How to Install Metal Snaps with a KAM Snap Press
The concept behind metal snaps is mostly the same as for plastic snaps. The cap and post dies (which have a wider base) go in the bottom of the press, while the socket and stud dies go in the top. Please note that for 4-pc spring-style snaps, the cap installs with the socket and the post installs with the stud. Here are pictures of each part for your reference. The stud (male) is the part that clicks into the socket (female) when the snap is closed.
You may need to punch a hole in your fabric to poke the prong of the cap/post piece through prior to installing the snaps, especially with thicker fabric.
Note for DK93 presses: Some bottom dies will be shorter than others. To compensate for the shortness, do not screw the top die all the way in so that it hangs down lower.
Video: Attaching Spring-Style Metal Snaps (this video shows fashion spring snaps being installed, but the same concept applies to utility spring snaps) Remember that the cap installs with the socket, and the post installs with the stud. You may need to punch a hole in your fabric to poke the prong of the cap/post piece through prior to installing the snaps, especially with thicker fabric.
Removing Fashion and Utility Spring Snaps:
It is more tricky to remove these types of snaps. The easiest way to do it is to use a drill with a bit that is about as narrow as the prong. Slowly drill against the center of the snap on the underside of the cap until you can pull the pieces apart. Here are some other suggestions we received by our amazing customers:
"I would suggest denting the cap in the center, then using a pliers to bend it up to expose the post. Once the post is exposed, use a pincer or a wire cutter to clip the post, or to cut the cap off so the post can be pushed through the fabric."
"I use nail nippers, an old pair, to squeeze the socket or stud side. When a prong or two is lifted, I wiggle it off."
"I use a small wire cutter ease my way under squeeze the grip kind of like a hammer prying a nail."
The only tricky part is the socket/female piece. Make sure you have the correct side facing up, as described in the photo below.
Video: Attaching Open Ring Metal Snaps (this video shows a 3-piece die set, with a separate die for the socket/female and stud/male. Newer die models only come with 2 pieces, with the same die used for both the socket and stud.)
Removing Open-Ring Grip Snaps:
Use a thread snipper or any tool with a very flat head. Place the head beneath the open-ring cap (between the open-ring cap and the fabric) and gently pry the cap away from the fabric.
Video: Removing Open Ring Metal Snaps