What's the Difference Between Soft Enamel and Hard Enamel Custom Pins?
The most common question we get is: What is the difference between Soft Enamel and Hard Enamel Pins?
The short 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 products are diestruck 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 (aka Cloisonné):
Hard enamel products are also diestruck 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 products can have more detail and hard enamel products take a few extra days to produce because of the extra steps involved.