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6 Hot Tips to Design Distinctive Sports Club Enamel Pins

Enamel pins for your sports club are a great way to build team loyalty and spirit. Pin them to lapels, kit bags, even hats! Here’s how to design your pins.

Enamel pins adorn the lapels of sports fans everywhere.

These iconic collectibles have boomed in popularity in recent years. However, they’ve gone hand in hand with sports for decades.

Indeed, Olympic pins have been around for 123 years! They’ve been purchased, sported and traded by avid fans and collectors around the world since 1896.

All sports teams benefit from having branded enamel pins designed and manufactured. They create a sense of solidarity among teammates and fans alike.

The best pins are a badge of honor. They provide an inconspicuous means of celebrating and supporting your team, no matter the situation.

But first, you have to design something people will be proud to wear! Want to learn how to do it?

Read on for 6 top tips for designing epic enamel pins for your sports club.

1. Start With a Sketch

All good design work begins with a preliminary concept.

This is a basic idea of how you want your final pin to look. Think of it as a blueprint. You need to establish an initial draft of the end product.

Putting pencil to paper and sketching out your ideas is the best way to do it.

Don’t try and be perfect from the get-go! All great design goes through iterations. Your first sketches will inevitably be edited over time. First, though, you need to brainstorm a selection of different options and pick the best of them.

Look for inspiration anywhere.

Of course, you have a distinct advantage if your sports team already has a logo. You can simply take that logo (or elements of it) and transform it into a pin design.

Alternatively, think about the name, mascot and ‘personality’ of the team. For example, are you known as ‘the ravens’, ‘the lions’, or ‘the wolves’, etc? Then work those animals into the design.

2. Remember Practicalities

Okay, you’ve settled on a design that you and your teammates like.

It’s time to look at it with a critical eye.

Designing a lapel pin demands a focus on practicality as well. Unlike a mere logo, this design will be made into a physical product for people to wear. Through constraints of the manufacturing process, you can’t necessarily do everything you want!

Gaps between parts of the drawing mean holes need cutting, patterns demand complex processes, and so on.

That extra detail may look awesome in your drawing. But it might translate to a messy final product.

Equally, as a rule of thumb, simpler designs are cheaper designs. More work for the manufacturer means more money for you to pay them.

Simplify your design by removing unnecessary detail and avoiding complex shapes and styles.

3. Consider the Size

The size of your enamel pin is another key consideration.

Again, it has practical and aesthetic implications.

Think about the shape and size of your design. Most pins are approximately 1 to 1.5 inches in length. However, you find pins as small as 0.5 inches and as large as 2 inches.

Smaller pins may be easier to sport and display. However, they also reduce the level of detail you can get away with. Likewise, they can be fiddly and easier to lose.

Larger pins can be cumbersome and sit awkwardly on the lapel, bag, display board, and so on. Multiple pin posts may be required on the back to help anchor it.

Draw out scale versions of your pin design in different sizes. This will give you a better idea of how the final product will look, fit and feel.

4. Make a Digital Copy

Your sketch will need transferring to digital form.

A digital copy is helpful in multiple ways. First and foremost, pin manufacturers normally require it! Now, we always send customers a digital copy, prior to manufacture, for them to sign off.

However, not all manufacturers do – some offer to create a digital file for you, but it’s likely to come at a cost. Some people opt to do it themselves as a result.

‘Vector files’ of your design will support the manufacturing process. This means the size of the design can be altered on-screen without impacting its quality.

Many different pieces of design software are available to carry out the task. Photoshop, of course, is the most common and comprehensive. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most expensive! Adobe Illustrator is another example.

Thankfully, there are free-to-use options too. GIMP and Inkscape are both free to download, with a bit of practice, totally fit for purpose. This guide should help you find the best program for you.

5. Decide the Finish

This penultimate step has two major implications:

Price and aesthetics.

It’s time to decide the craft/finish of your enamel pin.

Generally speaking, there are two primary options to decide between: soft and hard enamel. The one you choose will affect the cost and appearance of your pin.

Soft enamel is cheaper. However, it’s also less durable in nature, which makes pins susceptible to scratches in the absence of an epoxy coating.

This enamel has a concave appearance, where metal lines rise above the enamel. It’s less smooth to touch.

Hard enamel is your premium product! You pay more for what’s a high-quality, long-lasting and durable material. The finish is hard, flat, smooth to touch, and polished in nature.

The best choice for you will depend on your budget.

6. Decide the Backing

The back for your enamel pin is just as important as the front.

You need to decide how your pin will actually function! There are all sorts of backings to choose between. As you might expect, factors of price, durability, and style come into play again.

Everything from a classic safety pin design to a butterfly clutch and basic stick pin is possible.

It depends entirely on your wants and needs. This post on how to wear a lapel pin might help you choose.

Finally, all that’s left to do is send your design to a pin manufacturer, like us, to bring your design to fruition!

Time to Design Your Enamel Pins

There you have it: 6 top tips for designing a distinctive enamel pin for your sports team.

Recent years have seen an explosion in pin popularity. However, enamel pins have been enjoyed by sports teams and fans for decades.

They’re the perfect way to show support and create a sense of togetherness around the team.

Hopefully, this post has provided the information you need to design the best pin possible.

Want to make your pin idea a reality? Click here to get a free quote for its manufacture.

Fundraising Products Lapel Pins

Promotional Fundraising Products: 5 Reasons to Use Lapel Pins

Promotional fundraising products are the best way to launch your program or offer commemorative souvenirs and what better way than with custom lapel pins!

Spreading awareness for your charity or fundraiser can be hard work.

It’s necessary work, however. If you can’t find the proper support for your cause, then it’ll be incredibly difficult to maintain your funds, let alone increase them.

That’s why you need fundraising products. Something that someone can take home, wear, and use to tell other people about your cause. Lapel pins are a great example of how fundraising products can start conversations and spread awareness.

Lapel pins have been used to spread awareness dating all the way back to the mid 19th century. At that time, they were used mostly to campaign for political candidates, but as the years have gone on, the uses for pins like these have multiplied.

In this post, we’re going to give you 5 great reasons to use lapel pins for your fundraiser. The best way to appeal and spread a positive message to people is by using…you guessed it, other people. Let’s talk lapel pins.

Why Fundraising Products Work

The hardest thing for fundraisers to do is actually generate interest in the cause that they’re raising funds for. Unless a person is specifically affected by a certain cause, it can be hard to get someone to really care enough to donate.

Fundraising products allow non-profit and charity organizations to create incentive around giving donations. Instead of quietly donating their money to your cause, the person gets a token of their donation and your appreciation. It’s a nice way to commemorate a truly good deed.

There’s a lot more to it though. Most people are far more likely to donate to a charity or fundraiser when they’ve received a gift. You can also take it one step farther and sell your fundraising products to ensure that you get a return on them.

The advertising benefits are also obvious. If you give away or sell a wearable fundraising product, then you’re creating a walking advertising campaign, allowing more people to become aware of your fundraiser and increasing the likelihood of donations.

This is why lapel pins are so effective. Next, we’re going look at why lapel pins make the perfect wearable fundraising product for your charity fundraiser.

5 Reasons to Use Lapel Pins

Lapel pins first popped up in the form of campaign pins in the mid 19th century. One of the oldest examples of the campaign pin was with Abe Lincoln’s campaign in the 1860s. Even since then, these pins have been widely used to display devotion and spread support for presidential candidates.

Needless to say, this form of support has spread to other areas, including charitable fundraising and the non-profit sector. So, what makes a good lapel pin?

It has to look good, for one. But, it also needs to convey the underlying message of the fundraising campaign in a concise way. The best lapel pins will build awareness around the branding of the fundraiser. This is how you get people of all demographics to pay attention.

1. Cheap Way to Spread Awareness

Politicians used to call their campaign pins “walking billboards” and while that kind of bluntness may dehumanize your donors, it’s not untrue. Giving away lapel pins for people to put on their jackets or shirts allows your message to spread in a silent but effective way.

A well-designed lapel pin will start conversations and lead to more awareness around your fundraiser. Whether it’s a school fundraiser or you’re raising funds for a charitable donation to a cause, building awareness is always the name of the game.

2. They Can Lead to Donations

Giving away your fundraiser’s lapel pins builds awareness, but it can also lead directly to donations. Young people are the most likely to make charitable donations and they’re even more likely to do so after they’ve been given a gift. In short, your investment in lapel pins will pay off quickly.

You don’t have to give them away, though. You can sell your lapel pins and turn an immediate profit so that you don’t have to rely on “donation.” With a good company at the helm, they’ll be cheap to make, so you can earn good money by selling your lapel pins for even $5.

3. Build Your Brand to Achieve Long Term Goals

Brand building is the best way to create long-term waves in the fundraising world. Campaigns like Livestrong, Breast Cancer Awareness, and Project Life Jacket show us how branding can take off and bring fundraising to a completely new level.

Even on a local level, you can make branding with your lapel pins a priority. Accompany your pins with a great social media campaign and you’ll be off to the races. Campaigns with great branding go viral quickly these days.

4. They’re Collectable

Pins are collectible items. Surely you’ve seen jean-jacket wearing kids walking down the street with their denim covered in pins. There are other people that keep their pin collections at home, on a corkboard, or in safekeeping.

Give these people an attractive new pin to add to their collection. It’ll be a wonderful reminder of the donation that they once made to your fundraiser.

5. You Can Always Keep It Fresh

Since lapel pins are cheap to make and act as a small token of a donation, you can keep designing new ones and giving them away. You can keep the fundraiser alive with new branding and a fresh marketing campaign.

If you’re doing a yearly fundraiser, you can make a new pin design each year and give them to your donors so they can start a collection. You could even create a marketing campaign centered around your pins to drum up awareness around the fundraiser when you notice donations decline.

Get Your Lapel Pins Made Today

The value of fundraising products cannot be understated. If you want your fundraiser to be legit, then make sure you’re offering these products to your donors.

To get your lapel pins made, visit us at Metalpromo today. We offer custom soft and hard lapel pins that work great for fundraisers, educational purposes, and military service. While you’re there, check out our blog for more information on the value of a great pin.

Corporate Pins

Boost Your Team-Building Efforts Through Corporate Pins

Corporate pins can be effective in creating a culture that brings team members on board with your vision. Learn how to make pins that unite your employees.

Corporate Pins

Keeping your employees happy is more about your corporate culture than the salary they make. Did you know that 88 percent of people looking for jobs consider your company’s mission and culture the most important things to consider?

In fact, 32 percent of job seekers choose positive corporate cultures instead of more money. So, it’s crucial to create a company culture that appreciates and rewards employees to attract and keep your best talent for team building.

Do you have an employee appreciation program in place?

Read more to find out how you can inspire a corporate culture that rewards employees for a job well done. For example, giving corporate pins to your top performers makes them feel like they’re part of your team.

Build Team Loyalty with a Positive Company Culture

The basis of a positive company culture is putting the opinions, feelings, goals and personal lives of your employees first. They want to feel appreciated and need all the positive feedback you can give them. This is a sure sign of a caring employer, which builds team loyalty and retains talent.

One of the ways to show your appreciation is to award gifts to dedicated team members. For example, if your team collaborates on a project, accepts and adapts to challenges and gets the job done, you can reward them with teamwork lapel pins.

Every time the team members wear the pin, they take pride in the project they accomplished and in their relationship with you. It’s a win-win for both you and your team.

The teamwork pins are an outward sign of your positive company culture. It also shows that your employees are happy and appreciated. When your customers see loyal employees, they’re more likely to become loyal customers.

Employee Engagement Boosts Productivity

Engage and listen to your employees, encouraging them to be creative and offer their opinions. This builds trust and challenges them to reach the goals you set. Always take a few minutes out of your day to share personal time with your team. This builds up your team’s spirit.

To take employee engagement on step further and strengthening a positive company culture, reward their unique talents with personalized gifts. This lets them know their opinions matter to you. By building trust and relationships, you’ll see an increase in performance and profits.

Appreciating Years of Loyal Service

Another hallmark that your culture strengthens loyalty is when you recognize your employees’ years of service. For example, you can give employees different styles of lapel pins for their first year, fifth year or twentieth year of service.

Employee lapel pins are also thoughtful gifts for retiring employees who helped you reach your company goals. They can pass these pins on to their children and grandchildren as heirlooms.

These pins are personalized and emotional gifts that show how you appreciate them as friends, not just employees.

Reward Employees for Just Doing Something Right

You don’t have to give employee lapel pins just for special occasions. Reward and recognize your team when you see them doing something right. Each day is an opportunity to show how much you care. This motivates your employees and strengthens your relationship with them.

Your employees need this kind of positive reinforcement. Make an effort to praise them every day. When you recognize their hard work, they’ll become enthusiastic and motivated to perform better as a team.

Lapel pins aren’t just for suits anymore. Your employees can wear them on casual apparel, such as golf shirts, cardigans, sport shirts, dresses, blouses and any other style of clothing. If your lapel pins highlight your company logo, it creates unity in the workplace.

Logo pins are also effective marketing tools that extend your reach. Wherever your employees wear the logo pins, they’re building your brand.

Commemorate Employees’ Special Occasions

Creating a company culture that puts your employees first encourages respect, support and fun. One way to put fun into the workplace is to celebrate your employees’ birthdays, new babies, anniversaries and holidays.

Make it a point to get all your employees in on the celebrations by offering your congratulations at a team gathering. Then you can present birthday or special occasion pins, coins or medals as gifts.

Welcome New Hires with Corporate Pins

Welcoming your new hires on their first day and introducing them to the team make a positive impression from the start. When you engage new employees, it gives them an idea of your business values and company culture.

Explain your expectations and onboarding process with them so they’re comfortable in the workplace. Give them encouragement and explain your goals and vision. Letting them know how they fit in with your vision makes it a personal and welcoming experience for them.

Presenting them with a welcome gift, such as a corporate pin will show them they made the right choice to work for your company.

Schedule Regular Evaluations

Your employees want to know how they’re doing. Follow up with them regularly with feedback and performance evaluations.

Praise them for their efforts, enthusiasm, positive attitudes and accepting challenges. By reinforcing positive performance, you show your respect and appreciation for what they do for your business. This builds morale and drives performance.

Evaluations are another opportunity to present employee pins that show you value your staff’s ongoing loyalty and performance. Also, try to match the gift to the achievement. Your top performers deserve a more substantial gift to keep them motivated.

Continue to Show You Care

Of course, salary is important to your staff. But, the thing that encourages and motivates them to do their best is thoughtful, personal recognition that signifies you value and appreciate them.

One of the strongest motivators is a positive corporate culture and the knowledge that you take the time to praise their efforts. Always present the rewards with sincerity and honesty, whether you’re giving corporate pins, medals or other rewards.

These types of gifts are simple, personal gestures that reward your shining stars and boost team-building.

Contact us for more information about employee recognition lapel pins to promote corporate teamwork and build your brand.

How to wear a lapel pin

How to Wear a Lapel Pin with Panache

How to wear a lapel pin

Want to know how to wear a lapel pin the right way? Use this guide to learn proper pin placement and other tips for stylish wear.

Suit up and let your confidence shine. But, don’t forget your trendy lapel pin to add swag to your dapper look. In the world of suits, lapel pins have become a fashion statement.

Today, if you don’t wear a lapel pin, it’s a fashion faux pas. Whether you’re dressing for a day at the office, a wedding or a romantic dinner for two, lapel pins add a touch of class to your suit.

Do you know how to wear a lapel pin?

Read more to find out the correct lapel pin etiquette so you can create a personal fashion statement.

Start with Unconventional Suits

Black suits and white shirts are not for the modern fashion-minded man or woman. If you are a suit lover, put some pizzazz in your suit choices. Try pale or mid-grey and blue. If you want to get really bold, go for windowpane check or glen plaid.

Remember to pair a solid color shirt if you wear a patterned blazer. This gives your outfit a balanced look.

If you prefer putting together separate jackets and trousers to highlight your creative fashion taste, perhaps you would like a seersucker or linen blazer in unconventional colors like pink, raspberry or green. Pair up your blazer with neutral-colored trousers.

Once you’ve made your suit choice, it’s time to dress it up with a lapel pin that gives a finishing touch.

Finishing Touches for a Dapper Look

You can go one step further to add panache to your suit with one of the many lapel pin styles. It’s a simple hack that pulls together your formal, business or casual style together, letting you really stand apart. This is especially true for the latest fashion trend of wide lapels.

When you want a polished look, wearing a lapel pin does the trick. Depending on your suit style, you can choose from several types of pin accessories. For example, you can select classy stick pins, floral lapel pins, magnetic pins, and motif pins.

Floral lapel pins are a popular choice for formal events like wedding and anniversary parties. Wearing a motif pin to a particular event is trending right now. For instance, if you were attending the Kentucky Derby, a horse lapel pin would be apropos.

Having a lapel pin collection on hand for every occasion ensures you’ll reach whatever look you hope to achieve.

Lapel Pin Styles

When you begin collecting lapel pins, try to select a few from each style. That way, you’ll always be ready with the perfect pin.

Here are the most common types of lapel pins:

  • Soft enamel
  • Hard enamel
  • Glitter
  • Metal
  • Crystals
  • Printed
  • Customized

Keep your wardrobe in mind when choosing your pins. Do you want casual badges or formal stick pins and boutonnieres? Also, you can customize your pins to reflect your fashion sense.

If you love sports, consider sport’s pin of your favorite teams. You can also select military pins if you’re a veteran or club pins for an organization you belong to. Logo pins are also an option if you want to build the brand of your business.

How to Wear a Lapel Pin

Once you select a lapel pin with flair, you want to make sure you wear it correctly. Lapel pin placement is important if you want to dress to impress.

You might be wondering, “What side does a lapel pin go on?”

You attach your lapel pin to your left-side lapel. If you have a suit or blazer with a buttonhole, that’s where you place the pin. When your jacket doesn’t have a buttonhole, you attach your lapel pin where the buttonhole would normally be located.

How to Attach Your Lapel Pin to Your Suit Jacket

Lapel pins attach to your suit or blazer is different ways depending on the styles. If you have a screw back pin or clutch back pin, all you do is push the tack through your lapel. Then push on the back piece by either pressing the butterfly clasp together or screwing on the back.

When you’re wearing a stick pin, push the needle through your lapel and that’s it. You can either leave the bottom of the pin hidden inside your lapel or let the bottom of the pin showing through your lapel.

Alternative Lapel Pin Placement

Can you still wear a lapel pin when you’re not wearing a suit or a blazer? The answer is, yes. Here are a few alternative ways to wear a lapel pin to jazz up any outfit.

Tie

When you’re wearing a tie without a blazer, you can attach the lapel pin to your tie. Place the pin near the center of your tie. But, if you’re wearing a blazer, opt for the lapel for pin placement.

Dress Shirt

If you’re just wearing a dress shirt with no blazer, you can attach your lapel pin to the left side of your shirt. Position it above your heart where a blazer buttonhole would usually be.

Golf Shirt

When wearing a golf or polo style shirt, you can still wear a lapel pin. Just like a dress shirt, place the lapel pin on the left side above your heart.

Coat

Attaching lapel pins to coats and jackets is a popular way to display pins. When you’re wearing an everyday coat, attach badge style pins and mini pins.

If you’re wearing a formal coat for dressy occasions, wear your lapel pin on the coat’s left lapel. For coats without lapels, you can pin it to your collar.

Wear Lapel Pins for Every Occasion

Now that you know how to wear a lapel pin, start adding panache to your suits and everyday wear. You can find lapel pins for every occasion, whether you’re dressing for work, clubbing, networking, conventions or special occasions.

Contact us for more information on lapel pins that create a finishing touch for all your suits and jackets.

 

 

die-struck-pins

Customizing a Classic: The Process of Die Struck Pins

What makes die struck pins a popular lapel pin of choice? The metal gets compressed into a desired design which makes this one a classic for service personnel.

Your employees have shown exceptional work throughout the past year. The students are your university took their last final and are ready to celebrate their accomplishments. The police officers in your department have overcome several hurdles in the past couple of months.

No matter what your situation is, die struck pins are a great way to show your appreciation to your students, employees, club members, and so much more. Rewarding those who have done an excellent job at their specific task is the best way to boost their confidence and give them something to show for it. Here’s how die struck lapel pins are made and why you should choose them.

How Die Struck Pins Are Made

The first step is to choose which design you want to be displayed on the pin. Then, a die or a mold is created depending on your chosen design. Although other metals are available, iron, copper, or brass metals are usually what these pins are made from.

These soft metals allow for the best of details. The die or mold is used to cast the lapel pin and a trimming tool cuts the outside of the pin to form your desired shape. For a unique finish, the pin is texturized.

A finish is applied as one of the last steps in the creation process. The final product is a jewelry-resembling pin.

Custom Die Struck Lapel Pins

Die struck lapel pins are fully customizable. They are comparable to soft enamel pins without the use of color enamel. The lack of color enamel gives die struck pins a classic look.

They’re great for a classy look with still providing the option of customization. Depending on your die struck pins need, you can add glitter, crystals, blinkers, and any design of your choice. Your choices for the back of the pins includes a magnet, a safety pin, a long pin, screw back, button clutch, an earring post, and more.

Why Choose Die Struck Lapel Pins

Die struck pins are made with durability in mind. They’ll last for years to come without worry of fading or breaking. This type of pin is of high-quality because the design is impressed into the pin’s metal.

The process of making die struck pins is traditional and is usually the first step in making several other types of custom pins. These types of pins stand out amongst the others because of their raised surface and textured background with a polished finish. This is the best type of pin to buy if looking for a design that does not require a printed image or color enamel.

The die struck pin rather has a more antique look to it and are best-suited for designs with clean lines. Die struck pins are the ideal choice when looking for service pins, anniversary pins, recognition pins, or even corporate logo pins.

The Versatility of Die Struck Pins

Because die struck pins are durable and classic looking, they can be used in several different ways and for many different events. This is one of the reasons why this type of pin is so popular. It’s even possible to create the pins with an antique finish, which gives the illusion that the pins are very old.

If your reason for purchasing a lapel pin wasn’t one of the reasons listed above, don’t panic. These pins are extremely versatile and will work great for any occasion. You have the ability to fully customize your die struck pins so they can be made to fit any circumstance.

How to Design Your Die Struck Pin

Do you already have an idea in mind for your pin? If so, then you’ve already started the process! Take your idea and let us know what you’re thinking.

These pins are made in the size and shape of your choice so your customization options are endless.

We offer free design services that will work with you and your idea to bring it to life. Not sure where to begin? If you don’t already have an exact design in mind, then our team of design artist will work with you to come up with something you love.

If you’re ever not satisfied with a product, don’t hesitate to let our team of artist know. They’ll continue to put out ideas and make tweaks as needed until you are completely satisfied. Once you’ve approved a design, the die struck pin is made and inspected before being shipped to you.

How to Order Your Custom Die Struck Pins

By filling out our price quote form, you’ll receive a free quote for the kind of die struck pins that you’re looking for. This’ll get your process started. Contact us, and we’ll walk you through our easy ordering guide.

Before contacting us for your quote, it’s best to have a general idea in mind of what you’d like. If you’re not sure about an exact design that you’d like, think about the size and shape of the pin. Have an idea in mind of how many pins you’ll need for your event and what you expect out of the pin.

Have a budget already set and check out our pricing for lapel pins. Once you have all of this information gathered, it’s time to place your order!

Let MetalPromo be Your Choice for Die Struck Pins

Here at MetalPromo, we pride ourselves in always keeping a promise. Our team of artist and designers won’t stop until you’re completely satisfied with a product. We only create the highest of quality pins, and we’ll keep you informed along the creation process.

Contact us today to see how we can help you. And be sure to check out what other custom pin styles we have to offer!

Soft enamel pins vs hard enamel pins

Soft Enamel Pins vs. Hard Enamel: What’s the Difference?

A common question when designing a custom lapel pin is what’s the difference between soft enamel pins and hard enamel? The answer is in the details of the pin.

Have you been noticing all of these cool lapel pins and might want to get some for yourself? Wondering how you get started and what you need to know? You’ve come to the right place.

With lapel pins making a comeback, you have a lot of options that you can choose from to customize and make the pin everything you imagined it to be.

One of the decisions you have to make is between soft enamel pins and hard enamel pins. What does that mean? For someone that hasn’t gotten lapel pins before, those terms probably don’t mean much.

If you’d like to find out more about lapel pins and what you need to consider when you are creating them, keep reading to learn the difference between soft enamel and hard enamel pins.

How to Create a Soft Enamel Pin

Soft enamel is a very popular type of pin. It gives the pin a raised texture look which also feels a little different than hard enamel pins when they are finished.

The image you want gets stamped into the metal and then cut down to the right size. This can be anywhere from a small pin, such as 0.5″, to a large 4″ pin.

The soft enamel metal plating process, such as with gold or nickel, has to happen before the enamel gets filled. Because of this, only some of the metal finishes that you may like can actually be done with soft enamel.

For a pin to become plated with a colorful metal, such as black or another custom color, you can only use soft enamel. The enamel gets added in after the plating process to the recessed areas.

When finished and the enamel is dry, you may notice that the enamel has a soft and bumpy feel to it. If you would like, epoxy resin can coat the soft enamel if desired. This helps to flatten the enamel a little more and also give it more protection.

How to Make Hard Enamel Pins

These types of pins are more durable and sturdy than soft enamel pins. A lot of people will choose this pin instead because it has a very clean look.

Hard enamel pins become filled with the color enamel after the image is stamped in and cut out. Each color is cured in the oven one at a time, which can add to the expense of this pin because it takes a lot more time.

The pin is then polished down to be smooth and flat with the metal die lines. Because the grinding process is crucial, not all metal finishes work with the hard enamel pins. Gold or silver metal plating are some common options that you may use with a hard enamel pin.

After the colors are added and the pin has been polished, it is electroplated and polished one more time. This completes the pin.

The polishing process is done multiple times and it makes it a little harder to get specific detail in hard enamel, such as thin lines or small engravings.

Hard vs. Soft Enamel Pins: Which is Better?

The truth is that most designs that you may want, whether it is an image or a drawing, can likely be done with either option. A big part of the decision will come from your own preference on which you like better.

The way that both of these types of pins look are way different from each other. Hard enamel is much more refined and smooth while soft enamel is a little more quirky and unique. Another difference is that soft enamel can really get all of those minute details onto the pin while hard enamel is going to look a little bit more specific each time.

A big part of the decision may be the price. Soft enamel is notoriously cheaper than hard enamel because it does not involve such an intense process to make. Hard enamel pins have to be polished and cured several times to achieve their look.

You may decide that one type is better for certain occasions while the other type is more suitable for other occasions. For example, military lapel pins can be made from hard enamel because it may look more professional and classic.

The great news is that you can easily make custom lapel pins that work with either soft enamel or hard enamel. If you have an event coming up or just want to make some pins for fun, you may want to experiment with both options to see which you like better.

One of the great things about being able to make these types of pins is that you can be creative! The sky is the limit and you can make pins that showcase exactly what you were hoping for.

Choosing the Best Lapel Pin for You

When you are deciding between soft enamel pins and hard enamel pins, it comes down to what you like the best and what you plan to do with the pin.

Remember that hard enamel pins are more durable, but they also cost a little more to make. A soft enamel pin is a little less scratch-resistant, but it can have a unique look about it that is hard to find elsewhere.

If you want to get some information about our lapel pins and how you can order them, check out our website to learn more. We have plenty of options to choose from!