How To Make Your Own Custom Lapel Pins

Pop Culture Lapel Pins

Wondering how to make your own pins? If you have an idea in mind, we can help! A lot of people want to make custom pins themselves but it's not as if you can purchase the machine that manufacturers them. With the rise of DIY projects, everyone wants to know how can I make pins at home? Well you can't manufacture them at home since they are diecast metal, but you can design them at home. Start with a sketch of your idea, if you already have a logo or artwork on your computer that's even better. You'll have to send that artwork to a custom pin manufacturer and have it turned into vector graphics. That's where Quality Lapel Pins comes in! Our team of trained artists can take any rough sketch or image and turn it into production ready vector graphics. Once you are happy with the finalized design we send it to our production team at the factory and they use it to create your pins.

How are the pins made?

Soft enamel pins are made from a metal blank, usually made of iron, that is die-struck with your design and then plated. We have many different plating options for you to choose from. After plating, the recessed areas of the pins that need to be colored are filled with colored enamel and left to dry. Don’t let the name fool you, once the enamel is dry, it is hard, very durable and will look great for decades to come. The soft-enamel pin finish also has the option of having an epoxy dome applied to the surface of the pin. This is a thin, clear coating that covers the entire front of the pin, making the surface of the pin completely smooth. The epoxy coating is not necessary, but is offered for those who like their pins to have a smooth surface.

Our cloisonne, or hard enamel pins are jewelry quality pins. They are a bit more expensive, but they are worth every penny if you need a very high quality pin. These pins are struck from brass or copper and then plated with your choice of plating. All of the colors are then filled with a special enamel or glass, and then baked until the enamel or glass has melted and formed into the recessed areas of the pin perfectly. Then the pins are buffed flat on a large buffing stone. This makes the surface of the colors and the metal perfectly smooth and even, meaning that the surface of these pins is smooth to the touch without having to add an epoxy coating.

You can view all of our options on the website or even easier just give us a call and talk to a real person who will help design your custom pins. Our office in Colorado is open Monday-Friday 9:00-5:00 Mountain time. Email us at with any questions you might have. You can also fill out our free quote form and upload your image to get started. Send us your idea for custom pins and we will take care of the rest!

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