How Custom Enamel Pins Are Made

How Custom Enamel Pins Are Made

Creating custom enamel pins is a very time-intensive process that requires many separate steps. Unlike other promotional items, making custom pins is a very involved process. Many promotional products are created by simply printing or embroidering a logo on a stock item.

For example, custom koozies are simple because the process only requires two steps. Creating a custom koozie and printing the desired logo/design on that koozie.

Custom pins are unique in the amount of work that goes into creating them. Although there are more steps and labor involved it leads to a longer lasting piece that can be used for many years and many different occasions.

Once the design is finalized and production begins, these are the steps required to finish the pieces.

 

Steps to Create Custom Pins:
  • Molding - A custom mold of your design is cut.

  • Stamping - The mold is used to stamp out metal pieces of the design.

  • Attachments - The nail is soldered onto each piece.

  • Plating - The raw pieces are soaked in a liquid. This liquid electroplates the raw metal to whatever plating option is desired, typically gold or silver.

  • Enameling - Enamel is inserted into each of the cavities using a syringe or an automatic enamel dispenser. For soft enamel, the enamel is not filled to the top of the cavity. For hard enamel, the enamel is filled to the brim.

  • Baking - The pins are put in a high-temperature kiln and bake for 10-15 minutes.

  • Polishing (Hard Enamel only) - the pins are polished by hand on a grinding wheel.