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Enamel Pins 101

Enamel Pins 101: What Are They and How to Make Them

Enamel pins offer a variety of options when it comes to design and manufacturing. Like many other pin types, they can be made into a wide array of shapes, sizes, finishes, and designs. They are also popular among trading pins since they are relatively easy to make and can yield premium results in the hands of good manufacturers and designers. If you are interested in getting your own enamel pins, there is a lot you should know before making your final decision. Here is everything that you need to know about enamel pins and how they are made.

What Are Enamel Pins?

Enamel pins are a specific type of lapel pin that utilizes enamel to create colors and images in a manner that is different from other lapel pin manufacturing techniques. This is done by applying a layer of enamel over another layer of metal to create contrasting colors that display a level of depth. Enamel pins were originally created for jewelry and decorative pins. They were later adopted for lapel pins and badges and are now used in different types of products and industries. Enamel lapel pins can come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. They are usually made with two layers with the top layer being translucent enamel and the bottom layer being metal.

Enamel Pins have a variety of uses and designs.

How Are Enamel Pins Made?

Enamel pins share manufacturing processes with many other types of pins. The key difference is in the coloring process where the enamel is added. Every manufacturer can use a slightly different process as well to achieve a different quality result. However, the overall process is consistent among manufacturers and the differences come down to the quality of each step as well as the materials used. Here is a more detailed look at the manufacturing process that we use to make enamel pins.

Completing the Design

Before any manufacturing can begin, the design team works with the client to finalize the design. They not only verify that the design is possible, but they also help with artwork and setting up the systems needed to make the pins. Once the final proof is finished, it becomes the template to make the dye that is used to make all of the pins of a specific design.

Dye Making and Stamping

The first step in the manufacturing process is to create a dye, which is a stamp made from a hard metal. This dye is placed in a high-powered press and used to stamp designs into other, slightly weaker pieces of metal.

The design, however, is not exactly the same as the design. Rather, it is the reverse (or negative) of the design. The dye is used to push in all of the areas where the enamel paint is added later. So, a design that consists of outlines will be reversed to create a dye that has no raised outlines. Instead, the outlines will be indented in the dye so that they are unaffected during the stamping process.

Once completed, the same dye is used repeatedly to make all of the pins of a particular design. Most dyes can last for hundreds, if not thousands of uses. However, the pins that are stamped as well as the dye are checked to make sure that they are accurate, consistent, and undamaged as a part of the quality control process. 

The dye is used to stamp the design into either metal sheets or metal disks, depending on the design. Larger designs are often stamped onto sheets and then cut from that sheet while medium and smaller designs are stamped directly on metal discs called blanks. The blanks are removed, deburred (any sharp edges or burrs are removed), and inspected for quality before moving on.

Color Filling

The color filling process is where the type of enamel pin is decided. It can either be a hard enamel pin or a soft enamel pin. Both are made using a similar process with a slightly different process. 

Both are filled with enamel paint according to the design. Enamel paint comes in a wide variety of color options, and custom colors can be created as well. Making the pins with a dye method makes it much easier to create fine details that the enamel paint can fill. 

Soft enamel pins are filled to about 99% depth so that any outlines in the design are raised about the paint’s surface. Hard enamel pins are filled to 100% depth. Both are then heated to 400 degrees Fahrenheit to cure, making the paint hard and durable.

Hard enamel pins are polished so that they are flush with the metal surfaces outlined on the coin. This also gives it a harder feel and glossy finish, leading to more vibrant colors and a higher-quality finish. If you want an enamel pin but you want to upgrade it a bit, try switching from soft enamel to hard enamel. 

Quality Inspection

At the end of the manufacturing process, all pins are checked for quality issues. Each pin is picked up and inspected for flaws, sharp edges, or other potential problems. If everything checks out, they are individually packaged and prepared for shipping. 

Enamel Pin Design Options

One of the reasons why enamel pins are widely popular is because there are relatively few limits on your designs. As enamel pins are made with a metal base, they are available in a wide variety of finishes that can make your pin stand out. Here are a few basic options to think about during the design process. 

Size

Enamel pins can be made to nearly any size. The final size of the design is limited by the size of the dye and the matching blanks. Most pins are between one and three inches in size, although other options are possible. Changing the size of a pin design is an easy way to make it stand out from other options. 

Shape

Since enamel pins are made of metals, they can be cut into nearly any shape. As long as your bins are not made small enough or thin enough to be flexible, the design is possible. With a creative design, you can use the overall shape of the pin as an important feature to differentiate it from others. 

This also includes cutouts, or removed sections within the design of your pin. As long as the pin is designed to be structurally sound, parts can be cut out to give it a more dimensional presentation. 

Metal Plating and Coatings

While the pins are stamped from aluminum blanks, they can be metal plated or coated to look like just about any other type of metal. Nickel, brass, and gold are common plating options, while spray black is a common coating option. Each coating or plating option has a unique set of features that you can use to enhance your pins overall design. 

Paint Colors

Enamel paint comes in a wide variety of color options. This gives you the ability to use color to your advantage. Most other pin options have limit color options, giving you a very small palette to make your designs work. Enamel pins have a lot of options to choose from, giving you numerous ways to make your pins unique. Many customers often order several designs with different color schemes so that they have more variation in their options. 

Pros of Enamel Pins

Enamel pins are one of the most popular pin options because of their advantages over other styles. Here are a few of the reasons why enamel pins are popular. 

Customizability

They can be designed with a wide array of colors, patterns, and designs and can be made into almost any shape. They can be made in both simple and complex designs and in small and large quantities. 

Durability

Enamel pins are durable and can be made with materials that are resistant to corrosion, scratching, and bending. They can be made in a wide variety of metals and can be plated with other materials to increase their durability. 

Affordability

Enamel pins are relatively affordable and can be made in small batches or large quantities. They are also easy to design and can be made with a variety of different materials.

Upgrade With Hard Enamel Pins

The enamel can be applied in different thicknesses to create different effects. Thin enamel will create a subtle effect while thick enamel will be more noticeable. 

Get Your Enamel Pins From an Industry Leader

The company that you choose to make your pins plays an important part in their quality. For the best quality pins, work with an industry leader that has years of experience making pins for sports teams, individuals, businesses, and government agencies. Call us at 877-312-9794 to start your next pin order today. 

Increase Brand Recognition with Business Cards

5 Ways to Increase Brand Recognition With Business Cards

Brand recognition is an important step to increasing your customer base and beating out your competitors. Here’s how business card design can give you an edge.

Are you looking for ways to make your business cards stand out in an entrepreneur’s collection? Do you want to find ways of making your brand pop in the eyes of your target market? If so, then you need to learn all that you can about how business cards can increase your brand recognition.

Brand recognition, also known as “brand recall”, can help you separate yourself from the pack. Your target buyers will have your face and logo imprinted in their memory forever.

See below for an in-depth guide on how business cards can help you boost your brand’s recall power with your clients.

1. Infuses Online and Offline Marketing

The old-school sales philosophy harps on using in-person (AKA “offline”) marketing tactics to put a face to the name for your clients. The new school sales philosophy preaches using the digital marketplace to establish your brand’s online presence.

Here’s the question that we’re asking: Why can’t you use both? Why can’t one be used to feed off o the other?

Gone are the days where you have to pick a side on the online marketing vs offline marketing debate. These days, it’s the all-encompassing, hybrid brands that take the cake.

When it comes to brand recognition, the primary goal is to have clients feel like your logo is at every turn. Every social media platform they use, every billboard they walk past, etc.

Business cards can be a tremendous way to infuse both. You can have your logo featured on one side of the card, then use the other side to give clients your:

  • Email address
  • Instagram account
  • Twitter handle
  • Facebook page
  • LinkedIn profile

The list goes on and on! You can establish yourself with a simple business card design. It has all of the information they need (brand logo and contact info) and none of the information that they don’t need.

Increase Brand Recognition With Business Cards

2. Establishes Your Brand Identity

For those of you that have been researching how to boost your company’s brand recall, you’ve probably come across one term a lot: brand identity.

But what is a brand identity? It’s essentially any visual element that your company uses to establish its brand. This is a key aspect of establishing brand recognition. In fact, without a strong brand identity, you can’t possibly hope to build brand recall.

Don’t believe us? Let’s put it to the test. When you read the words “John Deere” what immediately comes to your mind? We’re willing to bet that you immediately envisioned the green and yellow deer logo before you envisioned their tractors (the product they sell). Still think brand identity isn’t important?

So what key aspects should you focus on? There are four primary factors that you should emphasize on to build your brand identity: your logo, your tagline, your font, and your color(s).

It all has to collaborate. Once it does, you’ve got yourself a dynamite brand to start pushing to your clients.

We would recommend that you put a significant amount of thought into the colors you use especially. As color psychology teaches us, different colors will convey different emotions and feelings to your customers. Learn what those feelings and emotions are, then use that to your advantage.

Once you have that brand identity established, you can feature it on your business card. Your target market will immediately associate with the branding the moment they lay eyes on it.

3. Separate Yourself from the Pack

When you think of business cards, you’re probably envisioning your logo placed on a small paper card, as most business cards are… but what if we told you there were other options?

You can create carbon fiber business cards to give your brand a look and feel that resonates with your customers differently.

Your brand will instantly gain stronger brand recall, as they’ll remember you as the company with the carbon fiber business card. You can build momentum from there!

Increase Brand Recognition With Business Cards

4. Gives it a Personal Touch

If you’re looking to differentiate yourself even further, then consider making a bottle opener business card. This will ensure that your clients hold on to your business card for years to come.

It can also shine your brand in a more personable light. People will see your brand as one that encourages clients to enjoy life, which—depending on your industry—might make your company more intriguing than others in your niche.

These days, customers want to work with businesses that have a human feel to them. If you stick to a “by the books” brand, people won’t feel like they can trust you.

5. Ties Your Brand Together

Envision a spider web. At the end of each branch of that web is different marketing tools in your marketing plan, such as your Twitter account, Facebook account, website URL, etc.

Then, smack-dab in the middle of that web, is your business card. Why? Because it connects all of the different marketing outlets.

As soon as a customer comes in possession of your business card, they can connect with your brand however they so choose. This will help your brand connect with them and build more brand recall when they come across it on their preferred social media platform.

Build Brand Recognition With Your Business Cards

Now that you have seen all of the different ways that business cards can help you build brand recognition, be sure to use this information to your advantage.

Interested in learning more about how to design and make your own metal business cards? We can help! For more inquiries, give us a call at 1-877-312-9794 or click on the chat icon we have on our website and we will be happy to assist you further.

Marketing with Lapel Pins

Five Unique Marketing Tips: Marketing With Lapel Pins

Competition is getting crazy. More than 270,000 American businesses exported goods out of the United States. Millions of other businesses were focused inside the United States, selling goods to other Americans.

This makes marketing so important. You have to follow marketing tips that help your business stand out, regardless of what your business is. One way you can make yourself distinct is through lapel pins.

How can you learn how to design a lapel pin? How can you use pins to create solidarity within your company? How can you use them for brand awareness?

Answer these questions and you can find simple yet profound ways to distinguish yourself from competitors. Here are five marketing tips you can follow with lapel pins.

1. Employ Color Psychology

Color psychology refers to how colors can impact a person’s mood and behaviors. When you are marketing with lapel pins, you need to consider the impact of colors on the viewer. You want to find colors that will create feelings that reflect well back on your organization.

Red is the traditional color of romantic love and passion. It also indicates dominance and power, making it a good choice for the pins of high-ranking figures. You should bear in mind that red signs indicate hazards, so seeing red may deter some people.

Blue is a color that can summon feelings of peace and tranquility. Yet it has associations with sadness and loneliness.

White and black are not common choices for pins. They can be too stark, and a black pin is difficult to see on a black lapel. But white is emblematic of peacefulness while black can signify boldness and power, so they may be effective choices.

2. Create Different Sets of Pins for Different Groups

Giving the same pin to everyone in your organization can create solidarity. Everyone is at the same level and feels like they are a unified team. Someone seeing several people with the same pin will be reminded of your organization and encouraged to work with you.

Yet you are not obligated to give the same pin to everyone. If your organization has several groups within it, you can give different pins to each group.

For an authority figure, you can give a pin with an element on it that indicates an authority. You can give a pin with a crown on it to your boss.

If you have an educational organization with multiple grades in it, you can have a number that indicates each grade. People in their first year can receive a pin with the number one on it.

You can also make different types of lapel pins. Soft enamel pins can have a more textured surface while hard enamel pins can resemble jewelry. Choosing the type of lapel pin can make all the difference!

3. Give Pins as Rewards

Creating a ceremony out of handing out your custom lapel pins will give your pins a layer of meaning. It can also help with creating brand awareness. Someone who sees the ceremony may want to work with you because they see you care about your employees.

You don’t have to be elaborate about your ceremony. You can hand your pin to the recipient with your left hand and shake their hand with your right hand.

But you can get more extravagant. You can give a speech about the recipient before you hand the pin to them. This is a good idea when you are presenting a pin to an important person.

If you want to turn your reward ceremony into a marketing opportunity, you should broadcast it. You can stream it on Facebook and other social media platforms. You can reward loyal customers or volunteers with pins as well.

4. Package Pins With Other Things

A pin is a small award. Someone who receives one after years of work may not feel the true weight of the gift. Consider packaging the pin with another object. You can give an important employee a plaque and a pin.

You can place the pin inside a special box. When the recipient is not wearing it, they can place it in the box and store it on a shelf. This has a practical purpose and it makes the pin seem important.

Feel free to sell a few pins together in a small package. You can also sell a pin alongside a hat or another object with your company logo on it. When the customer sees the pin or hat, they will remember your organization.

5. Place Pins in Advertisements

You can use lapel pins to help with broad and long-term marketing campaigns. Whenever you have a group of employees in an advertisement, the employees should wear your pins.

You don’t have to call attention to the pins if you don’t want to. A wide shot that shows everyone wearing your pins is enough to show them off. Someone looking at the visual may feel like your employees have solidarity and corporate pride.

Try to incorporate the visuals of your pins in other parts of your advertisements. If your pin has one important color, you should feature that color in your company logo and background choices. When a customer sees the color, they will remember your company right away.

Marketing with Lapel Pins for an Event
Marketing with Lapel Pins for an Event

Practice the Best Marketing Tips for Lapel Pins

There are several marketing tips you should follow when you are using lapel pins. You should find colors that draw out qualities about your organization.

If your organization has different groups, create a custom pin for each one. Make handing out the pins a ceremony that makes the recipient feel important.

You can hand out plaques in addition to pins. Have the pins be an important visual in your advertisements.

You’re not on your own when you’re looking for great pins. MetalPromo provides premium pins at low prices. Get your price quote today.

Tips for designing customized pins for your company

7 Tips for Designing Customized Pins for Your Company

Business owners know a thing or two about the importance of brand identity. Your brand tells consumers who you are, what you offer, and what kind of culture you strive to create.

Did you know that brand identity is just as important for your employees? There are tons of great ways to work towards internal brand identity, and branded swag is one of them.

If you’re getting ready to host or participate in an event, start thinking about customized pins. When your employees wear corporate pins, they don’t just promote your company to the masses. They start to feel more connected to the work they do for your business.

Not sure where to start? Read on for seven tips that will help you design custom pins for your company.

1. Start With a Message

What message do you want to spread with your company pins? What is the purpose of designing them? For example, are you rewarding your employees for completing a specific task or showcasing your business at a tradeshow?

We always recommend starting with a purpose before moving to an image or concept. That way, you can check and balance your creative ideas against the goals you have for your pins to ensure that they’re sending the message you intended.

2. Think About Your Branding

Remember, brand identity is what you’re building when you create customized pins for your company. However, this process is cyclical in that you’re going to need to use elements of your branding to create an effective corporate pin.

More specifically, we’re talking about the visual elements of your branding. This includes things like the logo, color scheme, and typography that you use on other branded marketing materials, like your signage, website, and business cards. One of the simplest ways to approach this process is to create company logo pins that don’t require any new design work.

3. Sketch Out Some Ideas

You’ve got your message in mind and you’ve pulled out some of your branded materials for reference. If you want to do something new or specific, rather than a company logo pin, the next step is to start sketching and see how to bring those ideas to life.

If visual arts aren’t your thing, talk to your colleagues or employees and find out if anyone has any strong art skills. It could even be a fun team-building process to host a design contest, allowing everyone to enter and vote on customized pin designs.

If you don’t have any strong artists on your team (or don’t want to spend time doodling), don’t sweat it. Great pin printing companies can also offer assistance with designs to ensure that you end up with a finished product that you love.

Customized Company Pins

4. Keep It Simple

If you’re going to take on the design yourself, it’s important to keep simplicity in mind. Pins tend to be on the smaller size (around 1-2 inches in diameter), so you don’t want to overcrowd your design with colors or images that won’t translate well.

Let’s use color as an example. There’s no need to shade your design because shading can’t be reproduced with the soft enamel most pins are made from. Stick to a few colors that contrast for high visibility and include single shades of each color so that you will receive a true reproduction of your design.

5. Consider Custom Pin Enhancements

Do you want to go the extra mile to make sure that your employees love their company pins and that those pins get the attention they deserve? If so, you may want to consider custom pin enhancements.

Crystals, glitter, blinkers, and glow enamel all add a special touch to help your pins stand out. Plus, these enhancements can add to the complexity of your design without making it feel overcrowded or busy.

6. Get Creative With Pin Shapes

A custom design means custom shapes. While classic pins are often made in the shape of a circle, oval, or square, you do not have to work within these parameters when coming up with a design of your own.

Do you want to make your pin in the shape of your nontraditional logo? Do you want to add a banner across the bottom of your circular design? Soft enamel is easy to mold before the curing process, which makes it easy to get creative with the shape of your design.

7. Find the Right Corporate Pin Maker

We have talked a lot about coming up with the ideal design for your customized pins. What do you do when it comes time to have them made? Let’s talk about what to look for in a great pin-making company.

A great pin-making company uses high-quality materials but offers discount pricing for bulk orders. A great pin-making company offers additional incentives like free art assistance, free revisions, and free shipping. A great pin-making company has experience making everything from corporate pins to club pins to niche hobby or fandom pins.

If you’re looking for a company that offers all of that and more, look no further than MetalPromo. We have years of experience making customized pins and we can turn any vision into a reality.

Come to MetalPromo for All of Your Customized Pins

Brand identity is an important part of your internal team-building and external success. Customized pins are perfect for any corporate event, from store openings to tradeshows, and we’re here to help those pins come to life.

MetalPromo is proud to design, create, and ship custom metal products all across the country. We’re also proud to offer transparent pricing and high-quality customer service. Before you place your order, let us know what kind of project you have in mind and we’ll send back a free price quote.

Raise Awareness with Lapel Pins

How to Raise Awareness with Lapel Pins: A Guide

How to Raise Awareness with Lapel Pins

Are you looking to raise awareness for a cause you are passionate about? Read this guide for everything you need to know!

Did you know that what you wear affects how you’re treated? We are hardwired to remember certain things about what others wear. We even treat people differently based on what they wear.

Rather than showing off random brand names, what if you could raise awareness for your own brand or a special cause? If there is something you believe in or a cause that you want to support, then you should consider getting lapel pins. Whether it’s breast cancer awareness or social media awareness of your own brand, you can use custom lapel pins to raise awareness.

No matter what cause you want to support, you can use custom lapel pins. Keep on reading for the ultimate guide on how to raise awareness with lapel pins.

Raise awareness with lapel pins
Raise Awareness with Lapel Pins

Why Lapel Pins for Raising Awareness?

Raising awareness through fashion isn’t an innovative idea. The pink ribbon for breast cancer awareness is an iconic image. Anyone who sees the pink ribbon knows what it’s about. It’s become a powerful symbol on its own.

That’s not the only symbol that has become as familiar as the Nike swoosh. The rainbow flag is a beautiful symbol of LGBTQ social awareness. The color purple is associated with domestic violence awareness.

We know that it works. Rather than having a brochure that is torn up and forgotten, your cause can stay front and center. It will be the first thing people will see, and it will raise awareness on an ongoing basis.

Lapel pins are unique in their applications. You can add a lapel pin to a blazer or dress when heading to work. Simply put it on and forget about it.

When people see it, they’ll ask questions that will continue to raise awareness. It’s also a way for people to get to know who you are.

You can pin it on your purse or laptop bag, and it’ll always stay with you. You can also pin it onto a jean jacket or your shoes to add to a unique style. You can support something worthy by simply being yourself.

How to Use Lapel Pins Raise Awareness

Now you know the different ways a lapel pin can raise awareness, but how can you incorporate it into your fundraising strategy? Well, custom lapel pins are really unique and easy to use. They can be the perfect addition to your strategy to raise awareness for your cause.

Raise awareness with lapel pins
Raise Awareness with Lapel Pins

Gift for Employees

The best way to showcase your pin is by ensuring that your staff and employees are wearing them for every event. A beautifully designed lapel pin is actually worth every penny. You should be proud to wear that symbol.

When your employees wear it every day, it also becomes a symbol of your cause or organization. You want those colors and designs to remind people of your cause, so it continues to raise awareness.

For a Particular Event

Another way to raise awareness is to hand out lapel pins for a particular event. Ask people to wear the lapel pin rather than put it in their bag and forget it. Make them feel part of the community.

If people associate good memories with the lapel pin, they’ll wear it again. They’ll wear it often and in this way, you’ll be raising awareness. The most important part is to keep people interested in wearing the pin.

If they see your employees wear them, then they’ll be more inclined to wear them as they’ll feel part of the bigger whole. The more customized and unique it is, the better it is to raise awareness.

Thank You Gifts

If you have an event, it makes for a perfect thank you gift. You can add it to the swag bag at the end of a fundraising event. If it was a good event, then people will be excited to wear the pin.

They will be inspired to show support for the cause while wearing the pin. You can include a thank you letter and explain how thankful you are to them for wearing the pin and raising awareness.

Direct Mail Packaging

You can also include the custom lapel pin as part of your direct mail packaging. For those who donated last year, you can include it as a thank you gift. Give them ideas on how they can wear the lapel, whether it’s pinned to their sneakers or their blazer.

A custom lapel pin is small and easy to include in your direct mail packaging without impacting the cost of delivery. It can help you stand out from other companies.

Walk, Race, or Other Competition Registration

A good way to raise awareness is having a competition. Whether it’s a 5K walk or race, or an obstacle course, it’s something that people have trained for. They want to show others their achievement.

A lapel pin that shows that they are participating in this event can encourage people to wear it. If you have many events, they can collect the different custom lapel pins for the different events. For each 5K they run, they have a lapel pin to commemorate the moment.

Medals are nice, but people can’t wear them outside without feeling a little awkward. However, a lapel pin that provides proof that someone completed a 5K or a 10K is an easy way to show off one’s accomplishment.

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Now you know exactly how something so simple as a lapel pin can help to raise awareness for your cause. You can stand proud that you are supporting something important and not simply a brand name. You can design something beautiful and have that artwork displayed in your everyday attire.

If you have designed your pins for a cause, contact us for your free quote. Custom lapel pins are a great choice for promoting your brand, recognizing employees, or raising awareness of a cause for a fundraiser. Just send us your sketch, and our talented team of artists will design the perfect pin for you.

Where can you find high quality lapel pins

Where Can You Find High-Quality Lapel Pins? A Closer Look

Where Can You Find High-Quality Lapel Pins? A Closer Look

Finding high-quality lapel pins can be hard if you don’t know what to look for. Keep reading and learn where to look here.

Although the process of applying enamel inlay to metal artwork goes back thousands of years, it may surprise you to know that the history of the lapel pin isn’t that recent either. The earliest examples of work that could be considered quality lapel pins come from somewhere between the 13th and 14th centuries, in China.

Things haven’t changed a lot throughout the centuries, either. Many lapel pins still come from China.

But if you want to find the best lapel pins, it’s a good idea to know what to look for, and where to look. Read on to learn everything you need to know.

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Ben Kwok Custom Art Pins

Choose Your Supplier Wisely

There are a lot of enamel pin suppliers out there.. It means you have many options when it comes to ordering your pins, whether it’s for your business, your club, organization, or even personal collecting.

But it also means that it can be challenging to know whether a given supplier is the real deal or not. In order to find a reputable supplier, check out their customer reviews to review real customer experiences. Another smart idea would be to check out previous work in their image gallery or on their social media channels.

Know Your Supplier’s Policies

Before you submit your order, you should also know all of the policies your supplier has for the process. If you’re purchasing custom lapel pins, you should know ahead of time how many revisions to the design you’re entitled to, and also what return policies exist.

Many companies won’t accept returns on custom orders, so make sure you understand all of the policies and how to make sure you’re satisfied with your purchase.

Hard Enamel or Soft Enamel

One key question to ask yourself when you consider your lapel pin purchase is whether you want hard enamel or soft enamel pins. Some suppliers specialize in one method over the other, and some suppliers offer both. The criteria for a high-quality soft enamel pin are different from what you should look for in a hard enamel lapel pin, as well.

Soft enamel products tend to have more texture, because of the way that the enamel is applied and cured. The colored enamel fills in the recesses on the pin so that the colors don’t mingle, and the result is that the edges of the design stand out more clearly.

You can feel the outlines and recesses on the design, which is one reason that people prefer soft enamel for certain pins.

Hard enamel receives a gentle grinding over the surface, which results in a smooth finish with no ridges from the outlines of the recesses. For certain materials, like silver and gold, hard enamel is the best choice.

Die-Struck and Die-Cast

Other lapel pin options include die-struck pins and die-cast, both of which can be enamel products. Die-struck pins are made by using a machine to put a huge amount of pressure on a piece of metal, molding it without heating it very much. The pressure forces the metal into the correct shape for the design, and from there the piece can receive the enamel finish.

Die-casting involves melting down the metal and pouring it into a mold, letting it cool before applying enamel or other decorative touches.

For die-struck pieces, look for a crisp, clear definition of the design, and for higher density. Die-cast lapel pins should be clear of blisters, cracks, and flow marks.

Custom Quality Lapel Pins

Keep Budget in Mind

Budget is always an important factor in any purchase, but it’s important to keep mindful of the many upgrade options available when it comes to quality lapel pins. You should have an idea of the range of prices for the type of quality lapel pin you are wanting to make for your pin order.

Upgrade options can really enhance your custom lapel pin. Upgrade options range from plating option, glitter enamel, glow in the dark, and even show stopping blinkers! Just keep in mind that the more upgrades you add to your custom quality lapel pin, the more the price will increase. Another note worth mentioning about pins is that you can actually save money by ordering more lapel pins! Buying 100 pins may estimate at about $3.00+ per pin but if you buy 300 that price drops to $1.95 per pin!

Keep your budget in mind, but understand that quality and durability is more important than the lowest price.

Put a Premium on Shipping

Once you’ve ordered your lapel pins, you will want to receive them as quickly as possible. So before you pull the trigger, make sure you understand what the shipping options are, and how they’ll work for you.

Most quality lapel pin suppliers can offer competitive shipping rates since they do a high volume of shipping and get a discount. Depending on what you want your lapel pins for, choose the shipping type that keeps your purchase secure, while still getting it to you quickly. We, at MetalPromo, offer priority shipping FREE of charge!

Get The Most out of Your Lapel Pin Purchase

By knowing what to look for and where to look for quality lapel pins, you can get the most out of your purchase and know that you’ll enjoy your pin for years to come. Lapel pins are a great marketing tool, as well as a handy and creative way to celebrate your organization, a major victory, or any number of other causes.

Check out what you can do with custom lapel pins and more!


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