara, and Lauren!).
Some friends suggested using snap fasteners (thank you Cindi and Mary). Unfortunately, when the snaps were glued directly to the back of each button, they came off too easily.
The original solution to that problem was to attach the snap to a piece of felt which was then glued to the back of each button. These stayed on very well. However, this was time consuming (especially since we were cutting the felt by hand). Calculations showed that even with automation this would make it so the buttons would cost as much as similar products on the market. This went against our mission.
It seemed like swopdotzTM might end here.
The breakthrough came with the idea of incorporating the snap stud into the button back. The hours of working with the hot glue gun would no longer be needed!
* We will not violate copyright laws, so we will only accept graphics that you have the rights to. Thank you for your understanding.