Making Cloisonné pins in 10 simple steps.

The manufacturing of a Cloisonné pin is a very detailed, thoughtful process. Actually, it was developed in China centuries ago but is still used today in crafting fine, emblematic jewelry. Cloisonné lapel pins have a rich finish and the greatest perceived value.

  1. To make a 1-inch Cloisonné lapel pin, the artisan starts with the raw material, a 1.25 by 1.25-inch copper bronze square. It looks like a small copper tile.
  2. Then the copper square is die-struck, or stamped, onto the surface. The die imprints your design onto the metal.
  3. The outline of the pin is then cut out, along with any other parts that need to be cut out (according to your design). In this example, there are cut-outs around the crown at the top, around the figures on both sides of the crest, and around the banner at the bottom. Each of these cut-outs is done meticulously by hand using tiny carving instruments.
  4. Then the colors are hand-filled with a powdered glass-like mixture. Note that the colored areas are overfilled.
  5. Then the pin is hand-polished with stones to set the colors in place.
  6. Then each color is fired one at a time at 1,700 F for two to four minutes each. This two-step process ensures that color bleeding does not occur.
  7. Next, the attachments are assembled to the back of the Cloisonné pin. Butterfly attachments are free with the order, but you can also select from cufflink, deluxe flat and safety pin styles.
  8. Then the pin is hand-polished to make the colors shine and ensure there are no rough edges.
  9. At this juncture, the Cloisonné pin has brilliant color but is still showing its original bronze plating. Next, the pin is plated in silver or gold, which makes it resistant to scratching.
  10. Finally, each pin is inspected to ensure only the highest quality is individually packaged and sent to The Monterey Company.

To order your Cloisonné pin, call The Monterey Company toll free today at 1-800-259-6496.