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Jack'sIf you’re jumping into the world of custom pins, it’s easy to get in over your head! Galleries are helpful, but when you’re trying to create a custom lapel pin that’s accurate and authentic to your ideas and visions, it’s understandable to want some clarification.

One of the questions we’re asked most frequently is: What’s the difference between the types of pins you offer?

Soft enamel, cloisonné, die-struck, and offset printed pins are all typical offerings in the world of custom pins, but again, if you’re new, these probably aren’t terms you’re super familiar with. That’s okay! We’re here to help!

Keep in mind that each type of pin has its strengths. There are certain things that each type would be more appropriate for. If you want something very professional and sleek, cloisonné is likely the best choice for you. If you’re creating a pin for a party or an event, or if you want something elegant and colorful on a budget, soft enamel just might fit the bill.

Die struck pins are elegant in their simplicity. They have no color, which allows a pop of metal to shine through wherever you place it. These are fantastic choices as awards or commemorative items. If you’re worried about your design popping through, we have antiquing options! This will create some darker areas (strategic tarnishing, if you will) that allow your design to pop!

Finally, offset printed pins are a fantastic option if you’re looking for something photorealistic. The process for this type of custom lapel pin involves digitally printing an image onto the metal of the pin, so there’s no need to worry whether your drawing or design will translate well.

Even though we offer many different options for your lapel pin needs, we also stand by each and every one of our products. Whatever type you go with, our designers are always on hand to make sure your design translates and pops through the way it needs to.

As always, we offer our customers free molds, free setup, and free shipping. If you have any questions, give us a call at 1-866-604-9462, or shoot us an email at We’re happy to assist you with a no-obligation proof and quote. We’re ready to assist you with all of your lapel pin needs!