WHICH IS RIGHT FOR YOU?
Cloisonné (hard enamel) pins follow this process: Each Cloisonné powder is applied to the brass pin base, one color at a time, with each application placed higher than the metal retaining wall and fired at 800-1000 degrees centigrade. After the pin has cooled, the next color is added and fired again, then the pin is polished to a smooth surface, checked for quality, has the chosen attachment soldered into place, and then plated in GOLD, SILVER, or BRONZE. This style is the highest quality available.
Soft Enamel (Stamped):
Unlike Cloisonné, stamped soft enamel allows use of the full pantone color range. Each color is added as the previous color is drying, then the pin is baked to harden the enamels. The enamel paint is a thin cover (compared to Cloisonné) and can become scratched with wear, so an epoxy dome can be added to protect colors. Plating is used to border the emblem, divide the color areas, and make the fine lettering. Very good quality at a discount from Cloisonné
Photo Etched (Silk Screened) Enamel:
Colors from artwork are matched to PMS color and chemicals are used to etch the design into the brass surface. After all colors are applied, the pin is oven-baked, quality checked, has the back attachment placed, and plated. This is the most economical option.
Commitment to Quality
We start with a high quality die, essential for top quality. Then the material itself must be free of imperfections and the edge of the pin must be smooth. Colors must be crisply delineated, clear and clean. And plating must be even and free of spots or runs. Quality checks are performed at each process step before packaging and delivery. We really enjoy working with customers to produce a valued Enamel Pin.
Minimum orders of 100 and allow 3 1/2 weeks for normal fulfillment.