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.

 

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

 

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!

 

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.

 

 

 

Why Lapel Pins are Great for Recognition Ceremonies

 

High employee morale has been definitely proven to lead to increased workplace productivity, better employee retention and improved safety. Employee satisfaction is a critical part of any work environment, and there are a wide variety of methods employers use to enhance morale. Recognition ceremonies are a tried and true way to improve overall job satisfaction that is both effective and inexpensive.

Recognition pins can serve as a source of pride for employees, highlighting their professional accomplishments and outstanding commitment to an organization’s goals. These ceremonies show employees that their efforts are appreciated, and they offer employers the opportunity to address the specific areas in which certain team members excel. This can have the dual benefit of increasing job satisfaction while simultaneously holding up certain individuals as examples for their coworkers.

Custom lapel pins are a great way of carrying the morale-boosting effects of a recognition ceremony to the day-to-day operations of your business. Even though a recognition ceremony is a single event, a recognition pin is a lasting token of appreciation that can keep employees striving for exceptional job performance. Lapel pins also help boost customer confidence by displaying the extraordinary accomplishments of your staff.

Custom lapel pins can allow employers to show appreciation for the diverse skills of their employees, from perfect attendance to excellent customer service. They can be personalized to highlight the unique strengths of each employee, enabling employers to connect with their workers on a personal level rather than offering each person the same item as everyone on the staff (which is the workplace equivalent of receiving a “participation” trophy).

Some interesting award ideas include offering pins for perfect attendance, workplace safety compliance, achieving or exceeding set sales goals or outstanding customer satisfaction.

The more creative the design of your employee recognition pins, the better. Try to make each pin stand out, highlighting the particular achievements of each award recipient. Including the company’s logo can be a useful identifier for potential customers and future employees, as it shows to the world that your workforce is honored for their accomplishments. It also demonstrates that your employees’ job performance warrants special merit.

Custom lapel pins are the perfect way to express the recognition your staff deserves. Give PinSource a call today at 1-800-678-9288, email us at Info@PinSource.com or visit our website to find out how to order your recognition pins!

 

 

PVC: Truly Unique & 3D Lapel Pins

 

 

 

 

PVC lapel pins bring a splash of color to any occasion. A material that can be used to achieve a variety of colors and complex 3D shapes, PVC is the perfect medium for bringing your unique design ideas to life—from corporate logos and professional needs to caricatures and complex artistic designs.

The process by which PVC pins are made is fairly simple and straightforward, and can accomplish stunning results. A mold is made of your original design, and PVC is layered into the mold to achieve the desired color distribution and relief. Unlike other processes, PVC molding can render a fully three-dimensional image with as much or as little detail as you require.

 

The PVC material used in the creation of custom lapel pins comes in a variety of colors. Using the Pantone Matching System (PMS), we can achieve virtually any color profile you need, giving you an accurate representation of any logo or image you wish to construct. PVC even comes in neon, transparent, sparkly and glow-in-the-dark varieties, making the possibilities for your PVC lapel pins virtually endless.

The versatility offered by the PMS system allows us to effectively recreate designs and logos with a high degree of accuracy. This makes PVC an excellent material for creating promotional pins for corporate events. Using PVC is a great way of making sure your image comes out exactly right, down to color and degree of relief. Corporate logos often serve as a large source of pride for individuals in that company, and PVC is a great way of ensuring the most accurate representation of a logo while achieving exact color matching and image layout.

PVC pins are flexible and durable, allowing them to assume heavy wear and tear before breaking or permanently deforming. The wear resistance of PVC, coupled with its ability to accurately capture the likenesses of cartoonish characters, makes it the ideal material to use when creating pins for children. Custom PVC pins can also make for a great way to celebrate a child’s developmental milestones or scholastic achievements, or they can be made just for the fun of it.

With PVC, there are practically no limitations to what you can put on your custom lapel pins. The only real limit is your imagination.

Give PinSource a call today at 800.678.9288 to make your PVC pin dreams a reality

 

The (Surprisingly) Rich History of Lapel Pins – No Joke!

PinSouce – Your Lapel Pin History Lesson

The significance of lapel pins has varied dramatically since their inception during the American Civil War. Originally, these pins were worn by all soldiers as a unit marker. This made it easy to quickly organize large amounts of troops in the field. While at first they were worn simply for ease of identification and organization, the pins quickly became a source of pride among the troops. Lapel pins quickly became a source of unification and camaraderie in a time of strong division for the nation.

In World War I, the significance of lapel pins changed. Instead of being used to indicate troops’ unit affiliation, the pins were bestowed upon individuals in recognition of bravery and exemplary commitment to service. This practice continues to this day. Honorary pins are often a source of great pride for servicemen and women, and are frequently handed down the line, from generation to generation.

Following the First World War, lapel pins and button badges became a popular way for people to display their affiliation with political or social groups. This became particularly prevalent in the 1960s. During the turmoil and uncertainty of the Civil Rights era, lapel pins and button badges became common emblems indicating strong affiliation with, or against, the movement for social and civil equality.

During the late 70s and 80s, this trend re-emerged. However, like pretty much everything in the 80s, pins were less about making any sort of significant statement and more about the fad of accumulating as many as possible.

It’s interesting to look back at how the use of lapel pins has changed over the years. Even more interesting is that their particular use at any given moment in history bears a vague reflection of the times themselves. From their use as a quick reference in a disorganized, brother against brother civil war and the honor-bound service in the First World War, to their use as political banners in the slogan-shouting 60s and crass egocentrism of the 80s, the changing application of lapel pins is quite distinctive of each generation that has embraced them.

It’s only a matter of speculation what the current generation’s choice in pins will say about them, but if history has shown us anything, it will likely be a fair representation.

If you’re interested in finding out more information about custom lapel pins email us at info@pinsource.com, click here for a quote or give us a call any time at 800.678.9288

 

PinSource Celebrates its 27th Anniversary in the Custom Lapel Pin Business

 

The PinSource Story

April will mark the 27th year PinSource has been in the custom lapel pin business. During that time, we’ve designed lapel pins for companies big and small. The pins we design are made to be both collectable and highly recognizable, and we make sure that our customers get the greatest value possible out of our high-quality products

A division of SUI International, Ltd., a company that works to build brands and enhance corporate images worldwide, PinSource is committed to helping our customers put their best “face” forward. In addition to its internal branding divisions, SUI has close operational ties to suppliers of all sorts of branding materials. SUI and PinSource are fully devoted to their clientele’s promotions, and have the global resources to bring the results you need—regardless of the industry or the type of brand your represent.

Our custom lapel pins add resonance to company branding efforts through three important features: they are small and easily worn, they are eye catching and they help forge a strong recognition of branding images. Also, lapel pins add the commonly missing human element to corporate branding efforts. Instead of perceiving a corporation as a faceless entity, lapel pins allow customers to associate brand logos with the individuals wearing them.

PinSource has grown to become an internationally renowned manufacturer of lapel pins, with offices and locations across the globe. We maintain close connections to the manufacturing and distributing ends of our operation, making sure that our customers get their orders filled in exactly the manner and time frame expected.

Our list of clients has included some of the largest brands in the world, as well as some of the smallest businesses. We work to provide the greatest level of satisfaction to all of our customers, no matter the size of the order.

At PinSource, we want to help your branding and promotional efforts, whether you are ordering from us as an individual or as a corporate entity. We create custom lapel pins for all sorts of occasions, including sports pins, recognition pins, years of service pins, promotional pins or any other event or occasion in which you might need to create a pin. At PinSource, your satisfaction matters!

Give us a call today 800.678.9288, or email us at info@pinsource.com to see why we’ve been around for so long!

The Detail and Precision Offered by Die Struck Lapel Pins

 

 

Die struck lapel pins are the perfect way to incorporate a great level of detail and precision into your pin design. The perfection that can be achieved through the die stamping process can convey a great deal of intricacy without the image appearing too cluttered. This is because the three-dimensional quality of the metal allows the eye to distinguish between the finer elements in the image, making it clearer than a two-dimensional representation.

 

The fact that die struck lapel pins are three dimensional creates some interesting shading options. The finish on these pins may vary with the depth of the stamping, creating a heightened illusion of relief and bringing out the detail of your design even further. Most often, the deeper areas are given an antiqued finish, while the shallower areas take on a high polish. Combined with the three-dimensional quality of the metal, the finish embellishes the difference between the depths of material, which gives finished lapel pins much finer detail.

 

The die stamping process is fairly simple and straightforward. A die is created bearing an inverted relief version of the final image, which is stamped into your choice of metal. The die presses the inverted image into the metal, leaving an imprint of the final image.

 

Die stamping is preferred over other methods of creating custom lapel pins, as many other processes, like cloisonné, require the metal to have a rather high lead content. Not only is it unhealthy to have continuous contact with lead, but it is also a very heavy metal, which can distress clothing when worn. Die struck lapel pins can be made out of a wider range of lead-free metals, making them comfortable and safe for any purpose.

 

Die struck lapel pins make for an excellent way to celebrate special occasions. At PinSource, we can create pins for any type of event, including sports pins, recognition pins, years of service pins or promotional giveaway items. Whatever sort of die struck pin you require, PinSource is where you can turn.

Give us a call today, 1-800-678-9288 or email us at Info@pinsource.com