Lapel pins are usually worn by people on their jacket, dress, the lapel of a coat, or even on their caps. They can be made in many different designs and are not only worn, but also collected by people. Common pins have a company’s logo, a country or state, or cartoon characters.
When looking to have custom pins made, there are a lot of lapel pin companies that offer custom-made pins. In the search for a company, it is best to know more about how they make their pins and what materials are used. It is also advisable to search for reviews online about a certain company and see if the people are generally satisfied with the quality of their work.
The first thing to decide on is the style of the lapel pin. There are several kinds available and each has its own unique look, cost, and material. The following are some of the styles available:
•Soft enamel pins – one of the most common choices for pins because they look great and are inexpensive. The materials available are copper, brass, iron, and zinc.
•Cloisonné pins – have a jewelry-like appearance and are a great choice for designs with distinct colors. The pins are made from a powdered glass-like material and makes use of two bronze die-cut molds.
•3D cast pins – boasts a high level of detail and depth which gives them a three dimensional look and feel. It offers many plating options and finishes.
•Photo etched pins – has a similar look to soft enamel and cloisonné pins but at a much cheaper cost. The pins are made from a thin metal which is appropriate for etching. The images on the pins can be taken from a photo negative, which is one draw of a photo etched pin.
•Die struck pins – are pins that are all metal and the design is made from a mold struck from raw metal. A die struck pin can be plated with nickel, silver, gold, and other antiquing styles. The pins have fine details and depth.
The next thing to decide on is the base metal plating color for the custom pins. It is also possible to opt for a two tone pin to create a unique design. The available base metal colors are:
There is also the option of a textured background to give the custom pins an additional effect. This applies for die struck pins and non-colored soft enamel pins. The textures can really make the raised metal really stand out.
Additionally, there are some accessories that can be added to really give the pin a distinguished look.
•Slider – an attachment to the main pin which moves back and forth freely.
•Dangler – small attachments to the main pin and hang from it.
•Bobble head – attached to the pin and has a spring and adds animation and bounce.
•Spinner – a small attachment that can spin around and something fun to the pin.
•Blinker – are small LEDs that blink on and off. They operate on watch batteries and can be turned on or off at the back of the pin.
•Glitter – adds a nice touch to the pin by giving it a sparkle effect.
•Glow in the dark features – the pin is coated with a substance that captures light, which enables it to glow in at night or in the dark.
The other important thing when getting custom pins made is the size of the pin. Some designs may need a bigger sized pin in order to fully see it and also any text that is present. A small pin may crowd the design and text together and it will be unsightly. The sizes range from ½ inch to ¼ inch.