April is Autism Awareness Month

autism-awareness-monthEvery day, the millions of Americans living with autism and their families face unique and daunting challenges that many of us will never fully appreciate. During National Autism Awareness Month, we make a commitment to better understand autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and the lives of individuals living with it.

So you might be asking you self: Why is awareness so important? Well, It’s not news that people tend to be afraid of what they don’t understand. Awareness has the power to change people’s attitudes from “Ugh” to “is there anything I can do to help?” This is why parents, educators, family and friends of kids with autism use the month of April as a platform to share stories with their community. And why a month dedicated to Autism Awareness can be so important. Here are somethings you might consider this month get involved:

Get Informed: Autism is defined as a developmental disability characterized by varying degrees of social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviors. There are a lot of resources available to learn more about ASD. Educating yourself on the facts is invaluable to get a better understanding of  the challenges indivuduals and their families face. Learn more about ASD at the Autism Speaks website.

autism-awareness-ribbon-puzzle-lapel-pin-21Put on the Puzzle! The Autism Awareness Puzzle Ribbon is a recognized symbol of the autism community. Autism prevalence is now one in every 68 children in America. Show your support for people with autism by wearing the Autism Awareness Puzzle Ribbon – as a pin on your shirt, a magnet on your car, a badge on your blog, or even your Facebook profile picture. You can find merchandise via Autism Speaks for purchase and support their mission here.autism-awareness-rubber-bracelet-wristband-adult-8

Connect with your neighborhood. Many Autism Society local affiliates hold special events in their communities throughout the month of April. It’s a good way to educate yourself and meet and get farmilar with people in your community that are living with Autism. Participating resteraunts around the country host a Dine Out with Autism event to educate community members and raise funds for the cause.

Donate your money or your time. Here are some online resources to help you donate your time or money to research and programs to support Autism. Autism Speaks a leading organization dedicated to research and support of families. You can donate here.

National Autism Awareness Month is an important month to consider learning more on this important issue. April represents an excellent opportunity to promote autism awareness, autism acceptance and to draw attention to the tens of thousands facing an autism diagnosis each year.

 

Twiddle Lapel Pin

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Twiddle is a local band from Castleton, Vermont. And if you live in the Northeast, it’s highly likely that you know of them. Twiddle music is best described as improvisational jam-rock.  The band –which mixes reggae, funk, jazz, bluegrass and classical — was started by four students at Castleton State in southern Vermont in 2004. They reached success quickly in Castleton, toured the northeast, and produced a number of original songs, all before the members became upperclassmen.

The band seems to push  a philosophy of friendliness and positivity and the fan base has embraced it. In addition, they have very unique designs when it comes to their swag, which they sell at the concerts and festivals they play. Which leads us to the ‘Franken Foot’ pin project. Knowing that this was no ordinary band, we knew  that this would be no ordinary pin order.  But we were up for the challenge. Our staff member Brent Jarvis was the contact for Twiddle on the implementation of their pin. The pin itself is was very stylized and unique (see picture above). He had this to say about the process:

 “Our hard enamel lapel pins, also known as Cloisonné pins or epola pins, are some of our highest quality and most popular pins.   For this particular design, a special glow in the dark enamel was used as the outlines of the ‘monster’ or ‘Franken Foote if you’re familiar with band Twiddle.  After holding in the direct sunlight outside for about 30 seconds, ttwiddle-652x367he pin was taken into a dark room and photographed to show it’s luminosity.   A very eye catching and different approach to pins!”

These pins are, indeed, eyecatching. According to their fan base – who call themselves Twidiots – they are certainly on board when it comes to buying up fun swag. Because Twiddle makes the effort to stay fresh  with their designs and merchandise,  their pins and hats are highly sought after at festivals.

Needless to say, it was an enjoyable and fun project for us to be involved in. We are always up for the challenge of creativity and helping our clients realize the full potential of a lapel pin. If you have a fun project or an idea or design you’d like to kick up a creative notch. Let us know! We’re here to help. www.PinSource.com.

 

The Luck of The Irish

St.Patrick's Shamrock

St.Patrick’s Shamrock

Every year on March 17th, people around the world celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Whether Irish by blood, or Irish at heart, the day has become a celebration of Irish culture, food, parades, and all things green. But how did we come to celebrate this holiday? What many people do not know, is that the day originally started as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick, who died on the 17th of March in 461 AD. The day then became an official holiday in the beginning of the seventeenth century when the Catholic Church began to observe it.

Having both cultural and religious significance, St. Patrick’s Day has become a global celebration of the Irish that lies within all of us. But beyond just the multiple celebrations, parades, and copious amounts of green beer had on this day, there are other traditions that take place that are equally as important. One of these is the wearing of the Shamrock.

The Shamrock is undoubtedly the most treasured symbol of Ireland. During the time leading up to St. Patrick’s day, shamrocks can be seen decorated, displayed, worn, and cherished by both Irish and non-Irish alike. Most notably, people wear fresh Shamrock’s on their coat lapels, as a sign of both honor and respect for the Saint.

However, it is not always possible to wear a fresh shamrock (especially for those of us who are stuck in an infinite winter.) Not to worry though, because while the snow may still cover any sight of green, there is always the shamrock lapel pin! With the high quality nature of the hard or embossed enamel technique, you can now show your shamrock pride today, tomorrow, and for many years to come.

Let Pinsource help you show your Irish pride this March 17th.

Why Should I Choose Lapel Pins?

Kodiak Hard Enamel Lapel Pin

On first glance, it might seem odd that we at Pinsource have chosen to put a lot of focus on our line of quality lapel pins. But there are many reasons why people and organizations of all backgrounds choose to order and wear lapel pins.

Here are some of the major reasons:

Lapel pins help to establish a sense of identity.

Whether you’re a nonprofit organization, a small business or a large firm, a single message or logo that is embodied in a lapel pin that everyone in the brand wears helps to create unity and brand identity. It makes a brand look more confident and capable when such unity is present, and instills a sense of trust in customers as well as pride and spirit in team members and employees.

Lapel pins help others recognize who you are.

Just like a badge or embroidered logo on a shirt, lapel pins are a great way to recognize members of organizations and companies. This is especially great for more formal, business-oriented settings where everyone will be wearing suit jackets rather than company tee shirts or jackets. All you need to do is pin it on your lapel and you turn your jacket into a walking advertisement for your brand. The more people who see your employees wearing these pins, the more recognition you will receive.

Lapel pins are a great way to recognize others for their achievements.

Lapel pins are a traditional and classy way to recognize people for years of service or for specific accomplishments. This helps to build an employee’s pride in his or her organization. It can also be a great way to reward fans for their participation in competitions run by the organization.

Lapel pins help to show your appreciation for team members.

It’s extremely important that you do everything you can to keep morale high in your workplace. By giving these pins to your employees, you show them that you truly appreciate what they do for your organization and encourage them to continue to keep up that high level of work.

Check out our selection of lapel pins today on Pinsource and help expand your business’s brand identity!

A Glossary of Necessary Pinsource Definitions

Indian Motorcycle Custom Lapel Pin

Indian Motorcycle Custom Lapel Pin


As you browse the Pinsource website looking for the perfect pin, wristband, key chain or lanyard for your next order, you’re likely to come across a wide variety of terms that you may or may not be familiar with. These terms are used to describe how all of our products are made, and each of them has some slight differences that you might not be aware of if you don’t know much about these processes.

Here are some definitions that may be helpful to you in your Pinsource browsing:

• Cast: Die casting involves taking molten metal and pouring it into a carved out die, also known as a mold. This method offers a great deal of detail in metal products.
Die struck: To create a die-struck product, the manufacturer uses a die to push an image into a soft metal, such as gold or brass. The die has contours and recesses in it that create the image when the metal is pushed into it. While the level of detail in a die-struck product isn’t quite as deep as in casting, it is still an effective way of creating patterns and designs in metal.
• Embossing: The simple stamping of an image directly on to a material such as leather, suede or paper. The image then rises above the surface of the object that gets embossed.
• Engraving: The cutting of a design or lettering on a material, such as glass, wood or metal to give a permanent imprint.
Etching: The product gets coated with a special acid-resistant solution in a special pattern. When the image is exposed on the product, the exposed metal gets attacked by the acid, leaving the etched pattern behind on the surface.
• Laminating: The process of coating an item with a layer of clear plastic. Paper can also be laminated by sticking it between two plastic sheets and running it through a laminating machine.
• Photo etched: This specific type of etching involves taking an illustration, picture or document and imprinting it on to metal with acid, then sealing it for protection.

If you have any other questions about any of the terms you see on the Pinsource website, please feel free to contact us. We’re happy to help in any way we can.

What to Look for When Purchasing Lapel Pins

When you’re purchasing your custom lapel pins from PinSource, there are certain things you should keep in mind to make sure you get everything you need out of the process. The following are a few tips that can help you get the most out of your order:

 

  • Proofread your text. This might sound like a no-brainer, but it’s a surprisingly common mistake. A lot of companies handle a large volume of orders at the same time, and might not catch a spelling error. This is especially true of names, as there are often multiple different spelling options.
  • Balance savings with quality. Make sure that you don’t make unnecessary sacrifices to the quality of your lapel pins order just save a few bucks. On the other hand, you also need to be sure that your demand matches your budget. This can take some careful planning to get right.
  • Make sure you know what you’re buying. If you don’t understand a specific term, ask. Some manufacturers will automatically assume you know what cloisonné means, even if you’ve never heard that word before in your life. Asking the right questions is the only way to be absolutely sure that you’re getting exactly what you want.
  • Avoid over-complexity. Most companies order lapel pins as a means of promoting their brand. In order for that to work, casual onlookers have to be able to tell just what it is they’re looking at. As a general guideline, make sure that your images and text are plainly visible to somebody standing at a distance of at least three feet.
  • Thoroughly review your planning and decision-making process. The number one mistake that companies make is not putting enough thought into their order. Make sure that your design is appropriate for the type of pins you’re ordering. For example, think about whether it should be on a photographic pin or a soft enamel pin. Place your order well enough in advance of your event so that you are certain your pins will arrive on time. Review all artwork and text to see that it is highly visible and easy to recognize.

 

Using these simple suggestions, you should be able to avoid some of the common pitfalls when ordering your custom lapel pins. If you have any other questions, you can always contact us.

 

Celebrating Your Hole-in-One with a Lapel Pin

 

Finally sinking that hole-in-one is an incomparable experience, and it’s something that doesn’t come around that often—even for the most experienced golfers. It requires a perfect combination of luck, skill and innumerable other environmental factors that will likely never play out in exactly the same way again.

A hole-in-one is one of life’s truly unique and memorable moments, and is estimated to happen to only one in about 8,000 lifetime golfers. It’s like joining an elite club. And it’s something that deserves to be commemorated.

A great way to celebrate this accomplishment is by commissioning a custom lapel pin to mark the occasion. This can be something you wear to golf outings and social gatherings to share the experience with your friends and loved ones—and it might just strike a little fear into your competition out on the links!

Hole-in-one lapel pins are a trend a lot of clubhouses and pro shops are picking up on. It’s a great way for the best of the best to identify one another and relate the story of that one perfect shot. It creates a sense of community and honor for those individuals who, if just for one moment, played the game as perfectly as it can be played.

Because sinking a hole-in-one is such a rare and fleeting occasion, a lot of people prefer to order pins made of gold or other precious materials. Clubhouses and pro shops might prefer to buy pins made from cheaper materials, if they decide to make a bulk order and hand them out as people make the shots.

Other businesses choose to avoid this bulk expense by having a custom design picked out just for the special occasion, and offering to have the pins pressed specifically for individuals who make a hole-in-one. This way, it’s up to the individual as to what type of material he or she would like to pay for. In addition, players can have gemstones inset into their pins for every subsequent hole-in-one they make.

Custom lapel pins are a perfect way to commemorate any number of important life events, and for a devoted golfer, there are few thrills greater than the ever-elusive hole-in-one. If you’ve achieved this milestone, make it known with a lapel pin all your own.

 

Choosing the Right Company to Purchase Pins

When you’re looking to order custom lapel pins for any reason, there are a few considerations you should make in deciding from which company to order. Just a quick Internet search can help illustrate the problem—there are hundreds of companies out there to choose from. Fortunately, there are a few simple tips to help you sort out the good from the bad, and identify which company you want to handle your lapel pins order.

The first and most important consideration is quality. Pins can be made from a variety of materials, and some are better than others. Some companies may try to sell you pins that are made from painted iron, while others will offer you a variety of painted and plated copper.

Copper is by far the more durable option. It’s easy to plate with nearly any metal finish you could want, including gold, bronze or silver. Copper lapel pins can even be “antiqued” to provide a vintage look.

Companies that offer a variety of pin types are often the best at handling and producing your design. A good variety to look for is die-struck lapel pins, soft and hard enamel pins and precious metal pins. Most companies that offer more than a few types of pins will have a broader range of experience, better equipment and overall be more capable of producing your order exactly as you want it.

Another important consideration is distribution. Many pin manufacturers have operations located overseas. Make sure that the shipping time for your order is acceptable and reasonably priced. You don’t want to get overcharged for something that will arrive too late to be useful to you or your organization.

Also, look into what ordering amounts are available. It may turn out that you want a smaller volume order than the minimum for that company. If you’re interested in purchasing wholesale, check out the company’s policies regarding these types of orders. Often, you will require a business license to order wholesale, but schools and charities may be exempt, so it can be useful to check.

By doing a little bit of research, it’s definitely possible to find the exact lapel pins manufacturer to suit your needs. Hopefully, these tips can help get you started on your search.

Should you have any more questions, or just want to speak with someone about your project you can email us at info@pinsource.com

 

Celebrating Life Events with a Lapel Pin

How many times have you been browsing through your old photos and caught yourself wondering, “Now when was that taken?” Such as this gem I found of my wife.

Unfortunately, celebrations tend to be momentary—once they’re over and done with, the memories fade, and before long it’s like they never even happened. The common take-home items from birthdays, retirement parties and anniversaries are usually food, candles or other perishable items. These things are either eaten, expire or get used up, leaving you with nothing to remember the event in the years to come. That is, unless your honeymoon is slightly intereupted by Tsunami evacutations. We will always remember that!

 

Custom lapel pins are a great way to keep a true memento of your life’s most important events, including birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and a wide range of other significant milestones. Having lapel pins made for these life events can give you something to hold onto long after the fun is over.

Lapel pins can capture the spirit of your special events. You can have your pins printed with custom imagery significant to the event. You can have custom lapel pins stamped with the date of the event. Custom lapel pins can be made with colors to match any given theme for your events, or may even contain phrases or inside jokes pertinent to the affair.

The best thing about lapel pins is that they can become a sort of living record of annual events. You can adjust the design of your birthday or anniversary pins from year to year to highlight specific changes that have occurred in your life. You can have semiprecious stones inserted to mark each year that passes following an important event, like the day you were married. Each year can be a different stone. Like your marriage, the pins will increase in value with each year.

When you are ordering custom lapel pins, you’re only limited by your imagination. You can have pins made in any color, style or shape to depict exactly what you want. Whether you wish to celebrate with a large group of people, or have something more exclusive in mind, you can tailor the size of your order to get just the right amount of pins for any occasion.

It might not be obvious, but custom lapel pins are one of the best ways to truly remember the events and milestones that help shape our lives.

To order your custom lapel pins email us today at Info@pinsource.com

 

Need a Pin Fast? Get on in Five Days with PinSource

Sometimes, you think of a really good idea at the last minute, and by then it’s too late to act on it. In fact, this is when we seem to come up with the best ideas we ever have.

The most creative Halloween costume ideas always hit you when you’ve resigned yourself to dressing up like a sheet ghost, while the best Christmas present ideas always hit you at 11 p.m. on Christmas Eve. It’s just a simple, frustrating fact of life. But it doesn’t have to be.

While the ordinary waiting time for a custom lapel pin order is usually between 3-5 weeks for enamel pins and 2-3 weeks for printed ones, Pinsource offers a special new service for those of us who perform the best under pressure. Pinsource’s QuickPin service allows you to create and receive your custom lapel pins within just five days. That’s just enough time for those final hour additions that will really make any event one to remember.

Whether you’ve always been planning to order pins and just forgot until the crucial last minute, or you just came up with the idea for a great design, the QuickPin service can come to your rescue in less than a week. Even those individuals who have trouble planning more than a week ahead can take advantage of this service.

It’s often when we’re planning the most important events that time gets away from us. This can happen for a multitude of reasons. Maybe you’re pouring a lot of attention into the details and need to get everything just right, or perhaps you just have too much on your plate.

The QuickPin service can take some of the pressure off by getting you the pins you need in just a few days. No more pulling your hair out because your order will take three weeks, but your event is just days away.

With Pinsource’s QuickPin service, you won’t have to wait for great results. Pinsource can get you your pins within just five short days, which can allow you to shift your focus to more pressing matters—such as planning a big event.

Email us at Info@pinsource.com to kick off your project today!