A custom enamel pins is a small pin 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.
Custom Lapel pins can be used as symbol of achievement and belonging in different group or organizations. Custom enamel pins from the organization are often collected by members and non-members alike. Businesses also use custom lapel pins to designate achievements and membership. Enamel 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 pins 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.
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.
Almost all custom lapel pins are created and ordered online. The manufacturing is currently done in China, specifically in and around Kunshan, a satellite city in the greater Suzhou region that is administratively at the county-level in southeast Jiangsu, China, just outside Shanghai. Inexpensive labor in China has made non-Chinese production of enamel pins non-existent.In the die struck manufacturing process, there are five basic types of pins: cloisonné/hard enamel, soft enamel, die struck, photo etched, screen printed and 4-color printed. In all processes, the outer shape of the pin is stamped out from a sheet of steel, aluminum, copper, brass, or iron. In the case of cloisonne and soft enamel, the shape and the design are stamped out.