Manufacturing Processes

Die Struck Cloisonné Hard Enamel Pins

Die Struck Cloisonné
Hard Enamel Pins

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Your artwork is converted into a die which will be used to strike the artwork into copper. Each recess of the artwork is hand filled with finely ground colored glass, kiln fired, plated in gold or silver and individually hand polished to a mirror–like finish. All raised elements, showing detail, lettering and separating colors, and gold or silver–plated. Cloisonné originated in China and have a jewelry finish thus they are highly sought after trading pins.

Die Struck Soft Enamel Pins

Die Struck
Soft Enamel Pins

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Your artwork is converted into a die which will be used to strike the artwork into brass or copper. Then the pin will be plated with either gold or silver. The indentations left behind from the die cutting process are then filled with enamel paint to the colors of your choice. Each pin is individually painted by hand using highly specialized fine–tipped syringes. The raised metal areas are then cleaned of any paint.

Iron Stamped Soft Enamel Pins

Iron Stamped
Soft Enamel Pins

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Your artwork is converted into a die which will be used to strike the artwork into iron. Then the pin will be plated with either gold or silver. The indentations left behind from the die cutting process are then filled with enamel paint to the colors of your choice. Each pin is individually painted by hand using highly specialized fine–tipped syringes. The raised metal areas are then cleaned of any paint. Considered the least expensive process of producing pins.

Die Cast Soft Enamel Pins

Die Cast
Soft Enamel Pins

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Your artwork is converted into a mould which will be used to cast the product into a zinc alloy. Then the pin will be plated with either gold, silver, bass, black nickel, copper or antique finish. The indentations left behind from the die casting process are then filled with enamel paint to the colors of your choice. Each pin is individually painted by hand using highly specialized fine–tipped syringes. The raised metal areas are then cleaned of any paint. Because the product is cast and the material is easily workable a much lower temperatures than most melted metals. We are able to provide pins as large as 10″ and pins with 3 dimensional features.

Photo Etched Soft Enamel Pins

Photo Etched
Soft Enamel Pins

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A chemical process is used to etch the artwork design into brass. Then the pin will be plated with either gold or silver. The indentations left behind from the etching process are then filled with enamel paint to the colors of your choice. Each pin is individually painted by hand using highly specialized fine–tipped syringes. The raised metal areas are then cleaned of any paint. Photo etching is the process that you should use if your artwork has fine details that you want to be visible in your custom pins.

Silk Screen Printed Soft Enamel Pins

Silk Screen Printed
Soft Enamel Pins

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A thin layer of high–quality enamel ink is applied directly to the base metal through a mesh screen containing the logo, thus eliminating the need to etch or stamp the design. Silk screening is also the ideal production method for hot–stamping or pad–stamping items requiring precise lettering or intricate art. Silk Screen is ideal for precision artwork such as the exact reproduction of logos and type that are too small or detailed to be color–filled through standard production methods. Silk screening also offers a wide variety of colors, allowing exact color matching. However, the cost of production is much higher because a separate plate must be used for each color.