Choose a Lapel Pin type that is best for your design:
This process dates back centuries. Fine metal lines define and separate the color areas. Ground, colored glass are placed in the recessed areas, fired at high temperatures allowing the glass to melt into a smooth beautiful translucent or opaque material. Then the pin is polished to a high gloss. At that point it is finished with a gold, silver/nickel, or black plating. Glitter fill is also available. Perfect for jewelry style lapel pins or charms. Exact PMS color matching not available.
This lapel pin is most popular as a two-tone metal with no color. For this pin type the raised areas are polished to a high luster and the recessed areas are sandblasted to give depth. All metal types such as gold, silver and antiqued give a special classical finish. This lapel pin is highly recommended for its beauty and where a jewely type of look is desired
Die-Struck Pins (Soft Enamel-Color Filled)
The metal is the same thickness of the Cloisonné. The recessed areas are filled with soft enamel coloring. Less expensive than Cloisonné, with a similar look. PMS color matching is available for the enamel. Glitter fill is also available. These lapel pins have high and low spot when you run your finger across the surface. The high spots are the lines and solid letters or design while the low spots are the color fill areas.
Photo Etched Pins (with or without epoxy dome)
This process allows for finer detail than Cloisonné. The design is chemically etched into a lighter weight brass creating a thinner wall separating each color, soft enamel is poured into each section, then it is baked dry. Recommended to add an epoxy dome to protect the pin. This pin is the perfect option for finer detail and a lower cost. PMS color matching is available for the enamel. TRADING PIN favorite.
Ink is applied directly to the metal. This allows for registration of colors without the need to use metal separations. This process brings vivid colors and fine details to your project. PMS colors available.
Offset Printed or Photographic Pins
Have artwork, photo, or logo with lots of colors, halftones or gradations? This is the process for you. Photographically reproduces a full color image which is printed directly onto the metal pins base and covered with an epoxy dome.
Die struck color pins require a minimum of 2 weeks to make.