5 key points to understand when designing your custom lapel pins.

There are many elements that go into the design of a lapel pin. Beyond the choices of branding components, colors, logos and taglines, there are materials, types of color and design to consider. The design team at The Monterey Company are always available and do a spectacular job in talking each customer through the process and explaining each element of a lapel pin.

For initial reference, we are presenting the top 5 keywords to know when working with a designer at The Monterey Company. Knowing some of the elements that go into creating your lapel pin will offer you a better sense of control in what your product will be and also help expedite the design process.

1. Classic New Enamel ~ This process is the nontoxic version of the time-honored cloisonne that tends to be quite high in lead content. This modern version of the century-old cloisonne method comes with the added advantage of PMS color matching, which is not available with cloisonne. Pantone colors offer a choice of over 1,000 different colors, allowing you to create a custom lapel pin that is both vibrant and colorful.

2. Pewter ~ Composed of a malleable metal alloy, pewter is made up of 90% tin and 10% copper. This blend produces a matte finish, high contrast lapel pin with a blue silver tint. We sometimes prefer antique plating on die struck bronze pins to get that “pewter-like” effect.

3. Promotional Iron ~ The easiest and quickest method for creating a lapel pin, promotional iron is perfect for mass production and is very popular with conventioneers and other groups that routinely use pins as give-away promotional items.

4. Die Struck ~ Truly the most elegant of methods for creating lapel pins, Die Struck is an austere, uncolored process by which varying levels of metal detail and textures are used to creates a matte finish and a lovely contrast from the polished raised areas of a logo. The contrast is stately, elegant and classic. Die Struck tends to be a favorite with banks, law firms, universities, fraternities and government offices.

5. 3D Cast ~ Can also be called Die Cast pins. These give multiple levels of relief, not common to the standard die-striking methods. Instead of only one raised or recessed area, this type of pin shows topographical contours, creating complex shapes and details in images such as animals, architectural replicas, and human faces. The detail and complexity of these pins are dramatic in its effect.