Soft enamel and hard enamel lapel pins have a lot in common. So, what’s the difference?
Whether you are creating a lapel pin for your business, employees, group or just because of the enamel pin trend taking off, detail is everything. There are many types of lapel pins to choose from, hard enamel and soft enamel lapel pins are particularly easy to add multiple colors. These custom made pins both sound alike and have a lot in common. Here’s what you need to know about hard enamel vs. soft enamel pins.
Soft enamel means raised metal lines and recessed enamel. Soft enamel lapel pins are the most popular style of lapel pin that uses enamel. These trendy enamel pins are highly cost efficient and can be used for a versatile selection of shapes and sizes. Although its name says otherwise, soft enamel lapel pins are not soft to the touch. When producing this type of lapel pin, the colored enamel is laid below the metal lines of the lapel pin that depict its shape so that the lapel pin feels like there is texture to the touch. The Monterey Company offers the option to add an epoxy resin to the surface of the enamel so the enamel is protected and the pin will feel smooth to the touch. We refer to this style as a classic embossed pin.
Hard enamel means the metal lines and hard enamel are on the same level. Hard enamel is another popular option amongst lapel
pin styles. This procedure involves a process where colored enamel is placed at an even level with the metal lines. This creates a smooth surface and is smooth to the touch. These trendy enamel pins are extremely durable because of the hard enamel that is used. Although hard enamel and cloisonné pins are both hard enamel the manufacturing process is entirely different. In the past, the cloisonné style has been found to contain high levels of lead. The Monterey Company takes safety seriously and has continued to update procedures including product testing in order to nearly eliminate all lead from the entire enamel pin manufacturing process and make them safe and meet even European standards which are higher than the standards in the USA. Another difference of hard enamel vs. soft enamel pins is that there is also no need for an epoxy resin coating to hard enamel lapel pins because they are produced using a high quality hard enamel finish and are less susceptible to wear over time.
To date, we believe that the lapel pin was first invented around 1800BC by the ancient Egyptians. They used a technique called inlaying that has grown in popularity over the years and still exists today. Inlaying is a lapel pin process that includes placing elaborate colors and enamel substances over a metal pin and securing the lapel pin using a metal wire. The Chinese are also known to have used this technique around the 13th century. Because of their use of color on metal, the Egyptians could have been using what we modernly call the soft enamel lapel pin and hard enamel lapel pin techniques.
Why order hard enamel or soft enamel pins from The Monterey Company? The Monterey Company offers a wide variety of inventive and trendy enamel pins intuitive to our customer’s needs. With nearly 30 years of experience, we focus first and foremost on the requirements of our customers and strive to create hard enamel or soft enamel pins that are high in quality and low in price. Our products also offer room for matchless creativity, a wide selection of durable materials, and fast and inexpensive shipping rates. We have serviced a diverse selection of businesses and groups and also offer a 10% discount to non-profit organizations. We are prepared to take on anything from a simple question, to a thousand-piece lapel pin order and look forward to doing business with you!
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