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Custom etched enamel pins, also known as photo-etched soft enamel pins, have a very specific look and feel that is very popular. No matter how modern the design may be, there is always a sense of timelessness with a custom enamel lapel pin that goes beyond the antique process we use for our die-struck pins and coins.

Custom etched enamel pins are also known for their ability to capture an impressive amount of small detail as well as being the lightest weight enameled pin we make. Fine detail is achieved by using a unique acid-reaction process, rather than die striking, to create the color cavities. The high detail in combination with its light weight makes it a popular choice for those looking for trading pins, promotions and other types of giveaways.

Sample Enamel Pins

Sample Photo Etched Pins

Why Etched Enamel Lapel Pins?

  • When you need a customized pin with a lot of detail
  • When you need a lightweight pin
  • To create a detailed pin for promotions, giveaways or trading
  • To say thank you to fundraisers, volunteers, and employees
  • To show company pride and recognize employee service
  • To create a piece of collectible commemorative art
  • To celebrate graduations, anniversaries and company milestones
  • To provide souvenirs for visitors to parks, zoos, and aquariums

How to Order Your Custom Etched Enamel Pins

There are several factors to consider when you order a custom etched enamel pin, and we are here to help you every step of the way. Here are the answers to some commonly asked questions about ordering custom enamel lapel pins.

How are etched enamel pins made?
These customized pins have one of the unique processes known to the industry, surpassed only by the cloisonné technique. For an etched enamel pin, an image of your custom design is transferred from a photographic negative onto the surface of the base metal, then an acid-reaction process is used to etch the design into a brass base. The indentations left by the acids are filled with enamel colors and fired. Last but not least, an epoxy coating is applied over the entire pin, protecting the enamel color and the metal from scratches.

The Process

Etching is a process whereby a corrosive acid is used to corrode or burn a design onto the metal. A design is designated by an outline of wax and the acid then burns everything that isn’t covered in wax.

We use this method in our photo etched lapel pins, and it’s also quite popular in the creation of coins and medallions. This unique acid reaction process helps achieve finer detail then you would with a die struck pin and gives you the full range of color. It also leaves you with a lightweight product that is perfect for trading pins and giveaways.

Custom Photo Etched Soft Enamel lapel pins are great for obtaining impressively small detail and are the lightest in weight of all of the enameled pins we make. These custom lapel pins are created with a unique acid reaction process, instead of a die strike to fashion the cavities which will contain each color of the design. Finer detail is easier to achieve in the image and this custom lapel pin style will provide a lightweight alternative to die struck lapel pins, making them better for trading pins, promotions, and giveaways.

The creation of a custom Photo Etched Soft Enamel lapel pin is one of the unique processes known to the industry. Taking an image of your custom design, it is then transferred from a photographic negative onto the surface of the base metal. it is then etched into a brass base using an acid reaction process. Indentations left by the acids are then filled with enamel colors and then fired. When that is done, an epoxy coating is applied over the pin, creating a protective cover over the enamel color and the metal.

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