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Look no further, our cloisonne lapel pins are custom made with your design using this 13th-century process.  Cloisonne 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 that far exceeds that of other types of lapel pin processes. For this reason, cloisonné is the preferred type of hard enamel for designing a custom pin.

Cloisonne pins have a rich and unique look and the enamel can be made with a solid pigment or a transparent color. As with hard enamel pins, cloisonne has metal separating each color. Unlike hard enamel, cloisonne enamel only comes in 200 colors.

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What is the difference between hard enamel pins and cloisonné?

This ancient technique first starts with die striking metal blanks creating recessed areas in the metal. Color is added until filled perfectly to the edge of the metal. The firing process is very labor intensive, as they have to be filled and fired repeatedly until the desired look is achieved. The same process is used with hard enamel pins accept they fired the same way as cloisonne pins are. Hard enamel is put into an oven and heated until cured. Both styles resemble each other but the big difference is hard enamel pins can match logo colors.

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How are cloisonne lapel pins made?

Custom cloisonne lapel pins are in the die struck family of pins. The technique used to produce them is an unparalleled and revered art form. Designs are first die-struck into a copper or metal base, creating cavities. The cavities are filled entirely by hand with the Cloisonné enamel of your choice. Colors are made from a pigmented sand exclusive to Cloisonné and must be determined using a color chart. The pins are then fired at about 1,700 degrees Fahrenheit, effectively turning the colored sand to glass. Unlike hard enamel pins, 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.