The current popular is custom enamel pins, with companies, artists, and organizations all designing their own. To make sure people wear your message, the design must be attractive. Pins are worn for a variety of reasons, from self-expression to showing support for companies, bands, etc. Here, we look at the steps of making pins, from the design to production at the Enamel Pin Factory.
Enamel Pin Design
An excellent pin starts with an appealing design, for promotional enamel pins, collector items, or for demonstrating one’s own artistic skills. You don’t need to be a designer to make pin designs; there are many online tools that can help. Photoshop and Illustrator are great for mock-ups, but free alternatives can also work.
You can always seek a designer for assistance if you lack confidence in your ability to design your own enamel pins. Visit freelance marketplaces like Fiverr or Upwork to locate a designer who can make your ideas come to life.
Making enamel pins the first step is creating the mold
Your computer design will be converted into a real-world mold as the first step in the enamel pin production process. We send the file to a device that uses industrial steel to cut out a mold.
A mold for enamel pins
The extra metal around the engraved design was then partially removed. The mold is strengthened to an extremely high degree through repeated heating and cooling, a process known as heat treatment. As a result, it can withstand the high-pressure stamping process.
Step 2:Stamp the image, then cut the pin out.
The machine that will use the hardened mold to stamp the pattern is loaded with it. Iron or zinc alloy, which is softer than the steel stamping mold, is typically used to make pins.
We then solder the pin backing in place. You presently hold a raw pin.
The pleasant stamp of a pin’s birth can be heard in the background.
Step 3:Use an electrode
Metal Plating involves coating a pin with a metal like gold or silver. Both hard and soft enamel pins will undergo Metal Plating, although at various stages of production. Since this is when they receive their final base color, soft enamel pins undergo Metal Plating prior to being enameled. Because they receive a good polish after enameling, which would otherwise rub the plating off, hard enamel pins are afterwards electroplated.
Electric current is passed via an electrolyte solution, an anode, and a cathode during the electroplating process. Your raw pin, or cathode, is the metal you want to be plated.
The metal item, let’s say gold, that you want to end up on the pin is the anode. Since the electrolyte solution contains additional ions that permit electricity to pass through, it is essentially water with dissolved metal salt. Ions are atoms containing either an extra electron (positive ions) or an extra hole (negative ions) .
The anode’s positive ions are drawn to the cathode’s negative charge, thus coating the pin with the desired metal.
Just refer to it as a magic metal bath if you didn’t keep track of it.
To allow for electrical conductivity, copper wire is wrapped around the pins.
Step 4:Bake and enamel
The enjoyable part is now! Your pin receives a gorgeous color enameling. Either by hand or by machine injection is possible.
Is this ASMR or machine enamel injection?
Soft enamel pins have a thin coat of paint applied rather than being completely filled, giving them a sunken appearance. The edges of hard enamel pins are completely filled.
Enameling is limited to solid colors that are divided by metal outlines. If your design requires gradients, consider photodome printed pins as an alternative.
So far, we have observed that soft enamel pins offer more options since the base color is applied before adding color. It has recessed enamel. Your pin design will be affected by whether you want a textured or flat look, and the color of the outline.
What happens after you have your design chosen and are prepared to make them into enamel pins? Choosing whether to make soft enamel or hard enamel pins is the first step. Researching which material will work best for your brand is essential because the various materials each have a variety of advantages.
We utilize your artwork to make a special die that we use to make enamel pins. The recessed design is then created by stamping this into metal and cutting it out to produce the pin’s base. The pin comes in four colors (gold, silver, gunmetal or black) and the design is raised for a multi-colored effect.
The recessed regions of the pin are painted with one layer of enamel paint to create a soft enamel pin. Once this has dried, the pin lies just below the pin’s metal walls, giving it a ridged appearance. When making pins for promotional events, soft enamel pins are a more affordable alternative to consider. They are less durable than their hard enamel cousins despite being hard-wearing.
The recessed sections of the pin are painted with enamel paint in several layers to create a hard enamel pin. The painted surface is flat and smooth and is level with the elevated metal walls. The paint is heated and polished to create a tough, glossy and long-lasting surface.
How much do personalized enamel pins perform?
The paint is heated and polished to produce a glossy, durable finish. Is warmed to a high temperature and polished to a glossy shine, giving it a durable and resilient surface and is heated and polished to create a tough, glossy and long-lasting surface.
Electroplating involves coating a pin with a metal like gold or silver.Your pin design will be affected by whether you want a textured or flat look, and the color of the outline.The pin comes in four colors (gold, silver, gunmetal or black) and the design is raised for a multi-colored effect.
So far, we have observed that soft enamel pins offer more options since the base color is applied before adding color.Buying enamel pins in bulk can save money, but it’s best to use a reliable company for the best value.
Buying enamel pins in bulk can be cost-effective, but it’s wise to use a trustworthy supplier. Adding extra features and designs to a product can make it more expensive. Get a sample before buying to ensure you like the design. Ask your manufacturer about customizing the color.
Adding extra features and designs to a product can make it more expensive. We recommend getting a sample to ensure you’re satisfied with the design before purchasing.Get a sample before buying to ensure you like the design. Ask your manufacturer about customizing the color.