Types of Custom Lapel Pins

Enamel Pins – Die Struck Pins – Offset Printed Pins – Sports Trading Pins – Cast Pins – Rhinestone Pins – Glow in the dark Pins – Custom Lapel Pins   

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.


Soft Enamel lapel pins, custom lapel pins, die struck 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 custom lapel pin design a high quality professional look. These pins are great for sports teams, charitable organizations, awards and many more!




Hard Enamel Lapel Pins Soft Enamel lapel pins, custom lapel pins, die struck lapel pins

Cloisonnè/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 custom lapel 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 Pins Soft Enamel lapel pins, custom lapel pins, 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. Then the mold creates a deep impression of your design in the metal which is then cut to the correct shape. Each custom lapel 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.

Offset Printed Custom Lapel Pins

Offset printed lapel pins are a brilliant choice if you have art that has various gradients or even if you don’t want to have metal lines all over your design. These types of pins are actually created by first printing the art onto a piece of paper, before the paper is applied to a metal pin. The custom lapel pins are set by applying a protective coating, such as epoxy.
One of the main benefits of offset printing is that it can be used for a huge range of complex designs. It is also ideal for those who want to take advantage of full-color production. This is because the colours that are printed are done with crystal clear clarity, where the vibrancy can really shine through. It’s also more than possible to use gradual color or even gradient color when you invest in offset printing.
If you ever hear someone talking about C-M-Y-K then this essentially translates to Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black. The colors that are used are actually a combination of these colors and they are used to create thousands of other shades. This type of color mix is actually used in most ink-jet printers and it is often used to print out color documents as well. It is also known as being four-colour printing, and this works very well for custom lapel pin printing.
So what else do you need to know about offset printing? You should note that lapels can be cut in a huge range of shapes or it is more than possible to have a stock shape pin as well. These are usually much cheaper as they are not as labour intensive.
If you want to match the color of your brand to your lapel then this is more than possible, and your printing company should be able to do this for you no problem when offset printing methods are used.

Popular Lapel Pin usage

Custom Lapel pins can be used as symbol of achievement and belonging in different group or organizations. Custom Lapel pins from the organization are often collected by members and non-members alike. Businesses also use custom 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, Rick and Morty 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.

Custom Lapel Pins Are Excellent For…

  • Trade shows
  • Product branding
  • Company branding
  • Corporate identity
  • Meetings, seminars or conventions
  • Employee awards
  • Building goodwill
  • Creating an emotional connection
  • Bolstering team spirit
  • Fundraising
  • and much more!

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