What are custom lapel pins?

 Custom lapel pins are small pins worn on clothing, sometimes worn on the lapel of a jacket. Lapel pins can be ornamental or can indicate an affiliation with an organization or cause.


Types of Lapel Pins


Soft Enamel lapel pinsSoft Enamel lapel pins

Soft Enamel is our more popular type of custom lapel pins. The process for soft enamel begins with the design of your choice being stamped onto a sheet of metal, imprinting your design onto the surface of your pins. After the plating is applied to the raw metal the enamel color fill is then added to the recesses areas of the pin one color at a time. The soft enamel sets a little lower than the raised metal lines of the design giving the pin a dimensional look as well as feel. Soft enamel is a more cost efficient process that still gives each pin design a high quality professional look. These pins are great for sports teams, charitable organizations, awards and many more!




Cloisonnè/Hard Enamel Lapel Pins
Hard Enamel Lapel Pins

Cloisonnè lapel pins, also known as hard enamel pins, are created using the finest materials and are highly regarded because of their unique appearance. When choosing cloisonnè for your design each pin will begin with a similar process as our soft enamel and die struck lapel pins. Then each color is individually hand-filled with a powder glass-like substance and then kiln-fired at very high temperatures. Each cloisonnè pin is hand polished giving your pins a smooth glossy appearance. Our cloisonné pins have a jewelry-like appearance with a high perceived value. No matter what the occasion, cloisonné lapel pins will make an impressive statement.



Die Struck Lapel PinsDie Struck Lapel Pins

When looking for a more simple and traditional look for your custom lapel pins die struck is the best choice. The same as other style pins die struck pins begin with having your design stamped using a custom created mold. The mold creates a deep impression of your design in the metal which is then cut to the correct shape. Each pin is plated with the plating of your choice. Our polished finishes are given a sandblasted texture to the recessed areas to add contrast to your design. Our antique finish is the most popular with creating a die struck lapel pin giving each pin design a more detailed look while adding depth to your lapel pins.Die struck lapel pins are very popular for recreating corporate logos, anniversary pins, recognition pins, service pins and so much more.


Popular Lapel Pin usage

Custom Lapel pins can be used as symbol of achievement and belonging in different group or organizations. Lapel pins from the organization are often collected by members and non-members alike. Businesses also use lapel pins to designate achievements and membership. Lapel pins are a common element of employee recognition programs, and they are presented to individuals as a symbol of an accomplishment.  Like fraternity and sorority pins, these lapel pins instill a sense of belonging to an elite group of performers at the organization. Businesses also award lapel pins to employees more frequently to boost employee morale, productivity, and employee engagement.  The Soviet Union had great production of these. Besides pins showing political figures and as souvenirs for tourist spots, there were pins for various sports, cultural, and political gatherings and for technical achievements of the Soviet Union. The pins had counter cultural meanings as well; for example, the pin featuring the robot spacecraft  (which approached and docked with Kosmos 188) had a sexual connotation. In recent years, Enamel Lapel pin collecting and trading  has also become a popular hobby. Demand for Custom Lapel pin design online based on popular cartoon characters and themes such as Disney, Betty Boop, and Hard Rock Cafe has surged and led to the creation of the lapel pin trading events and other social activities. Disney lapel pin trading is a prime example of this.

Lapel Pin Design

Enamel Pin design starts off very similar to animation. Everything is literally hand drawn with a blue line. It is done either digitally or on paper with a light-box to plan out all of the elements and artwork that make up the design. Once the design is approved, it is inked, colored, and placed on a mechanical sheet, which is like a blueprint for the pin, with appropriate measurements and call-outs for manufacturing the parts.

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 Simply provide us with some basic information about the custom lapel pins you would like to design. Please include size, plating, text, as well as any image you would like incorporated into your lapel pins design. We love our customers, so feel free to email or call us with any questions you may have about ordering your custom pins online.

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