Understanding How a Lapel Pin is made

In Blog by Michael

You might not realize that the humble lapel pin or its predecessors have been around for thousands of years and were handcrafted and often worn as jewelry. The modern pin is manufactured with high speed computerized machines that can quickly produce hundreds or even thousands of pins. There are many different styles with classic metal types and more modern enamel pins giving you a wide variety of choices that covers the complete range of price points and styles.

Design Freedom

The use of computer controlled processes in all but the most exclusive and high priced hand-made products means that you have the freedom to create any design that you wish. It is important to temper this freedom with practicality so that the person that buys or is given the lapel pin can wear it easily and without fear of damaging it

Luxurious Cloisonné Pins

This traditional style has its roots in jewelry and many top end designs have a stunning look that makes them a wonderful gift or reward. They use high temperature enameling with a base metallic design that can then be polished or plated with bronze, silver or gold. Top end fashion houses have expensive solid gold and silver cloisonné pins that can cost a fortune. While equally stunning mass manufactured styles can cost as little as a few dollars when delivered in very high quantities.

Die Struck Pins

These great looking pins have a classic all metal style that is very popular and creates a hard wearing long term pin that always looks good. They are usually made from iron or copper with copper costing more but producing the best results. They can be plated for a fantastic shine in bronze, silver or gold that adds a spectacular look that will last a lifetime. These are very popular with collectors and make great mementoes that will not degrade over time.

Enamel Pins

These modern pins are responsible for the huge variety of low cost pins that has seen the lapel pin industry expand. They have an almost unlimited color palette and the computerized process can take a design and reproduce it exactly with a high degree of color matching. This has made them popular for marketing and because they are affordable even in low volumes can be a very cost effective way to enhance your brand.