What is a soft enamel pin?


What Production Method Is Used For Soft Enamel Pins? Soft enamel lapel pins are die struck from a sheet metal is struck with a design creating recessed areas they are filled with vivid soft enamel color. The base metal used will vary depending on the usage of the lapel pin. An iron base metal would be used if a pin needs to be magnetic. Other base metals include brass, bronze, and copper. The final step is plating using either a shiny or antique plating.


Why Choose This Style?

There are many reasons to select this styles and the most popular reason is the color is recessed below the surface creating a textured feel. Embossed and plated with shiny or antique finish makes them really stand out. Vivid colors and a variety of attachment options are just the beginning. Mix and match colors and plating! We can take your logo and offer you a variety of color selections using the same die. As lapel pin maker, we can create samples in a variety of colors and send you samples for approval prior to full production.

Soft enamel lapel pins are one of our most popular styles we manufacture. With fine metal detailing and hundreds of different colors to choose from, soft enamel pins truly offer you the ability to create a fully customized and distinctive lapel pin.

We offer several customizing options including intentionally leaving certain areas of your design without color and adding sandblasting to those recessed areas. We can also add epoxy to the recessed areas making them smooth to the touch.

Free art on all orders soft enamel lapel pins!

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How Are These Custom Pins Made?

Soft enamel lapel pins are created by die-striking your design into bronze or Iron metal, leaving the individual, miniature reservoirs for each color that will be used on your lapel pins.

We then electroplate with the finish of your choosing, including silver, gold or copper and then hand polished on all three sides. Soft enamel coloring is added to the recessed areas by hand, using multiple sizes of syringes to fill each of the cavities three-quarters full.

The lapel pins are left to air dry, allowing the enamel to settle slightly, resulting in the colored areas being just below the metal surface. This creates multi-faceted detail and an embossed effect that you can feel when you run your finger over the surface. View the types of custom lapel pins we offer and our most popular styles.

Soft Enamel Pin Q&A

Production time varies depending on the style of custom pin you choose, but it normally takes between 2 to 3 weeks.
This style has texture because the metal around the color is raised and if you want a smooth pin, consider adding epoxy to the soft enamel or you may want to switch styles to a hard enamel or even a cloisonne style.
Design Options Include:

  • Custom Shapes: Lapel pins can be made in any custom shape.
  • 2D vs 3D: We can take most log and create a three dimensional design.
  • Gemstones: Stones can be added to any custom or standard shape design. We can add as many gemstones to a lapel pin as there are no limits to a number of stones we can add to your design. We can even mix and match stone colors.
  • Color Matching: We can match any color including PMS colors.
  • Epoxy Coating: Epoxy adds a layer of protection to your lapel pin design and makes them smooth to the touch.
  • Engraving: Year of service can be added to the front of a design and we can even engrave on the back of any custom shape.
  • Sandblasting: This is a great option if you would like to add a higher perceived value to your logo. Sandblasting gives any design a jewelry finish.
Plating & Finish Options

  • Antique Finishes: Plating options include gold, silver, copper antique finish.
  • Shiny Plating:  Lapel pins can be plated using a shiny gold, silver or copper finish.
  • Matte Finish: One of our favorite plating finishes is a matte plating. This style of plating looks great on 3D designs.
Options include the following back attachments:

  • Butterfly Clutch ( Standard )
  • Rubber Clutches
  • Deluxe Clutches
  • Magnet Backs
  • Safety Pin Backs
  • Screw Backs
  • We have additional attachment options.
Packaging Options include the following boxes and printed card options.

  • Individually Bagged ( Standard )
  • Plastic Gift Boxes
  • Velveteen Boxes
  • Printed Insert Cards ( We will attach your pin to a card )
  • Banks
  • Clubs
  • Hospitals
  • Non-profit and volunteer organizations
  • Collectors and enthusiasts
  • State and national parks
  • Theme parks, zoos, aquariums and museums
  • Exhibition and conference attendees
  • Police and fire departments
  • Military divisions
  • Universities and schools
  • Membership, political and religious groups
  • Associations and organizations
  • Sporting and athletic clubs

Take The Next Step… Contact us and we will provide you with a quote for your customized soft enamel pin and we will also create a proof for your approval.