The Multi-Step Process Used to Create Lapel Pins

One a recent trip to visit one of our lapel pin factories, I got to experience firsthand how each custom pin is created!

Creating a custom lapel pin is a highly detailed process that involves many steps from original concept to completion. To give you an idea of how the process works, here is a brief overview of what it takes to create a lapel pin.

First, a die must be made to stamp an exact representation of your design onto a sheet of metal. This die is an inverted version of the finished design layout. It is pressed into a sheet of metal, stamping your image into its surface.

Cutting dies must then be made to cut your pin out in the exact shape you desire. Depending on the complexity of your pin design, these can range from simple shapes to highly detailed outlines of the image that will be featured on your custom lapel pin.

Once your design is cut out of the sheet of metal, the pin backing must be soldered onto each piece.

At this point, your pin can be plated with the metal finish of your choosing. The metal is then thoroughly cleaned and polished to bring it to the desired shine.

For enamel pins, soft enamel is applied by hand through the use of a variety of small syringes. A unique syringe is used to apply each color to the pin’s surface. A great amount of care and attention to detail is needed to achieve the desired result, and this step requires a steady hand and precision application. Any excess enamel must be carefully cleaned from metal surfaces where it is not desired.

Once the enamel has been applied, the pins must be baked at around 450 degrees F for 12-15 minutes. This allows the enamel to harden, giving it the characteristic look and feel of a custom enamel lapel pin.

After the pins have cooled, an optional clear epoxy coating can be applied to the colored surface to prevent scratching and wear. This epoxy helps to give the appearance of depth to the pin’s image, and can help the detail of your design stand out.

Through these steps, your design can go from concept to a fully completed pin. At Pinsource, we exercise the utmost care and precision throughout the pin construction process, ensuring that you get only the best possible results from your custom lapel pin order. That’s because when you order from Pinsource, you are guaranteed quality.