comparison showing the difference between hard enamel and soft enamel custom lapel pins

Soft Enamel vs Hard Enamel Pins - The Differences

The quick answer is: soft enamel pins have a textured/ridged feel when you run your finger across the surface and hard enamel pins have a smooth/polished feel. 

Soft Enamel Pins:

Soft enamel pins are die struck and filled with enamel, but they aren’t filled to the top. The result is a textured surface where you can feel the raised and recessed details of the design.

Soft enamel pins are the most popular style of pin we sell and are probably what you have in mind when you think about custom pins. They are affordable, durable, and are the default style of pin that we recommend in most cases.

 

Hard Enamel Pins:

Hard enamel pins are also die struck and filled with enamel. However, unlike soft enamel, the enamel is overfilled and then polished down to create a surface that’s smooth to the touch.

Hard enamel pins are the second most popular style of pin we sell. They work best for simpler designs that don't have intricate detail and for customers who want to achieve a look that has a higher perceived value than soft enamel. They are a little fancier and more expensive than soft enamel. However, they don't work with every design/budget and there are certain limitations with the style.

 

Differences Between Hard Enamel and Soft Enamel Pins

Soft Enamel Pins
Hard Enamel Pins
allows for all plating options (including black dyed, pms dyed, and antique finishes)
allows for only shiny metal plating options (ie. shiny silver, shiny gold, etc)
allows for more intricate detail
less detail works better
cheapest
more expensive
most common
 second most common
fastest enamel turnaround several days slower due to polishing 

 


Soft Enamel Pins:

 

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