There are a number of factors to consider when selecting a custom lapel pin type. For example, your design and what you plan on doing with the pins can make a difference in which pin type offers the most value.
If you are looking to create a formal pin that will be awarded to employees or given to individuals to mark a specific achievement, you may want to use a hard enamel pin.
If you are looking to sell your custom lapel pins or to create decorative pins that show the wearer’s allegiance to a specific cause, you may want to use a soft enamel pin, whose textured surface will draw favorable attention.
If you are not sure what pin type makes the most sense for you, contact our customer service team for guidance. Now here is more information about the five main types of custom lapel pins that we produce here at Vivipins:
Soft Enamel Pins –
This is by far the most popular pin-style in today’s marketplace with as many as 90% of all pin customers choosing this style. The main reason it is so popular is because it offers precision design for a low cost. Here are more details about popular soft enamel pins:
These pins are made from an iron or zinc alloy base, which is then filled with enamel color. The resulting pin has a textured, or grooved, surface with high and low areas that give the design greater depth and “artistic warmth.”
Something to keep in mind about soft enamel pins is that all colors that are used in the pin design have to be solid with no gradients or shading. Also, all different colors are separated by metal lines. One more thing, with this type of pin custom shapes can be produced at no additional cost.
Hard Enamel Pins –
While soft enamel pins are the most popular type of pin, hard enamel finishes a close second place behind the leader. The main difference between hard enamel and soft enamel pins is that with hard enamel pins the enamel color is filled to the very top of the mold and then polished flat.
In other words, hard enamel pins have a smooth, polished surface compared to soft enamel pins which have a rough or textured surface. The smooth surface of hard enamel pins makes them a great choice for clients looking for a more formal pin presentation – for example, for achievement or award pins.
It may help you to separate these two pin types by thinking of them this way: hard enamel is a more serious pin while soft enamel is a more fun pin.
One more thing, hard enamel pins are slightly more expensive than soft enamel pins due to the extra work that goes into polishing or smoothing the surface.
Other than the differences in surface and cost, soft and hard enamel pins are very similar, including custom shapes are allowed in hard enamel pins with no additional cost – just like with soft enamel pins.
Printed Pins –
This pin style is ideal for designs that are highly detailed and require color shading or color gradients. With this type of pin, the design is printed instead of a mold being filled with enamel color. The printing process produces a pin that is highly detailed but has a lower perceived value than soft enamel or hard enamel pins. A couple of things to know about printed pins:
They are usually covered with an epoxy to improve their durability and custom shapes are allowed at no additional cost.
Diestruck Pins –
This pin type is similar to soft enamel pins in many ways with the big difference being no color is used. The end result is you get an antique metal looking pin with a textured surface and no color. Custom shapes of this pin type can be produced with no increase in cost.
Sand Blast Polished Pins –
This final type of pin is similar to diestruck pins; however, the surface is polished flat instead of textured. With this style of pin you get a shiny metal surface that features no colors.
Please note: For rush custom lapel pins, please contact our customer service team for design and material options and a projected timeline.