The More You Know: A Look Into Custom Pin Styles

Jesse Daugherty - Jan 12, 2021
The More You Know: A Look Into Custom Pin Styles

Custom pins are both portable and affordable. That’s what makes them a cost-effective way to raise brand awareness, bring attention to a cause, or give as a gift. Pins are fashionable and less obtrusive than other items while still serving as a functional form of advertising. 

When it comes to designing custom pins, there are a few things to consider. There are several pin styles, finishes, sizes, and backing options. You can even choose to add colors and other details to make your design stand out. Today, we take a closer look at pin styles and materials.

Cloisonné Pins

Cloisonné lapel pins are the highest quality pin available. The process provides a stunning finish that is close to that of fine jewelry. Cloisonné pins are die-struck into a copper-bronze base. The valleys of the ridges are then filled with a powdered glass-like mixture. The result is a stunning look that highlights both ridges and valleys.

Soft Enamel

Soft enamel pins offer a look similar to cloisonné pins, typically at a lower cost. Custom soft enamel pins feature a design that is filled with enamel paints before being heated to seal the colors. These pins have a lustrous appearance and are ideal for designs with colors that are clearly separated.

Photo Etched 

Photo-etched pins are ideal for designs with fine details. This style offers more flexibility with color, a lighter weight, and a rich and vibrant look. Get creative with photo-etched custom pins and capture the details! 

Die Struck 

Die struck pins offer a classic and timeless approach. These formal-looking pins feature sharp contrast, relief, and excellent detail. Unlike other designs that fill in with color, the die struck pins feature polished ridges and matte, textured, or antiqued finishes in the recessed areas. The result is a classic and traditional look that is undeniable.

Color Printed

Color printed custom pins are the way to go when your design requires fine lines and details. Color printed pins, using offset digital printing, are vivid and unique, and they are certainly a fine way to grab attention.

If your brand, business, school, nonprofit organization, or even a band, needs a marketing boost, custom lapel pins can help. At the, we have been creating custom pins of all sorts for more than fifteen years. We make designing and ordering custom pins of all kinds easier than ever. Just fill out our no-obligation free quote or email us to find out more. We look forward to working with you.