What is a Hard Enamel Pin?

hard enamel pins

Hard enamel lapel pins are die struck from metal and the enamel color is on the same level with the surrounding metal making these pins smooth to the touch.

You have a choice of base metals, including brass, bronze, and copper. Made as an alternative to cloisonne pins and are known to be the highest quality style pin.

The most durable and most popular choice when designing a high quality pin. Hard enamel pins are made to resemble cloisonne and are smooth to the touch where the metal and color are on the same level.

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Are these the highest quality custom enamel pins?

Yes!! What makes these pins the highest quality? A few reasons, they are normally die struck into metal and then color filled with high quality enamel color. We can color match any color and the metal can be made to any desired thickness.

Metal Choices Below:

  • Brass
  • Bronze
  • Copper
  • Iron

In the process of making these pins, they are overfilled with enamel and then ground down to the same level as the surrounding metal.  Another reason these pins are considered a high-end pin is they a made smooth by polishing all sides creating a jewelry like finish.

Are these pins considered to be Cloisonné pins?

The simple answer is no! There is a lot of confusion over the term “hard enamel” because of the miss use of the term. Since we have been making custom pins since 1989, we are a bit of an expert when it comes to the differences in enamels. Over the years we have heard this style of enamel called so many things. We have even seen our competition call their trading pins cloisonné. Having to try and explain that trading pins are not normally made out of cloisonné can be a challenge.

Here are some names hard enamel has been called over the years:

  • Ebola (Awesome name)
  • Cloisonne
  • New Enamel
  • Semi cloisonné
  • Synthetic enamel
  • Imitation cloisonné

Confused yet? Join the club, we are too! Not to worry, we are here to not only walk you through any questions you may have but make sure you receive the highest quality hard enamel pins that you would be proud to hand out.