This guide will help you turn your designs into eye-catching enamel pins step by step.
These lines are going to be what separates the colors. These colors are manually poured onto the pin so having thick enough and crisp lines are essential.
Working on something that is 1 to 2 inches in size is hard enough. Having too many lines can make it hard to pour in the colors. Trust me, you don’t want to waste weeks going back and forth with the pin manufacturer doing edits. The simpler the design, the faster they can finish your pins..
This will not be readable particularly on a pin that is 1 inch small.
As mentioned, the pins are quite small. Seeing the details from afar is almost impossible if you use thin lines. Muted colors are also less visually appealing. Unless you are working with pastel items, the bolder the colors the better.
It cannot be captured properly on a pin. You will just be wasting your time because the manufacturer will have you remove those eventually. They will not make enamel pins that are not designed according to their specifications. The same goes for transparent colors and gradients. Just stick to solid colors.
Hard enamel pins offer jewelry-quality design and an incredibly smooth surface, while still being durable and long-lasting. The pins are made from iron metal that has been died struck. The manufacturer adds the enamel before the actual plating is done. And then they polish the surface for several times.
Because each color must be added separately, the hard enamel pin tends to be pricier but is more durable. The multiple polishing processes do not allow for highly-detailed designs.
Soft enamel pins feature a 3D-like surface that includes a textured surface with very fine details. Your design is stamped onto the iron metal. It is then cut to size. Afterward, the badges are attached to the metal plating. The enamel is then added onto the recessed spaces. The pins are baked to harden the enamel.
Soft enamel pins have bumpy surfaces unless an epoxy coating is applied to it. It allows for more details to be included in your design. It tends to be cheaper too.
If your design is simple and have limited budget, go for small size pins ( 0.5″~1.25″).
If your design have much detail, please go for bigger size pins ( 1.5~2″)
Updated: Recently, we can add more tiny element in the small pins
Most of the enamel pin manufacturer would ask you to order 100 pcs as the minimum order quantity. If you want to low down risk, you can also work with a few companies which can custom sample pins such as vivipins, wizardpins.
Lisa Loeb is part of the content team at Vivipins where she develops resources to help customers start and grow their own businesses.