Setting KAMsnaps

Sun, 11 Sep 2022

This comes up a lot, so I'm setting all my tips down for posterity.

Setting plastic snaps seems pretty simple, but there are a few tricks to it. The folks at KAMSnaps dot com have a troubleshooting page, with a video that shows how things are supposed to work: the little plastic point is supposed to mash down into a little mushroom-cap that holds it together, but it doesn't always come out right. Here are a few more reasons that they don't address.

Ultimately, though, plastic snaps are just too temperamental for me. I love the colors, and I have a giant assortment, but more often than not I find myself reaching for rivets, or for metal snaps. If you really love the look of the colored snaps, especially the engraved and shaped ones that only come in Regular length, I would highly recommend you invest in a real tabletop press. (Yes, they should pay me a commission for saying that, but they don't. Alas.)

Riveted snap tabs. Well, rivet tabs, I guess.

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