custom cloisonné pins

Are you Looking for a Cloisonné lapel pin maker?

Look no further, our Cloisonné lapel pins are custom made with your design using this 13th century process.  Cloisonné lapel pins are created using an ancient metalworking technique developed in the Far East, a multi-step process that remains relatively unchanged today. The technique results in a jewelry-like finish with exceptional durability that far exceeds that of other types of lapel pin processes. For this reason, cloisonné is the preferred type for collectors’ lapel pins.

As seen in the gallery photos below, the color palette is rich, but finite, and unique to this process. Please browse the gallery, as it should help you decide whether cloisonné is the best method to use for your custom design lapel pin.

Sample Cloisonné Lapel Pins

Jewelry-like finish with exceptional durability.

Why Order Cloisonné Lapel Pins?

  • They are the preferred type of lapel pins for collectors
  • They have a jewelry-like finish
  • To say thank you to fundraisers, volunteers and employees
  • To show company pride and recognize employee service
  • To create a piece of collectible commemorative art
  • To celebrate graduations, anniversaries and company milestones
  • To provide souvenirs for visitors to parks, zoos and aquariums

How to Order Your Cloisonné Lapel Pins

There are several factors to consider when you order a cloisonné lapel pin, and we are here to help you every step of the way. Here are the answers to some commonly asked questions about ordering cloisonné pins:

Although we include cloisonné lapel pins in our die struck family of pins, the technique used to produce them is an unparalleled and revered art form. The design is first die-struck into a copper or metal base, creating cavities. The cavities are filled entirely by hand with the Cloisonné shade of your choice. The colors are made from a pigmented sand exclusive to Cloisonné, and must be determined using a Cloisonné color chart. The pins are then fired at about 1,700 degrees Fahrenheit, effectively turning the colored sand to glass. Unlike hard enamel, this color fill cannot be overfilled and sanded down, thus the cavities will be filled and fired repeatedly until completely filled. Finally, the lapel pins are polished, plated, and sent to you.
It is impossible to discuss the difference without explaining the process by which cloisonné pins are made. This ancient technique first adds compartments to the metal object by soldering or gluing silver or gold wires on the edges and creating separate compartments for the colored inlays. The firing process is very labor intensive, as they have to be filled and fired repeatedly until filled perfectly to the edge of the compartments using a very limited choice of colors. Hard enamel pins are die cast and overfilled with color which can then be filed down to the correct level, making them less expensive than cloisonné. Plus, hard enamel lapel pins do not contain lead, which make them more environmentally friendly, and also safe for children.
Production time varies depending on the style of pin you choose, but it normally takes between 2 to 3 weeks. Rush jobs can usually be accommodated for an additional charge.
Many customers appreciate that we allow low minimum quantities and provide all design and artwork at no charge. We make sure that all of our customers receive the best quality and the best prices, and provide them with fast production times and top-notch customer service.

Ready to order? Step one is to contact us and we will provide you with a quote for your custom cloisonné lapel pins and we will also create a proof for your approval!

Who Uses Cloisonné Lapel Pins?

Beautiful cloisonné lapel pins are an excellent way to commemorating a special event or acknowledge people for their service or dedication. Here’s a short list of some of the many organizations that order cloisonné pins:

  • Volunteer organizations and fundraisers
  • Medical groups and hospitals
  • Non profit organizations and membership groups
  • Collectors
  • State and national parks
  • Amusement parks, zoos, aquariums and botanical gardens
  • Museums, exhibitions and conferences
  • Military, police departments and fire departments
  • Universities and schools
  • Political and religious groups
  • Sporting clubs

Please call if you don’t see your group in the list, as we can create any custom lapel pin. All you need to do is speak to one of our expert staff and request a quote.

Looking for the next best pin style? Take a look at our Hard Enamel Pins.