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School Pride

Written on September 21, 2017 at 3:17 pm, by

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It’s fall, which means school is back in session. With kids back in their seats, quarters already coming to a close, and graduations to plan, there’s no better way to make your students feel appreciated than with custom lapel pins!

Every school feels proud of their accomplishments and students, and what better way to show off that pride than with a custom pin with your mascot, school logo, or anything that you feel represents your student body and faculty?

School pride lapel pins are fantastic for various events such as football games, graduations, teacher meet-and-greets, student rewards, and even more. Even better: If you choose to make your pins with us, we guarantee that your pins won’t break your budget. What’s better than quality rewards at an excellent price?

Lapel pins for your school can be any type. Colorful pins will be either soft enamel or cloisonne, and metal pins will be die struck. If you’re concerned with cost, we’re happy to work with you to find a design that’s both striking, appropriate, and fits into your school budget.

Ready to get started on a unique way to show your school pride? Go ahead and give us a call at 1-866-604-9462, or email us at info@allaboutpins.com. Let us help you celebrate all that your school and students have accomplished!

Clearing Up Epoxy

Written on September 6, 2017 at 2:10 pm, by

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When you’re creating custom lapel pins, whether as company rewards, party favors, or to get your artwork out into the world, it’s understandable to be a little concerned when doing a strictly digital transaction. Sure, the proof looks amazing (our talented designers will do nothing less for you), but how do you know that your pins will be of the same quality? How do you know that they won’t suffer damages in transit from the factory to you?

All of our pins come packaged by default in individual poly bags. This prevents the pins from running into one another and suffering from scratches and chips in the enamel. While our pins are always of the highest quality, let’s be honest: mail carriers are rough with packages in the name of efficiency. Without the protection of the small bags, there’s a very real chance that the hard metal could cause some damage to other pins in the batch.

We do offer other packaging options (to be discussed later! :) ), but another way to ensure that your pins stay protected is to coat them with epoxy. This works well on several of our pin types. Epoxy coating is a type of resin that’s put over your design after it’s complete. It seals it in and gives your pin a smooth finish, not unlike cloisonne.

Due to the nature of our offset printed pins, epoxy comes on those by default. However, for our other pin types, it can be included by request. Since it’s clear, it doesn’t damage or change your design at all, and it provides you with the peace of mind that your pins are protected, regardless of what happens to your poly bags or printed cards, or how your mail carrier decides to abuse your package.

Curious if your pins would look good with epoxy? Want to add it to future designs? Feel free to contact us at 1-866-604-9462, or email us at info@allaboutpins.com, and we’ll be happy to discuss your options!

Make Your Pins Pop With Antiquing!

Written on September 5, 2017 at 2:41 pm, by

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How are you die struck custom lapel pins looking? Shiny, right? They should, as die-struck pins have no color – they just show the metal plating!

However, we understand that sometimes, your pin just needs a little bit more. Sure, it’s great to have a piece of flair shining off of your lapel, or wherever you or your team choose to display your creations. Still, a lot of detail can get lost when you have nothing to look at but the plating. It’s suitable for some designs (such as special edition pins of another design), but sometimes, what you really need to make your pins pop is contrast.

Can we do that for you? Of course we can! All of our die struck lapel pins come with the option to be antiqued, which is exactly what it sounds like: we make your pin look older. This adds a strategic tarnish to your pin in order to capture details and add contrast and visual interest. If you have a lot of detail in your pin, this can give it an illustrative touch that will be sure to highlight and hone in on all the important features.

Antiquing also adds a level of class to your pin. If you’re getting these in a professional context, surely you expect your company to be around for the long haul, right? Think of your pins like an heirloom, passed down through generations in your company. These are rewards of the highest caliber, and your employees will be delighted to receive them.

There is a small fee for the antiquing process – just something to keep in mind. If you’d like to discuss your options for making your die struck lapel pins pop, give us a call at 1-866-604-9462, or email us at info@allaboutpins.com, and we’ll be happy to create a proof that dazzles you!

Pin Types: Offset Printed

Written on September 1, 2017 at 1:29 pm, by

pin158This past week, we’ve been shining some spotlight on our various pin types, and we’re almost at the end! Hopefully, all the information regarding our options is helpful, and clues you in as to which type of custom lapel pin is best for you!

Our last type is probably our least common, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a solid choice! Offset printed lapel pins give you the privilege of actually putting a photo directly on a pin. There’s no need to reimagine your concept as an illustration, which can be helpful if you’re trying to capture an exact likeness, or you aren’t quite sure how to convey what you want. A picture’s worth more words than anyone could type!

Offset printed pins go through somewhat of a different process than our other types. A piece of metal in the basic shape you want will be created, and from there, your photograph will be printed directly onto that metal. We include reference images of your photograph with your order so there are no mix-ups. Your colors and image will match perfectly to what’s provided.

After the pin is created, we coat each one with a protective epoxy coating. This is an option available on all of our pins, but we especially wouldn’t want your offset printed pin to scratch or chip. The epoxy is used to create a sealant to ensure that your photo stays vibrant and safe for years to come! It also gives your pin a smooth, jewel-like finish, unlike cloisonné.

Because of the unique process involved with offset printed pins, we do charge an additional fee for these orders. If you have any questions regarding the process (or why we need to charge that fee), go ahead and ask!

We’re always available to help you. If you have any questions or concerns regarding pin types, or you’d like to spitball and get some ideas floating around, feel free to contact us at 1-866-604-9462 or shoot us an email at info@allaboutpins.com!

Pin Types: Die Struck

Written on August 31, 2017 at 1:25 pm, by

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Sometimes, no color is the best option for your custom lapel pins. Adding color can complicate your design and make it garish, and if you aren’t an artist, deciding on color schemes and matching colors can be a huge pain. Trust us: we understand.

If you’re looking for a strictly metal pin for your design or logo, you don’t have to worry about choosing the best option, or which of or types will best suit your company and pin. We’ve got an option just for you: die struck lapel pins.

If you think the difference between die struck lapel pins and other types is simply that die struck pins lack color, you’re absolutely right! A die struck pin includes creating your design as a mold and plating it with your metal of choice. Whether you’re into silver, gold, copper, or nickel, we’ve got you covered!

What are the benefits of choosing our die struck pins over one of our other types? Die struck pins have a certain elegance about them. They’re sleek, due to only being metal. They’re the perfect amount of accent or flair to your uniform or your suit.

If you’re an artist creating a limited run of pins, perhaps consider printing a few die struck pins! Your fans will love the chance to receive a special edition pin from you.

If you’re worried about your design being distinctive, we offer antiquing options for a small fee. Antiquing involves darkening the edges of your design, giving it an elegantly tarnished look. This adds contrast and ensures that your die struck pin will remain eye-catching!

If you have questions regarding whether your pin will work as a metal-only design, or you just want to discuss some options, give us a call at 1-866-604-9462, or email us at info@allaboutpins.com!

Pin Types: Cloisonné

Written on August 30, 2017 at 3:09 pm, by

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If you’ve spent much time perusing our site, you’re probably aware that soft enamel pins aren’t the only type of custom lapel pins that we offer. We’ve got so many options that sometimes, they can be difficult and overwhelming to choose from! We want to make sure that the pin you create and receive is as close as possible to your original vision, but trust us – we understand the confusion.

Just as soft enamel pins aren’t the only type of custom pins we offer, they’re also not the only option for you if you’re dead-set on having a color pin. Cloisonné pins are just as versatile as soft enamel. You can take advantage of all of our extra options and features (such as glitter, gemstones, and more) while keeping the integrity and the style of your pin.

Cloisonné pins are also known as hard enamel. Just like soft enamel, the difference lies in the coloring process. Once your mold is stamped out, the enamel coloring fills all the way to the edges. This gives you a surface that’s smooth to the touch, with no ridges. It almost looks like jewelry! It’s pretty fancy and very expensive-looking – but don’t shake your head just yet! All of our pin options are affordable, and our proofs come to you without commitment. If you’re interested, don’t be afraid to ask us to mock up a cloisonné example for you!

Because of the style of cloisonné pins, they’re most appropriate for corporations, memorial events, and professional clients – or if you just want a pin that looks classy and sleek! Our cloisonné pins are stylish, and the smooth surface is resistant to scratching.

Interested in producing your own pin, but you’re a little unsure of how to do it? We’re here to help you! Give us a call at 1-866-604-9462, or email us at info@allaboutpins.com, and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have!

Pin Types: Soft Enamel

Written on August 29, 2017 at 1:28 pm, by

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We get it: we have a ton of different pin types to choose from. Even if you’re not new to the custom lapel pin business, it’s easy to get overwhelmed – especially when the different types seem so similar. It’s all paint on metal, right? Why the need for so many distinctions?

Today, we’ll focus on soft enamel pins. Soft enamel lapel pins are probably our most popular type, and that’s not surprising! Soft enamel offers clients a classy, elegant lapel pin, and it costs less to produce than other types. That means you’ll receive a great-looking pin for a bargain price, and you won’t have to sacrifice a professional look to do it.

How are soft enamel pins created? For starters, all of our pins start out as molds in our factory. Our factories take your designs and create a mold. “Soft enamel” actually refers to the coloring process.

When your mold is created, the picture is created in a series of recesses and edges. The edges are the outline of your design – and also why we have to “separate” colors with what appears to be a border of metal. Soft enamel pins are colored by dropping paint into the recesses of your pin. If you’ve ever gotten a transparent “suncatcher,” or painted one yourself, the process is pretty similar!

When the pin is done, you’ll be able to feel the edges of your design. The outline will feel like ridges, and the design will not be smooth to the touch. However, that doesn’t mean that your pin will be scratched, or that the paint will be ineffective. Your pin will come out beautifully – and at a fraction of the cost for other types. This is a fantastic pin type for schools, small businesses, or any type of organization on a budget!

As always, if you have any issues with your produced pin, or you’re anxious to get started, contact us at 1-866-604-9462, or by email at info@allaboutpins.com! We offer free setup and molds, and we’re happy to discuss which pin type would be most effective for your design. We look forward to hearing from you!

Pin Emergency!

Written on August 25, 2017 at 1:24 pm, by

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Regardless of what purpose you use your custom lapel pins for, you’re sure to run into this problem eventually: running out of pins! If you’re an artist or an illustrator running your own small (or large!) business, this is bad news. How are you going to keep your business afloat when you’ve sold out of your most popular product? If your pins are for an event, such as a school graduation or a charity, it can be a hassle to go through the design process year after year to make sure you have enough pins.

Here’s the good news: you don’t have to!

Did you know that we keep comprehensive records of artwork we’ve done for our clients and that the factories we work with keep your physical molds on hand for two years after you purchase? This makes the reorder process incredibly easy.

It may seem like you need to go through the free quote form every time you want to get an order started, even if it’s a design we’ve already mocked up for you previously. However, this actually slows down our process, and we can get you that order link and confirmed reorder link to you if you just reorder from us directly. It’s a shortcut, and it means your replenished inventory will be on your doorstep that much quicker.

The next time you need to stock up on a pin you’ve ordered previously, just shoot us an email at info@allaboutpins.com regarding it. If you have a previous quote email on hand or an invoice, that’s just extra credit, and it can help us find your original design faster.

From there, the reorder process is the same. You’ll receive a link from us that will take you to the order form, and all you have to do is fill it out with the information that we give you. Once it’s processed, you’ll have the standard lead time until your pins arrive, just as they did the first time! It’s easy!

If you’d like to get started on a reorder of your old pins, or you have a new design you’d like to discuss with you, we’re always ready for it! Email us at the above address, or give us a call at 1-866-604-9462 and we can get started on that for you!

Stake Your Claim With a Custom Backstamp!

Written on August 24, 2017 at 2:17 pm, by

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Anybody can create a great custom lapel pin design. It’s true! Even if you think you weren’t graced with much artistic talent, our artists on staff can help you out with a little bit of elaboration and description from you. Your designs and ideas are guaranteed to pop when you put your trust with us – that much is a given.

However, did you know that pins are often more than just the design? That there’s more to them than the colorful images printed on them?

When you’re putting an image or a product out for the public (for instance, if you’re selling the custom pins you receive from us), there’s always the worry of whether or not your design and ideas are safe. It’s a big world, it’s a wide Internet, and you never know whether the people who find it are trustworthy.

It’s an unfortunate fact that design thievery does happen. We do our best to filter this out by rejecting designs that we recognize as having come from elsewhere, or other clients, but if you’re wary, that’s understandable. Luckily, there are some steps you can take to ensure that your custom lapel pin remains – and is recognizable as – your own!

The easiest way to take care of this is simply to opt for a custom backstamp on your pin. By default, our pins either come with our logo and website URL on the back or blank, but you can replace that with your logo, your name, or any copyright information that you have.

Custom backstamps on your pins allow you to stake a very physical claim. As it’s printed on the back, it’s more difficult for potential thieves to replicate, as only you will have the original image file used to create it. Your backstamp can also work as a great promotional material if you’re giving your pins away for free, or selling them at events such as festivals. With your name and logo, people who enjoy your artwork will be able to find more of it, and you may even find some lifelong clients of your own.

We’re happy to discuss our options for both artwork and custom backstamps with you if you have any questions! Feel free to give us a call at 1-866-604-9462, or shoot us an email at info@allaboutpins.com so that we can discuss and get started! Happy pinning!

Taking Your Design and Making it Pop!

Written on August 23, 2017 at 1:39 pm, by

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If you’re a designer by nature, it’s natural to be a little bit nervous and confused when creating custom lapel pins for the first time. Your work is precious to you! From conception to execution, it’s possible it took you hours to create, so to hand off your work to someone else is understandably nerve-wracking.

I’m here to tell you that you have absolutely nothing to worry about. We’re not here to steal your artwork and pass it off as our own, nor are we here to change your work beyond recognition. In fact, we’re locked and loaded with a great team of artists ourselves, so we understand the struggle!

Even if you’re not a designer or not much of an artist or illustrator, that shouldn’t stop you from creating the custom lapel pins you’re itching to stick somewhere. Our artists are skilled and versatile, and they’re able to translate your ideas from a vision to something physical.

To be completely transparent about our process, it helps if you think about it like a cycle. First, you email us your design or ideas using our free quote request form. By attaching a photo, logo, or describing your ideas in the comments, that helps us get a firm idea of what look you’re trying to accomplish. From there, your design will be passed on to a member of our incredible, skilled artist team, and they’ll get to work on proofing your design!

This first proof is what you’ll be sent along with a price quote. If we missed the mark, or there’s something you’d like to change, we’re open to feedback! That’s why we offer unlimited rounds of revisions on your design at no additional charge!

We’re dedicated to translating your vision properly and bringing your ideas to life. Your intellectual property will remain yours, and you’re free to do with the pins as you wish. To remain true to our goal of amazing customer service, if there are any issues with the pins you order, please contact us so we can resolve it as soon as possible!

Has the pin bug stung you yet? Feel free to start the process by emailing us at info@allaboutpins.com or giving us a call at 1-866-604-9462! We’re happy to chat about your custom lapel pin design and help spark some creativity!