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Lapel Pins

Lapel Pin Plating Options

When designing a custom lapel pin, plating choice will play a critical role in how your pin design will look once produced.

Plating is an important part of the production process, in which an extra layer of metal is added onto the outside of the lapel pin.    

Watch our video about lapel pin plating options.


A polished plating will provide a brilliant, reflective surface. This is often the best choice for enamel pins. bold, raised features such as text logos will stand out under any ligh

For polished plating, you can choose gold, copper, brass, silver, nickel, or black nickel.

An antique plating will create a non-reflective surface, perfect for more elaborate designs with many metal elements in close proximity. The recessed areas of the design will have a slightly darker finish. This creates extra contrast to make the elements of your design stand out, Perfect for die struck pins or designs with a lot of raised & recessed metal.For antique plating, you can choose from antique gold, copper, brass, silver, or nickel.

If you want to really take your design to the next level, two-tone plating is an option used to create a distinctive look. two-tone plating utilizes a masking process to use two different platings on the same pin.  

A growing trend in recent years is rainbow anodized plating. Created by a process in which an electrical charge is passed through the metal while it is submerged in a chemical solution. the result is a dynamic finish that changes color when viewed from different angles.

For some designs, A painted coating will look best. for example, you may want the coating to match with your existing design, to avoid the visible line that plating exhibits around the outside. Any Pantone color is available, so there is plenty of room for creativity.   

If you want to know more about lapel pins and lapel pin types, or our other custom metal products, check out our youtube channel or visit our website for more information regarding lapel pins and metal promotional products. Interested in getting your own custom lapel pin? Complete our no obligation form to get started on your next lapel pin project.

Different Types of Lapel Pins

When it comes to creating custom lapel pins, the type of pin you choose will have a large impact on the overall look and feel of the custom pin. Continue on to learn more about the different types of lapel pins.

Watch our video to learn more about different lapel pin types.



A common choice for lapel pins is soft enamel. For these pins, our manufacturing process uses raised and recessed metal to separate the enamel paint that makes up the design. This results in a high-quality custom lapel pin with a natural look and a textured surface.

Hard Enamel pins are similar in their use of enamel paint, but an additional process is used in which the enamel is polished to be flush with the metal for a smooth, jewelry-like finish.

If you’re looking for a more classic or traditional appearance, die struck is another great option. Instead of using enamel paint, die struck utilizes the raised and recessed areas of metal to display your design. For die struck pins, plating choice will have a large impact on the overall look of the design.  


Due to their versatility and lower cost, Offset printed pins are another popular choice. there are no thin metal lines separating the colors. This means your design can have complex details and gradual color changes, to display an exact match for your existing design materials.

If you need pins on a tight deadline, ask us about quick pins. You can choose from a variety of in-stock shapes and sizes to display your design on a printed pin. In most cases, If you order by 10:30am eastern time, you can have them delivered the same week, with free tracking and shipping anywhere in the United States.

If you want to know more about lapel pins and lapel pin types, or our other custom metal products, check out our youtube channel or visit our website for more information regarding lapel pins and metal promotional products. Interested in getting your own custom lapel pin? Complete our no obligation form to get started on your next lapel pin project.

All About Pins: 5 Fun Facts You Didn’t Know About Lapel Pins

Thought you knew all about lapel pins? Think again. Boost your knowledge with these interesting facts and helpful tips about lapel pins.

From recognizing special achievements to practicing a little self-expression, lapel pins are a great way to wear a stylish accessory with pride. If you’re wondering where the lapel pin came from and what it means, look no further.

Check out this handy guide to learn five fun facts all about pins that you might not know about, so read on to learn more!

1. Lapel Pins Are Inspired by Boutonnieres

As the men’s suit started to become a fashion staple, seamstresses and designers added a hole in the lapel. This hole was originally designed to keep fresh flowers, giving the man a look of wealth and distinction. As time went on, this hole, also called a boutonniere, was referred to as the “buttonhole flower.” It originated as far back as the 16th century and is considered a sign of wealth, good luck, and protection.

Boutonnieres

During the 19th century, the boutonniere was accompanied by other accessories on the lapel like jewel-encrusted pins and watch chains, which eventually also lead to the lapel pin. What better way for men to express themselves than to add a unique and shiny pin to their already well-made suit?

2. Pins as a Status Symbol

Brooches and lapel pins have been used for centuries as a way to show off someone’s affiliation with a specific part of society. While women tended to wear jewelry to showcase their wealth, men tended to sport lapel pins. Italian men were all about pins as they wore a fancy brooch also called an enseigne. This pin was usually worn on the brim of a hat to show that they made a successful religious pilgrimage.

For some people, the pins were a protection charm that helped to prevent danger. However, the most impressive way people wore lapel pins was to show an affiliation with the military or as a part of a particular group.

3. All About Pins: Soft and Hard Enamel

Today’s lapel pins are usually made enamel which combines color, durability, and affordability. Soft enamel is typically more affordable and is a perfect option for casual wear or for giving out team awards. Lapel pins made of soft enamel are the most widely used thanks to their colorful designs and practicality. And while hard enamel lapel pins are similar to soft enamel, they also have a few distinguishing features.

A hard enamel pin is heated to increase its strength. Once the pin is dry, it has a smooth, crisp finish that helps it showcase much more intricate detail. These pins are geared toward the more fashion-conscious wearer, but both are equally durable and can be made in any design.

4. How Do Lapel Pins Stay in Place?

The clasp or backing of the pin is what keeps it neatly attached to your lapel, hat, bag, or anything else you choose. These attachments come in a variety of different designs depending on the manufacturer and your preference.

Stick pins are the original lapel pin and they’re easy to use thanks to their simple design. The pin itself is attached to a slender metal stick and then placed directly into the buttonhole. A thin needle at the top slides up and down to secure or release the pin for ease of use.

Today’s lapel pins are often found with a butterfly clutch. This mechanism was made popular by the military and features a sharp point on the back of the pin with a metal “butterfly” attachment. You simply squeeze the sides of the butterfly to release the pin, then press down to reattach it.

Other examples of lapel pin attachments include a magnetic design. Using two strong magnets, the wearer just places the pin on the outside of the garment and sticks the other magnet on the reverse to keep it in place. The most secure form is called a screw and nut, and all you do is simply screw the nut behind the pin in place to keep it neatly on the lapel.

5. Pins Can Be Used for Anything

One wonderful thing about pins is that they can be created in almost any design imaginable. This makes lapel pins a great way to recognize achievements, give out awards, or to use as a fashion accessory.

Many sports teams use lapel pins so fans can show off their team, or they can be given to teams as an award. You’ll also find these pins on police officers, firefighters, and others who work in the public sector too.

Lapel pins can be worn as a symbol of a specific group, a sign of military ranking, or they can even be worn by employees to show off a company logo. And, since these pins can be made into almost anything, they’re easy to customize. Many artists create their own unique designs in the form of a lapel pin. From animated characters to your favorite rock band, these accessories are the perfect form of self-expression.

Make Your Pin Unique

Now that you know all about pins, it’s easy to see why they’re such a beloved item. Choose a pin for your organization, sports team, or school to give people an accessory to be proud of. What once began as a man’s fashion accessory for the suit, today’s pins are worn by everyone and on everything.

Visit our website for a huge selection of free art and amazing pins, and contact us today to get a free quote on all your lapel pin needs.

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.

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.

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.