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Custom Enamel Pins

Let us help you choose the best way to enhance your logo. We’ll work with you to create custom enamel pins that help you stand out—at a reasonable price. At the Monterey Company, we manufacture custom lapel pins in just days that are specially tailored just for you. Whether you need them for an event, as employee thank yous or for brand marketing, we’ll work together to bring your vision to life.

Why Enamel Pins?

The cool thing about enamel pins is that you can wear them anywhere. They're not just for your backpack or hat anymore- they'll appear on any shirt, pants, and jewelry! Choose from many design options, or create something custom. You can even select the shape or size. It's easy to start this fun project and can be made using your design.

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Enamel Pin Maker & Manufacturer Since 1989

With three decades of experience, we’re experts at creating custom enamel pins. We start the process by creating proof from your initial idea. From there, we’ll create and send you several samples so you can see the difference in all of our styles, from die-struck to cast. Our team knows all the right questions to ask to ensure your final art is exactly what you’re looking for. Our goal is to make pins that you’re proud of, and it’s important to us that you’re satisfied with your experience. At the Monterey Company, we put our customers first. That’s why we prioritize creating our products quickly and sustainably—for happy customers, every time.

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See All Styles

We have a wide selection of styles. We offer the most popular styles in our gallery for you to choose from.

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We Manufacture Many Types of Lapel Pins

As an enamel pin manufacturer, we can recreate custom lapel pins using a die-struck process or we can cast your design with a sandblast background for a nice two-tone look. Our products are made from the highest quality materials, including the finish. We also make gold and silver finishes, along with antique finishes.

Be sure to request a proof so you can see how your final artwork looks before we begin production. We work hard to ensure our production times are fast and efficient, and production takes about 10 to 15 days to make—though they can vary depending on the style and finishes you choose. We also make rush services on our Photodome styles. Full-color designs can be made in the United States in as little as three days.

Transparent Color

Transparent coloring is made with the background showing through the top layer. What makes transparent color different? It allows for the background to show through giving them a top-of-the-line look. This allows for making designs in the background that can enhance an image. Transparent coloring is one of the most popular because of the overall enhancement it offers a logo.

Transparent color can also be manufactured with many personalization options, like unique shapes, textured finishes, and more. One of the most striking ways to incorporate transparency is to add it to your design proof. This adds transparency while still letting texture show through. It’s the perfect option for images where subtle accents can make a big difference.

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How To Pick The Right Pin Style

We make many different styles of customized styles, and we offer gold, silver, copper, and antique finish finishes. We create our final designs using the following methods:

  • We offer two different types of coloring that can come in a textured style or a finish that is smooth to the touch.
  • Cloisonne: This is a 2000-year-old technique that creates a smooth-to-the-touch feel. Unlike hard and soft enamel, it comes in a limited range of colors.
  • Casting: This is a great option if you want a three-dimensional style with many small cut-outs.

Hard vs Soft Enamel Pins?

One of the questions we are often asked is, “What is the difference between hard and soft enamel?” While both styles are made through a die-striking process, there are a few important distinctions. Soft enamel has a recessed color, hard enamel is smooth to the touch, and the metal and colors are all on the same level. Both styles can be made with gold, silver, copper, or antique finishes. Traditionally, it's thought to be more expensive because of the final art's smooth look and feel and its resistance to scratching. The two styles are also similar in a lot of ways. They can be finished using the same metals or antiquing, and both styles have borders to separate each different color. Color matching for any logo can be done using either style. Contact our team today, and they will help you pick which finish is right for your budget.

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Soft Enamel

When making soft enamel pins, colors are filled about 75% of recessed regions so that when you run your finger across its surface, a finished product will feel like grooves in these areas. We also offer glow-in-the-dark options and black-nickel plating.

Hard Enamel

Hard enamel pins, also known as epola, are perfect for those who want their designs to last. They have a smooth finish and frequently can be mistaken as cloisonne due to the similarities in technique between these two pin styles.

Cloisonne

Dating back over 2,000 years, this process is traditionally used in jewelry making and metalwork. The process starts with a copper metal design, allowing a textured feel. From there, colored sand fills the different spaces to finish the design. The process begins similarly to other techniques-with a struck copper piece with cavities and ridges. Unlike other techniques, they use colored sand as the fill. The colors used are chosen from our color charts and then put into your design.

Once the colored sand has been added, the pin is fired at 1,700 degrees Fahrenheit, which turns the sand into colored glass. This type can't be overfilled or sanded down, so the process needs to be precise. Once the jewelry-like finish and coating has been filled correctly, it needs to be annealed-this involves cooling them slowly to ensure the glass is cured. The finished product is then polished, engraved, or electroplated and shipped to its final destination.

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Add Additional Printing To Your Custom Pin Design

A unique way to enhance your custom design is to combine different processes. You can stamp the outer edges and leave the center open for a smooth, glossy printed design. You can also combine paint and printing to make a unique dimension that blends classic styles with a printed modern look. Printed inserts can feature any image or photo, like a slogan, or any other detailed design, giving you endless options to customize your creations. Our specialty is adding epoxy, eye-catching gold finish, silver or black finish.

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"Wonderful experience working with you"

I just wanted to send you an emailing thanking you for your patience with me on designing/ordering the Miller-Davis years of service pins. They arrived today and I love them. I had a wonderful experience working with Monterey Co. and look forward to the opportunity to do it again. Again, thank you. Thank you,

- N. Whitney, Miller-Davis Co.

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How are lapel pins used?

Custom enamel pins can impart great significance to an event or milestone, especially within the workplace. Companies of varying sizes regularly design beautiful pieces to recognize their employees and management members' hard work and incredible achievements. These pieces often feature clean, elegant designs with company colors or shades that correspond with significant milestone years.

Fundraising and Award Ceremonies: Few things can match the significance of an inspired event or a time of recognition for a person, group, or organization. Designs for fundraising events or award ceremonies vary greatly, but all capture the beautiful significance of something worthy of remembering.

Music and Art Festival Pins: When celebrating a high-energy cultural event like a music or art festival, playful, quirky, and fun and are the perfect addition to your event garb. These vibrant, colorful pieces can be designed with your favorite artist or musician in mind or simply to commemorate your time of fun.

What Are The Top 5 Questions To Ask When Ordering?

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The first step in making custom enamel pins is by deciding on your illustration. Work with our design team to create the perfect design. Then you’ll need to select the type of enamel and finish details to make your custom pins come to life. The first step in making them is deciding on the size and shape of your design. They can be of any size, but the production process differs for smaller and larger designs.

The next step is to create your design and size. Sizes traditionally range between 3/4" to 1 1/4," but there is no set measurement for what’s acceptable, so use this as a guideline only. They're available with either a gold or silver metal finish. Hard enamel pins have a hard jewel-like surface, and the color is baked to prevent wear from exposure to the outdoors like rain, sun, snow, etc. Enameling takes place in two steps: firstly, it’s fired at 1200 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes, followed by polishing and assembly of your attachment.

Selecting The Best Style

Consider if you want your design to look embossed or smooth when thinking about the style. This will help you decide which technique to use. Die-striking can have either recessed color on the same level as the surface. You can add textures to create dimensions for your artwork or add textures to any raised metal areas.

And no need to worry about special shapes or sizes—as an experienced lapel pin manufacturer, we can customize your creation, no matter the size or dimensions.

The differences between the different methods are vast. Hard enameling has a more durable and higher jewelry-quality finish but also costs more to produce. Soft enamel may be cheaper in unit price yet provides an entirely different feel due to how it's made, making some interesting choices when deciding what style you prefer.

Although these processes share many steps, there are two different manufacturing processes for different finishes. Hard enamel pins are made by filling areas with molten material. Then, the excess filling is then sanded down to achieve a glassy feel. Pigmented sand is then fired and cured, which makes a gem-like finish. Because of the complexity of producing this style, they are some of the most high-end styles we produce. As a result, they also take longer to make and involve more steps.

Sizes

It can be hard to decide the best size for your pin. Most designs we create range from 0.5" to 1.25”, but don’t let that limit your imagination. We can create a custom design for you in any shape or size.

You should consider what the wearer expects when deciding on your final pin size. The sizing will also influence what can be included in your final artwork. Remember, the more text you have can play an important role in the overall finish pin.

There are no limitations when it comes to making a lapel pin. We create pins up to 3”, and we ensure that there is always an option for your artwork. Send us your sketch, and we will propose the best shape, size, and finish for your idea, considering your project, artwork, and budget. If you are simply reproducing a design, we recommend a printed style, which will lower your overall cost. If you have a larger budget, something like antique or two-tone finishing can add a unique touch to your design. Reach out to our team today, and they’ll guide you through the entire process.

The most common fastener is the post-and-clutch fastening. We also offer magnet attachments if you prefer a fastener that does not pierce clothing.

Pricing varies depending on the style you choose and the quantity you order. Making them from iron is the most cost-effective. The price for 100 custom soft enamel pins with your choice of finish, up to six colors, and a standard clutch back is $300-$400.00

Our talented team will create a design proof to ensure your ideas are reflected in your final design. Proofs are the best way to make sure the spelling, colors, and sizes are all accurate and approved by you before production. We create free artwork, and proof will be sent for your review and approval.

Plating, also known as the finish, comes in a few choices. Plating typically includes a nickel-free coat under your main plating. Gold and silver are the top finish choices for our custom designs.

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New Orders

Standard production time is normally between 10 and 14 days plus shipping time.

Repeat Orders

We create a mold for your specific design. If you need to order more, we already have it on file. You can always update the background, change colors, text, or keep the design the same the next time you need to order. If you’re new to making a new design, the Monterey Company is here to help. We’re experts at working with our customers to breathe new life into design ideas. 

Getting Started Is Easy

Custom lapel pins are timeless, and for a good reason—they have been the perfect token for many different kinds of events for decades. And although these pieces can be used for occasions of all shapes and sizes, there are a few events that are particularly elevated by the crisp metal edges and smooth and vibrant finishes of custom enamel pins. Let us help you find exactly what you’re looking for. Our talented staff will walk you through every step, from sketch to proof, to samples and shipping. Get in touch with customer service today to get your free quote and discuss your project with one of our staff members.

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We have been perfecting our craft for nearly 30 years and specialize in being a custom enamel pin manufacturer from your ideas and sketches. Our talented team will create artistic and unique designs custom-made for your project. We’ll walk you through the process—from creating your artwork to how our products are made to a quick production timeline. Send us your sketch, and let us help you create the perfect design.

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