CUSTOM LAPEL PINS STYLE
Custom Lapel Pins: Exclusive Guide (Updated 2019)
This guide will teach you everything that you need to know about custom lapel pins.
The secret behind no minimum quantity orders.
Why some manufacturers can offer better prices?
Why some companies can delivery fast?
How to find the right supplier?
Let’s get started…
What is a lapel pins?
So, no matter if it is a soft enamel pin, a printed pin, a Die Struck pin, or a Cloisonne’ Hard Enamel Pin, all of them can be referred to as a lapel pin.
But why do you hear about enamel pins so often? In fact, enamel pins are the type most often searched for through Google.
The reason is: most
What are the main applications for lapel pins?
You can use custom lapel pins as a reward for your
And in this chapter, I will introduce the top applications for custom-made lapel pins.
When one of your team members reaches an important milestone, a custom lapel pin will give them the proof that they need to know that they are a valued member of the team.
And customer service pins, years of service pins, recognition & service pins, motivation & teamwork pins, and academic pins are different types of customized award pins.
Festivals & Events
A custom lapel pin is a great souvenir for events and festivals.
Whether it is
Custom-made lapel pins with your company’s logo would most certainly increase brand visibility.
Give the personalized pins to clients as a thank you, hand them out at conferences, or provide them to your employees.
The best way to raise awareness about your charity or non-profit is through a custom pin. Put your brand and your cause on the pin, and then give them away as gifts for people who make donations.
Custom trading pins don’t need to be for sports teams! You can make custom lapel pins with your favorite celebrity, music artist, or television show to trade with other enthusiasts.
Whether you are in a sorority, a shrine club, or another fraternal organization, custom club pins will let everybody know who your members are.
Custom Military Pins
As an ideal way to honor the camaraderie of a military unit, you can design custom pins based on your squad, rank, or mission. Keep the servicemen and servicewomen in mind with pins that support their military service.
From kindergarten to university, every school can benefit from having their emblem on a top-quality custom pin. Students, faculty,
The whole point of a custom-made lapel
Pin design tips
In this chapter, you will
Be sure to note that there are different requirements for custom enamel pins and printed pins.
The below knowledge will help you avoid mistakes in the design process.
1. Pin design for enamel pins
If you look into the enamel pins, you can find that they contain many small blocks, divided by a metal die line.
This is the way that manufacturers actually make custom-made enamel pins:
– Stamp the metal base& create small blocks with the die metal line.
– Add the enamel to the small block.
The metal line will stop the enamel from mixing.
So, the artwork for your custom enamel pin design should:
1.) Have strong, bold & simple lines
The bold line would turn out to be the
Why simple lines?
As the metal line is stamped by mold, you cannot create
2.) Avoid color gradients
Each individual block can only enamel a single color, so enamel pins
That is why you should avoid color gradients in your design.
3.) Keep it simple
Keep lettering and details to a minimum.
As enamel pins are similar to jewelry, and not like ad buttons or billboards, you do not have too much space to express details.
2. Pin design for offset-printed pins
Sometimes your pin design may have a color gradient, with many details included in tiny lines.
And more importantly, you do not want the factory designer to change your design.
In that case, you can choose offset-printed pins.
Offset-printed pins work by simply printing your design to the metal base, and then covering it with epoxy resin to protect the print.
So, there are
3. Digital files that you can submit to the pin supplier
In fact, you can submit any kind of file to the supplier
Just make sure that your artwork is clear enough.
But most manufacturers prefer AI format, which will save them crucial time when preparing the production-ready file.
4. Size of the artwork file
Custom lapel pins come in a number of different sizes, but what about the design artwork?
The designer can change your artwork to fit the pin size that you need.
But remember, the bigger the design, the clearer it’ll be. So, just make your file is as big as possible.
That is why they prefer vector graphics, like an AI file that can be easily enlarged.
5. Changing artwork after submission
After you submit your artwork, the pin supplier should send you production-ready artwork for your approval.
If you find something
You deserve 100% satisfaction. Why not?
But you would need to avoid changing the design after the file approval process and order confirmation process is complete.
After the production-ready artwork is approved, they will begin the production process. If you ask them to change the artwork, you would be required to pay the difference for that part of the manufacturing process.
Conclusion for pin design:
1. Prepare a clear file for the pin supplier.
2. Keep your design as simple as possible.
3. Use simple lines and avoid color gradients for enamel pins.
4. Avoid changing the design after the production-ready artwork is approved.
Learning About Different Pin types
If you find yourself asking the question, “what is the difference between hard enamel pins and soft enamel pins” or “why should I choose offset-printed pins, this guide will clear everything up for you!
Hard Enamel Pins – The Highest Quality
Hard enamel pins offer jewelry-quality design and an incredibly smooth finish, while still being durable and long lasting.
- Extremely high-quality manufacturing
- Smooth, glass-like exterior
- Long-lasting and durable composition
The Hard Enamel Pins can be used for everything from building brand awareness to commemorating an important milestone, making them the most versatile pins.
How They Are Made:
To ensure the high-quality design of the pin, they require expert, handcrafted details, which are then filled with hard enamel pastes by hand before being kiln-fired at extremely high temperatures. Then, they are polished using high-grade stone before being plated and sent off as the finished, jewelry-quality product.
7-15 business days after art approval.
Soft Enamel Pins –Vibrant and Versatile
Soft enamel pins feature a 3D-like surface that includes a textured surface with very fine details.
- Bright, brilliant colors
- Textured metal detailing
- Fine intricate crafting
Soft Enamel Pins are perfect to attract attention, making them an ideal choice for trading, giveaways, branding, and more!
How They Are Made:
First, each soft enamel pin is hand enameled before being kiln-fired. Next, they are hand-polished and plated to ensure each pin is a top class product, while still being priced affordably.
6-9 business days after art approval.
Die Struck Pins – High Class Look
Die Struck Pins include intricate detailing combined with a first class finish that makes them very attractive.
- Jewelry-quality finish
- High-quality look
- Affordable Priced
Die Struck Pins look so close to valuable material, that they are the perfect choice for awards, gifts, or to mark special occasions.
How They Are Made:
Custom Die Struck Pins are made by sandblasting the background before polishing the raised areas to offer a stark contrast that works to highlight the design.
6-8 business days after art approval.
Offset-Printed Pins – Perfect for intricate designs!
Also known as photographic lapel pins, they use offset printing to capture detailed designs that include colors, gradients, and other intricate designs.
- Use offset or laser printing process
- Capture detailed designs
- Scratch-free epoxy finish
Ideal for any design that includes gradient colors or shading. Offset-printed pins are the best way to capture sports logos, business logos, or other pins to be traded.
How They Are Made:
The pins are first cut from a metal sheet to get the right shape and size. Then, a base color is spread on the pins before the design is printed onto the pins and coated with a clear epoxy that keeps them scratch-free.
7-15 business days after art approval.
Color quantity is one of the top-4 important factors that affect the price of a pin.
The more color, the more expensive.
That’s another reason
As per our experience,
80% of design use 3-5 color,
10% use 1-2 color,
5% use 6-8 color,
5% use more than 8 color
While your artwork may have more than 8 colors, you would need to contact the particular pin supplier to verify the price.
You would find that, quite often, the real products’ color is different than what you had seen on the website.
Color difference. As the brand, setting, or age of the PC/phone monitor is different, you could potentially see tremendous differences in color.
But how can you avoid this?
Use Pantone color or CMYK color to choose the color number.
Enamel pins Use Pantone color.
What’s Pantone color?
The Pantone Matching System (PMS) is a color system used in a variety of industries, but primarily printing.
You can use
And most of the time, the pin company will do this for you.
Offset-printed pins use CMYK Color
What is CMYK?
It is known as the four-color process. Like inkjet printers, cyan, magenta, yellow, and black inks are used to print various colors.
CMYK vs. PMS (Pantone Matching System)
What is the best pin size for your design?
You have your design and you’re ready to order your custom pins.
But what size should you choose for your personalized pins?
1” ; 3/4” or smaller?
In this chapter, I will show you how to choose the right size.
Pin size will affect the price
The bigger the size, the more expensive.
Larger pins would need more material and time to customize.
Some big size pins would need 2 pin backs, big size box to package.
Pin size will affect the detail of your design
Small size limits you to less detail.
Big size increases your threshold for detail.
0.75″ – 1.25″
Great for simple designs, but with less detail
1.50″ – 2.00″
Average pin size, good for medium to high-detail pins.
Pins with Text
Medium – High Detail
Good for Most Requirements
2.25″ – 3.00″
Great for Pin that really
Pins with High Detail
Pins with Complicated or Detailed Design
This is precisely why the manufacturer will always ask you to specify the size of your custom pin.
Average team trading pin size is 1.75″ ; 90% of teams order 1.50″, 1.75″ or 2.00″
Custom lapel pin orders with no minimum quantity.
You only need 20 personalized pins for your event,
but you find that most of the custom lapel pin manufacturers require at least 100 pieces as the minimum order quantity.
Why can’t they offer a no minimum order requirement?
How can you find the factory who can make a custom lapel pin without a minimum quantity requirement?
You find the answer in the following resource:
Turn around time
No matter if you have an urgent order or not, you want to have your custom lapel pin fast, right?
This chapter will teach you how to find the right pin manufacturer who can delivery your pin fast.
How fast can the pin company produce your custom pins?
Quick Ship Pin (4 ~ 10 days)
How to ship a pin as fast as 4 working days?
They have stock die struck brass pins (have been
And your design will simply be digitally printed (
- You can custom your pin fast.
- The price should be much cheaper. If the price as high as a custom shape pin, that is not a fair price
- Small order service should be available
- Cannot produce a custom-
- Cannot produce a custom 3D cast pin orDie-struck pin.
Limitationsonsizes and shapes.
How fast can the pin company produce custom-shape pins or enamel pins?
Standard production time for most pin companies: 15~20 working days.
If you need an urgent order, they can typically finish in 5~10 working days.
Why some manufacturers produce pins fast, but others slowly?
- Priority or not?
As you know, the factory would arrange their pin orders in a queue. Most pin factories need to produce custom-made pins every day. If they set your order as a priority, they can ship your order faster!
- Production management and supply chain.
Some factories can produce pins faster because they have:
– Better production management
– More automated machines
– Longer work times (some even work through the weekends, and graphic design teams that work until
– Their factory is located in a lapel pin town
What is the fastest speed to make a custom-shaped pin?
As per our experience, we can produce pins (small order) in 3 working days.
(If you can find a pin manufacturer that can make custom pins faster, just leave a comment below).
How to find the right pin manufacturer?
It is easy to find tons of custom lapel pin manufacturers,
but how do you find the right pin manufacturer?
This resource will show you how you can find the right pin manufacturer, and you can use it today!
Why some factories custom pins cheaper?
You would find that some pin factories can offer better prices, and faster turn around times, without sacrificing quality.
In this chapter, I will tell you why this happens.
You know that Detroit is
It is also a major lapel pin manufacturing hub (we can call it a lapel pin town).
In that lapel pin town, there are many pin factories, plating factories, molding factories, and printing factories.
(Open-mold, plating, and printing are important processes while factories personalize lapel pins).
And the custom lapel pins produced in this town are much cheaper, and delivery times can be much faster.
1. These towns have cheaper payroll costs
As the plating and printing processes have the potential to pollute the environment, (we haven’t adopted the technology needed to avoid pollution yet), they cannot build these kinds of factories in affluent areas.
2. Save Big on FreightFees
As all the factories are in the same area, you can save money on freight fees.
That is why some factories need 3 weeks or even 1.5 months to personalize your pin – and the price is high.
They need to send their pins to plating factories in other cities to do the
3. Factory Specialty
In a lapel pin town, those factories are focused on their business, which will make prices more competitive.
It will play like this:
Better price — > more orders; More orders — > better price
That is why the factories that we invest in are in that lapel pin town.
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