Custom Keychains Designed With Your Logo

The Monterey Company, The Best Metal Keychain Makers

When it comes to making a customized keychain, you are only limited by your imagination. Bring your logo, design, or keepsake to life in a variety of shapes, colors, dimensions, and styles in a few fun, easy steps. 

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What Is The Best Custom Keychain Style?

How do you decide on the best style? At Monterey Company, we pride ourselves on producing the highest quality promotional products, and keyrings are no exception. Using vibrant enamel-based colors, brilliant metals, and durable plating in gold, silver, copper, and true black varieties, our keychains are a far cry from the kitschy, souvenir shop paraphernalia you’re accustomed to seeing hanging from people’s keyrings today. If you’re looking for the best manufacturing company to order from, then you’re in the right place, we guarantee it. 

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Custom Metal Keychains

Custom Shaped & Designed With Your Logo

Custom metal keychains made in days! As a manufacturer, we make designs in any shape with soft and hard enamel color. The Monterey Company makes custom shaped designs in any size and we manufacture 2D and 3D styles. 

We are dedicated to making sure your customized keyrings are made to perfection, which is why we created this guide to help explain the difference between all of our style options and the value you’ll receive when ordering for the first time. But, before you start sketching up your design, it’s important to understand the product and the different varieties available with which you’ll be working.

Enamel & Die Cut Keychains

We can print or use an enamel color fill on any design. Send us your logo and we will create a free design proof to show you how your design will look. We can create one or two-sides designs and we have stock textures we can add to the background. Our promotional metal keychains are made with the highest quality craftsmanship and vivid enamel color. We offer gold, silver, and copper plating as well as a true black plating.  Sandblasting the background allows any logo to really stand out!

How Are Promotional Keyrings Made?

Most of our keychains are made using a die that’s struck into bronze. This is how we create the incredible detail that’s unique to our metal products. Using a high-pressure die, your design is struck into a high-quality bronze plate. This creates areas on your design that are both raised and recessed. After plating, the raised areas are hand polished to give it a smooth, reflective finish. The recessed areas, on the other hand, are sandblasted or treated with an antiquing solution. This final step brings true definition to your design.

Our Styles

  • Die Cut
  • Cast
  • Screen Printed & Full Color
  • Rubber & Vinyl

 

Why Personalized Keychains?

The internet is saturated with so many “must-have” products targeted at you, your business, and your pocketbook, but the functionality and quality of these products are often lacking. A custom keychain, on the other hand, is a practical item that is used every day by nearly everybody. Because of its functionality,  your personalized keyring is the perfect opportunity to add character to a mundane necessity, acting as effective marketing for your business, organization, and personal endeavors without being intrusive. We work hard to take your idea from design to complementary proof in days, collaborating with you to ensure you are getting exactly the product you’re after in a prompt, efficient, and painless manner. Our customer service is top-notch and we make sure you are completely happy with your order with us.

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Cast & Die Cut Keychains

Cast Keychains

Perfect for designs best represented in three dimensions, cast keychains are ideal for replicating small details, or designs featuring unique cutouts or shapes. Made by filling a mold with the desired material, this variety is great for bulk orders and one-of-a-kind creations. This is a great option for a more unique look for a design that stands out among standard ones. 3D stands for three-dimensional, and the raised areas of a design are molded to enhance a enhance a logo or design. 3D designs stand when the metal is treated with an antique finish. There are four antique finishes that are the standard finishes used with 3D designs. They include antique silver, gold, copper, and bronze. Casting allows for cutouts in your design. There's no, limit to what we can create, including products like bottle opener made with your specifications.

3D Die-Struck Styles

Derived from the tradition of blacksmithing, the die-struck process as involves the use of an automated stamping press, during which your design is pressed, or stamped, into the metal. This pressing process creates both raised and recessed details in your design, creating a sleek, professional look for your logo, brand, or commemorative event.

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Design Options & Enhancements

Printed Keychains & Full Color Designs

Printed keychains, made out of aluminum or stainless steel, are a lightweight and cost-effective way to incorporate colors and photos to your keychain design. This style comes in a variety of textures, making them a versatile option for whatever your vision requires. 

CMYK process, or four-color process, where your logo or design is printed onto an adhesive label. This label is perfectly fitted to your keychain, and secured with a powerful epoxy, leaving a clean, glossy finish.

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Another printed keychain variety is made by the process of screen-printing. Large areas of colors are laid over your design, creating a “filled in” look for your logo or brand. When choosing a screen-printed keychain, leaving sections of metal exposed is an option, adding a unique dimension and possibility for your overall design. The final variety of a printed style is made in the same fashion as the CMYK process, taking a real photo and printing it onto a label to be attached to your keychain. This variety is called photo dome and is protected by a clear label, resulting in a glossy, thick keychain with your real-life photo as a keepsake.

This is a great choice if your customized keyring has a logo that contains a photo or gradation in color. Our printed keychains are made out of aluminum or stainless steel. This makes them lightweight and less expensive compared to a soft or hard enamel keyring. They can also be made with one or two printed sides. This is a great choice if your design includes a logo that contains a photo or gradation in color. Our printed keychains are made out of aluminum or stainless steel. This makes them lightweight and less expensive compared to a soft or hard enamel keyring. They can also be made with one or two printed sides.

Additional Variations & Options

Our promotional metal keychains are made with the highest quality craftsmanship and can include vivid enamel color. We offer gold, silver, and copper plating as well as a true black plating.  Sandblasting the background allows any logo to really stand out! Custom cut-outs can be added as well antique finishes

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Hard Enamel

The highest quality option offered at Monterey Company, our hard enamel varieties are the Cadillac of custom keychains. Combining glass-like Pantone color with hard enamel, this innovative process makes an incredibly durable and versatile product you’ll have to see to believe.  Alternative to soft enamel, hard enamel color covers the metal, as opposed to simply filling in where the metal is recessed. This gives your keychain unique dimension and a smooth, hard finish. Additionally, with hard enamel color, you can choose to leave metal trims and finishes, contributing to the overall value and personalization.

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Soft Enamel versus Hard Enamel

Soft or hard enamel is added to incorporate color and dimension into your design. It is a process that produces unparalleled quality and finishes, distinguishing your keychain as a top-notch product and a worthy representation of your business or commemorative endeavors. Two types of enamel can be added to create this colorful effect. And although they are both high in quality, there are slight variations between soft and hard enamel finishes. If you choose not to include enamel in your design, we could add textured backgrounds or even 3D sculpted area. We also offer a third enamel option which is a hard enamel as well called cloisonne.

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Soft Enamel

The more cost-effective of all of our enamel options, soft enamel where color is added to the recessed areas and the metal ridges of your design are raised, leaving your logo raised above the smooth pool of your desired shades. Like most product options at Monterey Company, there are unlimited combinations of colors and textures with our soft-enamel style. From glossy to matte, and from robin egg blue to fire engine red, you really are only limited by your imagination. Soft enamel colors can be matched to your logo colors using the Pantone matching system.

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Shapes & Cutouts

When it comes to the shape and function of your keychain, the sky's the limit. Equipped with specialized tools for molding and shaping our products, we can make your keychain as functional as a bottle opener or even design it to feature unique and integrated cutouts perfectly unique to you and your logo. Because of the many types, styles, and variations, we offer for custom keychains, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the designing process. With endless possibilities and endless ways to represent your business, club, or organization in a tangible way, we understand that it can be daunting to even know where to begin.

 

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Plating Options

Another amazing addition to your custom keychain available at Monterey Company is one of our four plating options. Plating is the process of adding a thin layer of a specialty metal over your keychain. By adding a plated detail to your design, you can enhance the look of elegance, luxury, or even antiqueness or artistic distress. The different plating options we offer include gold, silver, bronze, and true black, each of which boasts its own unique and versatile beauty.

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Base Metal Varieties

Each contributing to a unique and specialized finished product, the type of base metal we use when creating your keychain adds another layer of customizable aesthetic and purpose to your design.

With so many base metals to choose from, including brass, copper, stainless steel, aluminum, pewter, iron, zinc, and PVC, it never hurts to consult one of our talented designers to discern which metal will produce the results you’re after regarding logo or brand.

 

Take The Next Step

Let us step in and help you get exactly what you’re looking for, whether or not you know specifically what that is yet. We have a talented, capable staff that is willing and able to help you navigate the custom keychain making process, walking you through from design to proof, and from sample to product. Here at Monterey Company, we value you as customers, wanting you to be comfortable and informed, and ultimately, ensure that you have the best experience possible. Contact us today to get your free quote and discuss your project with one of our business development managers.

Learn More About The Process

We Look Forward To Working With You

Whatever the cause, a custom keychain from Monterey Company is worth every penny. With access to the best materials and the best equipment necessary for custom work, you can be confident in the quality and efficiency of the product and process. Furthermore, with truly knowledgeable and talented staff, bringing your design to life is fun and easy. We are excited to help you along each and every step, and take pride in our customer service ability, working with you to get your ideas from your sketchpad to your keyring. We look forward to being a part of expanding your business or organization’s reach, connecting with your customers, clients, and community in a unique and innovative way. What are you waiting for? Your keychain design is just a click or a phone call away!

When people create memories, they often want something tangible to commemorate those experiences. Keychains are used every day and are daily reminders of the fun they had when they visited your establishment. Furthermore, they’ll associate that good time with your brand or logo and will be more inclined to think of your business the next time they are seeking a similarly exciting experience.

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Our Customers

The ways in which custom and personalized keychains are used is endless, but here are a few of our most common customers:

Nonprofits and Volunteer Organizations: Often used as a “thank you” for donations or as a way to promote or commemorate an event or cause, custom designed keychains are the perfect item for your nonprofit or volunteer organization. They can be given away as door prizes, sold to raise money, used to start a conversation, or given in appreciation to active members or donors.

Parks and Museums: From a State or National Park to a community garden to the local museum or zoo, everyone can benefit from having custom made keychains hanging for sale in their gift shops. These purchases support the efforts of these organizations while adding value for visitors looking to have an item that is useful in their everyday life.

Schools, Universities, Clubs and Sports Teams: There are so many things of which people take prideful ownership, including their alma maters, the clubs to which they currently or previously belonged, and they're favorite professional or amateur sports teams. These organizations are the perfect platforms for logo keychains, as having something they’re proud of hanging from their key rings on a daily basis is the perfect way to demonstrate pride and affiliation with that organization. Promote a culture of pride within your organization by creating your own custom made keychain, perfect for your thriving fan base.

Keychains are a great promotional product for a wide variety of businesses and organizations. They are a fun and functional approach to marketing yourself or commemorating an event and provide an opportunity to connect and engage with customers, clients, and community members alike.

Looking For A Different Feel For Your Personalized Keychain?

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Soft Vinyl & PVC Keychains

For a fun, durable keychain option, consider our PVC rubber keychain varieties. Because rubber keychains are created by using a mold, any shape, size, or color is available to you when you’re considering your design. These rubber keychains can be made in either one-sided or two-sided 2-dimensional varieties, or even into 3 dimensions, with the 3-dimensional option allowing for unique curves, raises, and recessions.

This style keychain can accommodate as many colors as your design can fit, as a small space is added between colors, preventing contamination and guaranteeing quality. Finally, take your rubber design to another level by considering our magnet and PVC coaster options. Here at Monterey Company, the sky really is the limit when it comes to bringing your logo and design to life.