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Finding the Best Custom Pin Manufacturer

Written on December 13, 2018 at 8:28 pm, by

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Finding the Best Custom Pin Manufacturer

 

You might think the hardest step of getting a set of custom pins finished would be creating a design for your needs, but try googling “custom pin companies” sometime. You’ll be inundated by page after page of businesses and pin suppliers all purporting to be your one-stop shop for custom pins. Don’t make the mistake of thinking each company is the same.

Different manufacturers have different standards and picking the right company for your needs from the beginning can save you a major headache down the line. From the ability to make timely delivery to the experience of their design team, many factors differentiate the pin companies you find online but keep these tips in mind and you’ll narrow your options and better evaluate a potential partner.

Identify Your Needs

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The first part of deciding on any company is identifying what exactly you need from a company ranging from color options for your pins, customizations you might have in mind and general responsiveness over the course of an order. For example, at the beginning of any project, All About Pins asks clients for basic information including pin type, the number of pins to be ordered, size of the pins and any deadline for an order. Having information like this on hand makes getting a quote a faster and more quickly sets the parameters of your project. As long as you have a clear vision, much of the rest comes down to checking a manufacturer’s production capabilities and narrowing your results to the companies you know can make your concept a reality.

Check Previous Projects and a Company’s Track Record

Just because a company advertises the ability to meet your needs, doesn’t mean they’re guaranteed to do it well. Checking a company’s track record is likely the first thing you’ll do before committing to any service but for pin companies, you want to keep an eye out for both quality and variety in their art and pins. Scour their website and social media for examples of previous work and keep an eye out in particular for comparisons between a company’s art proofs and their final products. Have they worked on designs with similar elements to your ideas? Does their gallery demonstrate creative flexibility with their clients?

Sometimes the best place to start looking is social media.  All About Pins is constantly updating its social accounts with highlights of completed projects and pins we’ve helped design and produce to showcase our most creative or unique works. It shouldn’t be hard to find quality examples of a company’s work, and if it is, maybe it’s better to move on to a more tried and tested service.

Look For Expertise and Variety

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If you’ve got a design and concept for a pin, look for manufacturers who offer both a variety of customizations and expertise for modifying and creating key visual effects from a draft to a pin. Unfortunately, some art effects such as color gradients are difficult or impossible to copy as a pin but an experienced team can offer unique solutions to problems ranging from new color palettes that visually replicate an original look or redesign a concept to better incorporate your original ideas. Part of our design process includes free design consultations where we work with every client to discuss their plans and help bring their unique ideas to fruition.

Review a Company’s Services and Extra Offers

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Most custom pin companies will offer different color, plating and attachment options for your designs but remember the broader picture. You’re probably ordering custom pins for either an occasion or for retail and extra services such as velvet cases or custom cardstock can be essential for your pin’s final presentation. Identify which of these special services you need from custom cardstock backing to unique presentation options. If a company offers to package these services along with your pins, you can end up saving an enormous amount of both time and money.

Look For a Quality Guarantee

Every business strives to get their services right the first time around but there’s potential for hiccups or problems during production is always a possibility. What sets a good pin company apart from the rest is their ability to respond to these hiccups and relay solutions when the final product doesn’t match expectations. We offer a full quality guarantee on all of our products and offer a full review of any potential problems. You should avoid any company that can’t promise to back their products up in the same fashion as it shows a lack of confidence in their own products and a lack of insurance for your order.

Your Pin Source

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It can be nerve-wracking placing your trust in a new production partner but keep a look out for companies who can offer quick turnaround and steady communication throughout your experience working with them. You want to work with a company with high production standards and an experienced staff who’s worked on a variety of different projects and can offer you the most experienced and professional advice.

As an experienced supplier of custom pins, we hope you’ll try our services! All About Pins has over a decade of experience designing high-quality custom pins for clients in every walk of life including corporations, small clubs, artists and emergency services.

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting an Order of Custom Lapel Pins

Written on December 4, 2018 at 6:06 pm, by

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5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting an Order of Custom Lapel Pins

 

Choices are great. Which is why All About Pins is quite proud to offer thousands of customizations and color options for clients to tweak their custom pin designs. However, exciting as having choices is, we understand a huge list of possibilities can be daunting – especially if you don’t know what you ultimately want in an order of custom pins. Step one? Get an idea of what you need, what you want and what you don’t want.

Here are five questions to ask yourself before starting an order of custom pins:

What are my order requirements?

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Did you have a budget you’re working under? Do you know about how many custom pins you’re going to need? Is there a deadline you need these pins by? It might seem obvious, but these are the first things pin manufacturers like us ask. Having your answers ready helps to get an accurate price quote to budget around and establish your timeframe for tweaking and customizing a design before you need to go to production ahead of a deadline. Having this information early helps custom pin manufacturers like us prioritize the needs of your order and advise you on what’s possible within your timeframe.

Not to mention, when manufacturers know the scale of your custom pin needs, we can recommend cost-saving measures to lower the cost of an order per pin and let you know early if customizations that add time to production such as custom cardstock backing or gemstones will impact your ability to reach a deadline or price point.

“Do I have artwork or a clear idea of my pin?”

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Whether it’s a company logo, a unit emblem or your original artwork sketched across an old napkin,  coming to a manufacturer with a clear idea or fully-rendered artwork massively cuts the time it takes to for your ideas to go from draft to pin. When our art team turns your idea or artwork into a pin we consider the distinct style of our client and your initial specifications. If your business or organization has a style guide or aesthetic, sending a manufacturer that guide along with your design’s instructions ensures the ultimate pin design precisely fits your brand.

What will these custom pins be used for?

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From personable accessories to valued awards, custom pins are ordered for many occasions and to meet many different needs. Are your pins to be used as a service award for your company? Maybe you want to sell your pins as a collectible accessory for your own rock band or you’re an artist who’s selling their personal design. Whatever your reasons, they dictate how many pins you’ll need to order and can have a big influence on your end result when you design your pins.

“How will my pins be worn or displayed?”

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Are people actually going to wear these pins on their lapels in classic style? Maybe you envisioned your designs pinned on hats and caps? Did your pin design look best on a book bag or pin banner? Knowing the context your pins are going to be worn or displayed helps you decide how bold your design can be and what colors or images to use. For example, let’s say you’re making a design for a hat pin, then it needs to use bold colors and a vibrant design that’s immediately noticeable on top of a plain or woven hat.

“What type of pin do I want?”

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Unlike other display mediums like the fabric in a custom shirt or the paper used in an art print, the pin type and material you choose can have a major effect on the look and feel of your design as a pin. Have an art design with sharp black lines? Make sure to order your pin is plated in black metal or those lines will come out in gold, silver or another colored lining instead. Have a vibrant design with every color in the rainbow? Don’t go with a die-struck pin, it doesn’t have color fill.

When it comes to custom pins, your medium matters and it’s important to educate yourself beforehand about the differences between each type of pin. Check our pins 101 article for a quick primer on the most popular pin types and their unique features.


Get Ready, Get Started

Like any big project, a lot of the work for getting a set of custom pins made is in the setup. At All About Coins, we’re pretty confident that being able to answer these five questions will help you narrow down your needs and help smooth your design process. Getting these specifics out of the way will leave you with more time to just customize your design and create an eye-catching pin. Once you’re ready, it’s a simple four-step process to take your ideas from paper to pin.

Still, need help or direction? Call, email or hit us up on social media and we promise to help you get started. Need some inspiration? Visit us on Facebook and Twitter where we regularly feature some of the top pin designs we’ve worked on, getting that initial spark is all it takes to get started.

Custom Pins 101: Types of Pin Backs and Attachments

Written on November 20, 2018 at 3:59 pm, by

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Knowing Your Pin Backs and Attachments

From jackets and shirts to book bags and purses, pin attachments keep your custom pins, well, pinned and make a pin a pin. However, they’re too often an afterthought in the design process. With designers spending their time and energy adding line detail and polish to their pin designs but neglecting how their pin will be worn as a pin and not just a cool design. It’s a huge oversight in our humble opinion because the right pin attachment establishes your pin’s perceived quality and where people are going to wear your custom pins. Some pin attachments are more secure for rougher wear on bags or coats, others are easier to display on cloth surfaces, and still, more can make a pin appear more elegant and valuable. Putting thought into the right backing for your pins helps elevate your product to the next level and creates a higher quality product.

For this Custom Pins 101, we’re exploring our most popular pin attachments and the features making them unique.

Butterfly Clutch

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Also known as military clutches, butterfly clutches are one of the most popular types of pin attachments. A butterfly clutch has two metal prongs that you squeeze to fasten a pin or release it. They’re one of two standard pin attachments and are quite reliable, but odd movements over clothing folds can accidentally press one of the prongs and release the clutch.

Pin fact: Some military members disparagingly call butterfly clutches “dammits,” after the first words that come out of a servicemember’s mouth when they go flying across the room while fastened by clumsy or hurried hands.

Rubber Clutch

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Easy to put on and off, rubber clutches are another popular pin attachment which is simply pushed into a pin’s needlepoint to fasten and release a pin. They’ve gained popularity in recent years with the rise of enamel pins and can come in different colors to match a pin’s plating or paint job. Rubber clutches are one of our two standard attachments and are more comfortable to wear for pins intended to be worn against the skin.

Pin fact: If you’re using the same clutch over and over again, it’ll eventually start losing its grip but rubber clutches are quite easy to replace.

Jewelry Clutch

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Featuring a metal locking mechanism that latches onto a pin needle, jewelry clutches hold on much more securely than butterfly clutches or rubber clutches. To attach a jewelry clutch, simply push the metal nub of the clutch up before slipping the needle into the pinhole and releasing. These clutches are popular for their elegant design and secure hold against most any fabric or jostling from the wearer.

Pin fact: Jewelry clutches are also used to keep tie tacks in place, though the ones used for pins don’t have the attached chain.

Deluxe Clutch

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Similar to jewelry clutches, deluxe clutches, known also as flathead locking clutches, also feature an internal locking mechanism that grips a pin’s needlepoint to fasten a pin into place. Deluxe clutches are very secure and ideal with pinning onto outerwear such as jackets or onto surfaces that can expect to get some rough treatment, such as bookbags or purses.

Pin fact: Deluxe clutches and jewelry clutches are both known as button clutches due to their rounded design.

Magnetic Backing

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This type of backing is best for fastening the pin to thinner materials and consists of two magnets, one installed into the pin itself and another to help it attach to materials. Magnetically backed pins are technically not pins in the traditional sense, instead of piercing fabric or material to pin into place it relies on the attraction between two magnets to keep in place. Magnetic backing allows you to attach your pin to clothes and other surfaces without poking holes in the material.

Pin fact: The magnets used in magnetic backing are called rare earth magnets, which are also used for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI.)

Safety Pin

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Similar to the attachments used for buttons and, well, safety pins, most people are likely familiar with using this type of pin backing and it’s sometimes preferred because it’s much harder to lose a safety pin implanted into a pin than it is to lose a detachable clutch.

Pin fact: Safety pin attachments were much more popular with older antique pins and finding an old pin with this type of backing is likely a telling sign of vintage quality.

Choosing a Pin Attachment

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Choosing a pin attachment is often a matter of personal aesthetics, but it’s a good idea to consider where your pins expect to be worn and who’s going to wear your custom pins. Some pin attachments are ideal for certain apparel for example, while others hold better against rough wear. Putting thought into your choice of attachment can go a long way to making a custom pin uniquely suited to your needs

Here are a few quick tips about each pin type to help you decide:

  • Simple rubber or butterfly clutches are serviceable enough for daily wear on shirts and sports jackets but are also more liable to slipping or accidentally releasing their pins under rough conditions.
  • Jewelry and deluxe clutches increase a pin’s perceived value and hold to a surface more securely than the standard options, making them especially good for thick garments like parkas or heavy coats.
  • Magnetic backing is perfect for school pins, after all, there’s no harm in having one less sharp object around the kids.
  • Safety pins might seem bit old-fashioned, they’re actually ideal for hat pins since you pin them sideways and the attachment won’t jut uncomfortably into a worn hat.

If you have any questions about pin attachments and which one might be best for your own custom pins, don’t shy. You can contact All About Pins at info@allaboutpins.com or call us 1-866-604-9462. Our representatives are more than happy to help give you advice or guidance.


Interested in learning more about designing custom lapel pins? All About Pins Custom Pins 101 articles explores the basic language and design options behind every custom pin.

Custom Pins 101: The Differences Between Soft Enamel, Hard Enamel or Die-struck Pins

Written on November 14, 2018 at 3:21 pm, by

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Not sure of the difference between soft enamel, hard enamel or die-struck pins? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. All About Pins is asked weekly about it and we’re here set the record straight so you can decide which type is best for your custom pins.

Soft Enamel Pins

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While making soft enamel pins, a design’s shape is stamped and then cut from a sheet of metal before plated. The initial stamping creates raised and recessed areas (one level of metal raised over another lower level) and we fill-in the recesses with enamel paint to color your design. The raised and recessed levels give soft enamel pins a distinct “bumpy” or textured feel when running your fingers over the surface.

Between soft and hard enamel pins, soft enamel is slightly cheaper to produce and, at your request, we can add a free epoxy resin coating to protect the surface. The textured feel of a soft enamel pin allows for more line detail than hard enamel pins and full enamel paint allows for more visual variety over die struck pins.

Hard Enamel Pins

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In-house, we offer a type of hard enamel pin called cloisonné pins. Making our hard enamel pins is similar to making our soft enamel pins but with the added step of filling each recess with colored resin. After the resin fill, each color on an order of pins is individually baked at a high temperature to harden and cure the enamel, before applying a polish so the final product has a hard and glossy finish with a nearly flat surface.

Hard enamel pins have a smooth jewelry-grade surface compared to the metallic ridges of soft enamel pins and the enamel becomes much more durable. We use a resin fill instead of a more traditional glass fill in order to provide the full spectrum of Pantone color options. The final polish that gives hard enamel pins their distinctive smoothness also means the metal lines in a design can become slightly less detailed but the colors will look much sharper and more vibrant than soft enamel pins.

Die-struck Pins

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While we constantly get requests for colorfully illustrated designs, sometimes less is more and that’s where die struck pins come in. Stamped in metal in the same way as soft enamel pins, die struck pins forgo the addition of enamel paint and remain sheathed in the natural look of their plating for a classic metal look with the option for sandblasting the recesses for visual contrast. Die struck pins are popular with designers or organizations looking for a classic metal appearance with our standard high polish plating.

As an extra service, All About Pins can antique plate the pins to give them a rare vintage appearance. Antiqued die struck is actually our most popular type of die struck plating and the plating can have a dramatic effect on a coin’s detailed appearance. Compared to the stylized look of painted enamel pins, some clients view the simplicity of die-struck pins as more elegant and refined.

Side by Side

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Placing the different types of pins side by side you can more easily tell some of the more specific differences between each pin type. If you’re still confused about their differences, think about it this way. If the surface has a textured feel with definite recesses where the enamel paint fills color, then it’s a soft enamel pin. Meanwhile, if it has an almost smooth texture with a painted enamel surface, then it’s a hard enamel pin. Should it have a textured surface but an unpainted metal surface, then what you’re holding is a die-struck pin.

Which Pin Type to Choose?

That question might be harder to answer than you might expect.

Slightly cheaper to produce and order than hard enamel, soft enamel pins are at the forefront of the enamel pin craze and can be found at gift shops, Etsy stores and corporations alike. However, the smooth finish of a hard enamel pin is more durable and the smooth finish has a much higher perceived value. Hard enamel pins have also seen a jump in popularity with recent fashion trends and are historically used for high-grade lapel pins, military pins and corporate pins. Meanwhile, die-struck pins give a uniquely vintage appearance that is especially popular with award pins or organizational pins.

As you can tell from the example above, the different textures, surfaces and colors can give each type of pin a very different look and feel. Ultimately, a choice between either of the three pin types is likely going to be decided more by your personal aesthetics and your specific design than anything else. All else fails, All About Pins offers unlimited free revisions on all our orders so you have a chance to test how pin might look under different designs before going to order.


 

Let All About Pins Help

Still can’t decide? Let us help! If you can’t decide which pin type would look best with your design, All About Pins has over a decade of experience working with artists, businesses, government agencies and national organizations to help you explore different options for your pin designs. Remember, after you request a free quote we send you a free art proof of your design with free revisions on any aspect of your custom pin.

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Your Guide to Ordering Custom Lapel Pins

Written on November 8, 2018 at 2:51 pm, by

Got artwork or logo you want made into a custom lapel pin? Never ordered custom pins from a company before? We’re All About Pins here and ready to help you through the process of designing and ordering custom lapel pins for your business, organization, sports team or online shop using our four-step process. This article will help guide you through our design and ordering process that takes your concepts and executes them into high-quality lapel pins.

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Step One: Send Your Pin Ideas and Fill Our Online Form

The first part of getting your pins is easy, get in touch by calling, emailing us or filling our online form and send us your ideas and specifications for an order. If you’ve already got a design you want turned into a pin, simply send it to us in any file type we can view (.ai, .jpg, .gif, .png, .pdf etc.) If you have no design in mind and no idea where to start, that’s no problem. Our representatives will help individually guide you through the process of getting an original concept based on your company or organization.

At this step, the most important things are to set the basic criteria of your order such as how many pins you plan to order, how big you want those pins to be and what type of pin you want designed. Once you send us the basic criteria and an idea for your design, we’ll get back to you with a free full-color art proof of your design along with a projected price quote for your project.

Choosing a pin type

One of the important choices you’ll make at this stage is deciding what kind of pin you want. There are advantages and disadvantages to consider for each type of pin and some designs or color combinations are better suited for specific pin types.

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The most popular pin types include:

  • Cloisonne pins – A type of hard enamel pin which fills the details of a stamped design with colored glass resin before being baked at high temperatures to give a durable and glossy jewel-like finish.
  • Soft enamel pins – Probably the first type of pin to come to mind when imagining enamel pins, soft enamel pins are very beginner-friendly and are best for designs with clearly separated colors.
  • Die-struck pins – Popular for awards and service pins, die-struck pins have simple metallic finishes that give their designs a classic look.

 

Quantity and Size

When filling out our form, you’ll be asked how many pins you want to be ordered and how big each pin will be. For most pin types, our minimum order size is 100 pins, but if you expect to sell or give out a large quantity, we recommend ordering at least 300 pins. Not only does this greatly decrease the cost per pin, but orders of 300 or more also allow you to save money on the mold setup fee.

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As for size, the optimal size of a pin varies greatly on the complexity of a design and your own preferences but we recommend complex designs go to at least 1” for showing off a design’s details.

Step Two: Review, Revise and Approve

In 24 to 48 hours after receiving your information, we respond back with a full-color art proof of what your design would look like as a pin based on your specifications. At this stage, its a matter of looking over our work and deciding what works and what doesn’t.

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Any aspect of the proof come out differently than you envisioned? Did you want to further customize the design? Now the fun begins! We offer free unlimited revisions to all our clients meaning you can shoot back any feedback on our work and our team of artists will make the requested changes before sending you a revised art proof of the design with the revisions. The right change can make all the difference and clients can ask us to revise anything in a pin’s design from the shape, colors, size, and paint. During this stage, it’s also an opportunity to test our other customizations including plating options, attachments, key chains or packaging.

Step Three: Complete the Order Form

Like what you see? Great! Just fill out our order form with your delivery address and payment information and once it’s processed we’ll immediately begin production which takes seven to 10 business days. We accept payment from all major credit card companies and it doesn’t matter how many revisions or changes you’ve asked us to make, the final price we quote will be the price of your order.

Step Four: Your Order Gets Shipped

This last part is really simple. After production, your pins are delivered within two to three days barring any major delivery disruption including large-scale fires, hurricanes, mudslides, apocalyptic alien invasions or the postal company loses the package.

Congratulations! Your order is now complete and we hope people love the final product.

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With four simple steps, your ideas are now a physical pin you can wear with pride. If upon receiving your order, there are any problems with the pins or the final product is dramatically different from what was promised, shoot us a message immediately. All About Pins offers a satisfaction guarantee on all orders and will immediately rectify the issue by sending a new batch of pins.

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!