Have questions about making lapel pins?

Custom Hat Pins takes creativity and imagination seriously. We custom design, develop, produce, and deliver the best quality hat pins in the industry. But our goal isn’t just to manufacture the best pins in the industry. We also want to educate you, our valued customers about how we go about producing our pins, how you can order them through our website, and even offering some ideas about how you can use them! An educated consumer is a smart, satisfied consumer.

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You’ve got a vision. But how to make that a reality? To make enamel pins that fit your vision, you will need to do some research to determine the exact materials that will work for your brand. In the following sections, we will walk you through some of the choices you will have to make and the factors that will inform that decision.

Why Order Custom Pins?

Lapel pins are often used for symbols of membership or achievement in various organizations. Fraternities and sororities often use lapel pins as a symbol for their societies. To give some additional examples, you could create Custom Promotional Pins, Custom Band Pins, Custom Military Pins, Custom Motorcycle Club Pins, or Custom Sports Pins. In some cases, club members could wear the pins to gatherings or special events to show their commitment to the club or organization. And post event or membership in an organization, collectors often seek out Custom Pins to accumulate or display. This serves to increase recognition and exposure of your brand.

Many large companies and small businesses also create Custom Employee Recognition Lapel Pins and pins for customers or members. Lapel pins are commonly presented to individuals as symbols accomplishment. These lapel pins help to create a sense of affiliation and acceptance within groups or organizations. Lapel pins can also boost employee morale and encourage productivity and engagement. We’ll present more ideas for uses of your Lapel Pins later. But let’s take a look at lapel pin styles now.

Lapel pins come in different styles. Two of the most popular styles are soft enamel pins and hard enamel pins. Let’s take a closer look at each of those.

Soft Enamel Pins
Soft enamel is the most popular choice for creating enamel pins and a favorite for beginners. It generally has more color options with richer and more vibrant colors available. Using soft enamel also allows you to get more texture detail into your design, including borders and edges that you can actually feel.


Soft Enamel Pins are known for their affordability and are perfect for product or service branding or any number of other uses. These pins feature solid colors outlined by raised metal. The raised metal areas give the pins what could be called an embossed appearance.

Soft enamel pins are a great option when you need high quality at an affordable price. However, soft enamel pins are also much less durable than hard enamel pins. If you are producing pins whose use will include a lot of wear and tear, you may want to look at hard enamel pins. Another possible drawback of soft enamel pins is that their embossed appearance can sometimes make it hard to see the details of your pin’s artwork. If this is a concern, consider producing hard enamel pins instead.

Hard Enamel Pins
Hard enamel is much more durable and rugged than soft enamel, but it can be more expensive and generally has more restrictions when it comes to coloring. Hard enamel pins can appear subdued and less vivid than soft enamel pins. Additionally, hard enamel pins use a clear coat of resin on top which creates a flat, texture-less surface. Hard enamel is a good choice if your pins will need to withstand the elements and if long-term durability is important to you.

Full Color Pins
You can also choose to order full color pins. These are made from stainless steel metal which is then cut to shape and your image is digitally imprinted onto the metal. It is then finished off with a clear coat of epoxy for protection.


Full color stainless steel pins do have some drawbacks as well. They are not as thick as a soft or hard enamel pin. Another issue is that the pin clasp, or backer, which is soldered to the pin is not as sturdy as those on soft or hard enamel pins.

3D Pins
Do you want to immediately catch someone’s attention with your pins? Take a look at our Custom 3D Pins! These are dye cast with a sturdy metal highlighting intricate details, creating an eye-popping 3D appearance that is sure to make an impression.

Bobble Pins
You are probably familiar with Bobble Head dolls which date all the way back to the seventeenth century. They became popular in the early to mid-twentieth century in America as figurines depicting entertainers or sports figures. But did you know you can incorporate this beloved novelty feature on pins? Whether it’s a brand logo, a celebrity or entertainer, or even a school mascot, a Bobble Lapel Pin adds animated energy and bounce to your product.

Dangler Pins
Do you want to add a little pizzazz to your Custom Lapel Pins? Try adding a Dangler! This specialty feature will take your pin to the next level! Danglers are small additions that hang the main pin and swing, sway, and wave. You can design the dangle to be anything that enhances the design of your main pin.

Slider Pins
Now here is a fun, interactive upgrade! You can add a slider to your Custom Lapel Pin! This slider is a small metal addition attached to the main pin. The slider allows the wearer to adjust movement on the lapel pin with an additional element that serves to highlight the design of your main pin.

Spinner Pins
Spinner Pins are similar in concept to Dangler or Slider Pins, but instead of hanging from the bottom of the main pin or sliding back-and-forth, the spinner addition twirls. The spinning movement provides options for a host of creative concepts that bring enjoyment to the wearer and a sense of novelty to collectors.

Colored Dyed Metals and Colored Rubber Backers
An extra special touch can be added to your Custom Lapel Pins with features like colored dyed metals and colored rubber backers. Make your pins really stand out with one of these additions! The only pins that can be color dyed are the soft enamel pins. Colored rubber backers are available for all of the different pin types.


Additional Extras
There are even more ways you can customize your pins! Want your pin to glow in the dark? Or how about adding glitter? You can include either of these options just by letting us know. Another exciting feature is anodizing the metal to create a rainbow color effect. The pins can be anodized by passing electricity through an electrolyte solution which produces a light-refractive oxide on the surface of the metal. This method generates an array of various colors without using dyes. The colors are caused by the light reflecting off the underlying surface metal and passing through the oxidized layer on top. Ask us to see samples.


Are you creating Custom Pins for a special event or as part of a limited edition collection? You might want to consider have them sequenced. Numbered Custom Pins immediately become collector’s items and give a sense of exclusivity to anyone who acquires one.


We also have custom packaging options available if you are selling or reselling your Custom Pins. Branded, custom packaging can help promote your pin to customers who might not otherwise take notice of them.


Pricing
There are many factors that influence the pricing of your pins. As a basic rule of thumb, it is important to try to keep your costs low when ordering pins. Here is a look at the factors that increase the final price of your order:
• The size of your pin
• The quantity of your order
• Adding Glow or Glitter colors
• Numbering your pin


In terms of order quantity, the main cost for in the manufacturing process is building the initial mold for your pin. Once we have built the mold to cast your pin, the cost to add more pins to your order is not a significant factor on your bottom line. This is something to keep in mind when you are considering how large of an order you should make.


We do have a minimum order quantity of one hundred (100) Custom Pins. However, you can produce more than one color pin as long as the design is the same in a 100 pin minimum order. Just let us know if you want to create different color pins with your minimum order.

Production Timeline
Ready to Order?
If you have decided what type of Custom Lapel Pin you want to order and the quantity you will need, you will have to provide artwork in order for us to begin the process. Camera-ready art is preferred. This simply means that the art document you provide is, from a technical aspect, ready to be printed. We prefer the artwork to be provided in Adobe Illustrator (.AI) or .EPS formats. But we can also accept .JPG, .GIF, .PNG, .PPT, .DOC, .PDF, .BMP, .TIFF and .PSD files. If you don’t have artwork ready, we can help! Our in-house art department can assist you in turning your logo or idea into a fantastic pin design. Just let us know you need help designing your artwork when you place your order.

Uses
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Conclusion
By partnering with us at Custom Hat Pins, designing and producing your own Custom Enamel Pins is easy! You’re a creative person, now it’s time to share your creativity with the world.

If you have any questions about ordering pins through Custom Hat Pins or how pins can work for you, please reach out to us by email at orders@customhatpins.com.