How To Make and Sell Enamel Pins in 2022 (Ultimate Guide) (2022)

Enamel pins have exploded in the fashion world and entrepreneurs everywhere are wondering how to take advantage of this business opportunity.

These tiny metal pins are highly customizable and can feature any design, including offbeat illustrations, branded logos, and anything else you can dream up. Enamel pins act as an extension of people’s personalities and give them the chance to customize and accessorize jean jackets, backpacks, hats, and more.

From graphic designers to apparel masterminds to major retailers like Urban Outfitters, creatives and pin makers worldwide have started building successful online businesses by transforming their unique designs and ideas into enamel lapel pins.

In this post, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide to designing, manufacturing, and selling enamel pins to help you discover how to make enamel pins and create your own online accessory powerhouse. We’ll also cover how to create enamel pin designs that sell.

Table of Contents

  • Why make enamel pins?
  • Types of enamel pins
  • How to make enamel pins to sell
  • Tips for selling enamel pins online
  • Building a DIY enamel pin business
  • Making enamel pins FAQ

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Why make enamel pins?

Many people have bought an enamel pin at some point in their lives. They are an easy to use fashion accessory that look good wherever you put them. Enamel pins are considered small pieces of art and are sold and marketed as such. Most enamel pins cost somewhere between $8 and $12 dollars, but can also sell for much more. Despite the low price point, they can have incredibly healthy margins when designed and produced correctly.

Souvenir pins have been around for decades. Go into any rest stop or gift store and you’ll likely find an assortment of different lapel pins.

Today, people wear pins to express themselves and to promote the things they like. They can place pins anywhere: backpages, hats, shirts, pants. Enamel pins have become a sort of fashion statement, with celebrities like Taylor Swift wearing them on the cover of Entertainment Weekly.

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Illustrators and artists love the enamel pin industry for a few reasons:

  • Pins are a good complement to selling clothes and stickers.
  • The profit margins on enamel pins are high.
  • They are easy to make and ship.
  • There’s no limit on creativity.
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The best part? Enamel pins don’t cost much. Pin Lord, an enamel pin seller online, estimates the cost for pins to be between $135 and $200 for 100 units. It’s also possible to get certain pins made overseas for cheaper prices. It‘s not often you can spend a couple hundred dollars for a well designed final product.

Types of enamel pins

There are many types of enamel pins you can create. But let’s look at some of the most common and affordable ones you can make today.

1. Soft enamel

Soft enamel is the most popular choice for creating enamel pins and a favorite for beginners. It generally has more color options, with richer and more vibrant colors available. Using enamel paint you can customize this type of enamel pins to your heart’s content.

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Using soft enamel also lets you get more texture detail into your design, including borders and edges you can actually feel. However, soft enamel pins are also much less durable than hard enamel pins and they can be scratched easily. From a pin production perspective, they can be easy to make but have durability drawbacks.

To create a soft enamel pin, one layer of paint is applied on recessed areas of the pin’s surface. The slightly higher metal between these recessed areas give the pin a rigid finish. These enamel pins are often cheaper to produce.

Hard enamel

Hard enamel is much more durable and rugged than soft enamel but can be more expensive and generally has more restrictions when it comes to coloring. Hard enamel pins can appear subdued and less vivid than soft enamel pins.

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Additionally, hard enamel pins use a clear coat of resin on top which creates a textureless, smooth surface. Hard enamel is a good choice if your pins will need to withstand the elements and if long-term durability is important to you. For example, if you’re targeting customers who want to hang their enamel pin on their outdoor back back for example, this type of pin might be a great option.

2. 3D mold

3D mold pins, or die-cast pins, are a type of pin made with metal. They are made when molten metal is poured under high pressure into a mold of your design. 3D mold pins typically have a more elegant, classic look and are made from either zinc or pewter.

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You’ll want to use die cast pins when you have an intricate design that requires cutouts or a pin that isn’t a perfect shape. Think designs for animals, toys, planes, or symbols.

3. Offset epoxy pins

An epoxy pin has a clear plastic coating that is applied to soft enamel or offset-printed-style lapel pins. It adds shine and protects your designs from damage. Epoxy coating can protect silk screen paint or offset printed designs from fading or scratching over time.

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4. Die struck

Die struck pins are made from pressing metals, like iron, gold, or copper, against a steel mold to create your pin. Striking the metal creates a recessed area where you can add color options, like cloisonné. Some makers also sandblast the recessed area to create a two-tone metal look.

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How to make enamel pins to sell

  1. Find a unique niche
  2. Create your custom enamel pins
  3. Manufacture your pins
  4. Sell your pins on marketplaces

Custom pins are a fun and fulfilling way to transform your designs into a gorgeous physical product, but making them can seem out of reach if you aren’t sure where to start.

We put together this tutorial to help ambitious people like you. People who have a dream or an idea for their very own enamel pin business but aren’t totally sure how to make it happen.

Where to start

Building a new product or business always starts with researching the right resources to get the job done. So, if you’ve found this article: Congratulations! You’ve just completed the first step and you’re already on your way to creating your first set of enamel pins.

With this guide and the right tools at your disposal, making your own enamel pins is easy.

If you’ve never made enamel pins or started your own business before, you’ve probably found yourself asking questions like:

  • How do I turn my designs into an enamel pin?
  • Are enamel pins a good business?
  • How do I create products that people will actually want to buy?
  • How do I know who my customers are?
  • How do I even sell things online?
  • Where can I find products to sell online?

In this post, you’ll get the answers to all of these questions and more, as we walk through the entire process of creating and selling pre-designed or custom lapel pins from start to finish. We’ve done all the hard work and research for you so you can get started as quickly as possible.

1. Find a unique niche

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Want to know the secret to creating a great product? Find an audience first.

If you can narrow down a unique niche for your enamel pins, the rest of the process will be much easier. Understanding your audience also means understanding how to design a great product and sell it to that audience.

Often times, the best foundation for a successful business idea is a passion project. When you find a niche that you’re passionate about first, creating and selling enamel pins online won’t feel like work. It’ll still take time and effort, but you’ll enjoy every part of the process if it’s something you truly care about.

When it comes to niches, there are two basic ways to find an audience: choose a niche that you care about or find a niche that you either already understand or can easily learn to understand. All it takes is a bit of market research to find a passionate, engaged audience that will be perfect for your brand.

Spend some time browsing your favorite enamel pin websites or social media profiles. Have a look on Pinterest for some inspiration. Take note of what you like and what you think could be improved. Be sure to look for inspiration outside of the enamel pin niche as well. You can always borrow inspiration from other industries to help further grow your enamel pin business.

Using your own niche communities

If you’re already an active member of a niche community, creating a business that caters to their values is a straightforward process. Remember: a niche can be any community with a specific, definable set of interests.

A niche can be any community with a specific, definable set of interests.

Not sure which niches you belong to? Take a look at your interests and think about the communities that surround them. Do you have any hobbies? What are your favorite TV shows, movies, or books? What are the things you’re crazy about?

Discovering new niche communities

Targeting your own community can be a rewarding strategy, but sometimes it’s better to find new niche audiences with fresh opportunities instead.

There are a few different methods to seeking out active niches:

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  • Reddit. Using tools like Reddit List, you can discover the most active communities on Reddit. Reddit is a meeting place and message board for some of the world’s largest subcultures, which makes researching and validating niche audiences simple.
  • KWFinder. Another way to evaluate demand and interest is by using KWFinder to find out how often people are googling terms related to your target niche.
  • Google Trends. You can also use Google Trends for a more generic overview of global search volume. While Google Trends isn’t as in depth as the other two options, it quickly can help you determine the viability of a niche.
  • Pinterest: Because Pinterest is an incredibly visual platform, this is a great place to start. Take note of the best boards and influencers who post frequently about enamel pins or craft jewelry.

Determining whether a niche community is a good fit

Once you’ve done some research and found a set of niche communities that could work for your business, it’s time to determine whether they’re good fits for creating a successful, sustainable product.

Here’s a simple framework for evaluating a niche’s potential:

  • Is it a unique niche? Your niche should have defining traits that set it apart from larger, more mainstream audiences. A set of unique traits will make your niche easier to target. Lots of different folks like enamel pins! Get clear on who you want to target.
  • Is it a sustainable niche? If you’re planning on building a successful business, your target audience should be more than a flash-in-the-pan fad. You’ll want to find a niche that has the potential to stick around for a long time. If there are already businesses serving your chosen niche, changes are good it's a sustainable business model.
  • Is it an active niche? Without an active community, marketing to a niche can be a major challenge. If your niche has lots of engaged members, it will be much easier to build an audience that will rally behind your business.
  • Is it a scalable niche? While you might start out targeting a single, small subset of the population with your products, if you’re successful, you’ll want to expand. If you think targeting your niche won’t limit your business’ potential in the future, it’s a good fit.
  • Are there influencers in your niche? If your niche has major players who are popular social media influencers, marketing to your audience will be considerably easier. Are there certain members with large followings on Instagram (#pingame) or Pinterest? Even just a few big influencers can go a long way.

2. Create your custom enamel pins

After you’ve determined who you’re going to be selling your enamel pins to, you’ll need to figure out what those pins will actually look like.

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Even if you don’t have any design skills, creating enamel pins is totally possible. There are a wide variety of options out there to connect you with talented artists or turn your original designs into physical products.

Let’s take a look at the different resources and tools you can use to design stunning enamel pins, regardless of your skill level.

Design your own pins

For creating mockups of your lapel pins, using Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop is probably your best bet. If you don’t have access to Photoshop, here are some free alternatives you can use to create your own original designs:

Work with a pin designer

Maybe you aren’t confident in your design skills or you don’t have the time to create your own designs. Whatever the reason, there are lots of great options out there for outsourcing the entire design process to talented designers from around the world.

You can work with a company like Your Stuff Madethat specializes in pin design and manufacturing.

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The brand is artist-run and owned, so you know you'll get high-quality, custom pin designs at an affordable price. It also manufactures pins out ofits own ethically sourced and certified factory in China. You'll pay between $130-180 for a minimum order of 100 pins between a size range of 1-2 inch pins.

There are alsogreat marketplaces for hiring graphic designers and purchasing design resources:

Note: If you’re purchasing design resources, make sure they have a commercial license so you can use them for your products.

When it comes to enamel pins, there are a few guidelines your final designs will need to follow:

  • Your designs will need to only use solid colors, usually from the Pantone color matching system, which means your enamel colors can’t include gradients or transparent colors.
  • Due to the size of enamel pins, you should avoid using small text or fine details in your designs.
  • Normally, your manufacturer will only need a JPG, PNG, or vector file of your design, but be sure to ask them for details like sizing and bleed area to make sure you’re following their specific guidelines.

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3. Manufacture your pins

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Once you’ve come up with your designs, you’ll need to track down a manufacturer who can take your ideas and transform them into enamel pins.

Even if you’re an experienced entrepreneur, researching and contacting manufacturers, suppliers, and distributors can seem a little intimidating. However, the manufacturing process is fairly straightforward if you know what you’re looking for ahead of time.

In this section, we’ll explore the step-by-step process for researching and evaluating manufacturers, as well as things to keep in mind once you’re ready to get your enamel pins made.

Factors that influence pricing

As a rule of thumb, it’s important to try to keep your costs low when ordering pins. Here’s a look at the factors that increase the final price of your order:

  • The number of colors used in your design;
  • The complexity of your design;
  • The pin size;
  • The quantity of your order.

In terms of order quantity, the main cost for manufacturers is building the initial mold for your product. Once they’ve built the mold to cast your pin, the cost to add more pins to your order is not as impactful on your bottom line as the cost of creating the mold. Just something to keep in mind when you’re considering how large of an order you should make.

Finding a manufacturer for your enamel pins

There are many companies in North America, Europe, and Asia that offer enamel pin manufacturing. A quick Google search for enamel pin manufacturers can turn up lots of different results. Here’s a quick look at a few options:

Alternatively, you can use Alibaba to track down a reliable manufacturer overseas.

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Connecting with overseas manufacturers is an intimidating process. If this is your first time dealing with manufacturers, you probably have no idea where to start—but that’s totally fine.

Our guide How to Find a Manufacturer or Supplier for Your Product Idea has everything you need to know about finding the perfect manufacturer for your product.

Manufacturing specifications for enamel pins

For enamel pins, there are a few details you should keep in mind when reaching out to a manufacturer.

Most enamel lapel pin manufacturers will allow you to customize the materials you use for your pins, beyond hard or soft enamel. You’ll be able to choose the color and texture of your enamel pins’ base before dyes are added, so make sure you ask to see all the options available. You should also ask about the options available for the needle on the back of your pin, including whether the clasp for the needle is steel, rubber, or some other material.

Additionally, find out if your chosen manufacturers will also let you customize the way your pins are shipped. Enamel pins usually arrive in small plastic bags, but some manufacturers will allow you to add a custom backing card to each bag for a unique, professional touch. If backing cards are available, make sure you’re given the exact design specifications for them, including color limitations and bleed area.

Validating your idea

Any trustworthy manufacturer will send you a proof or sample pin for you to inspect before ordering a full run of product. Be sure to thoroughly examine this sample to make sure that the product lives up to your vision.

After finalizing your product design, the next step is to validate demand. Order the smallest run possible first and see how it does. Once you’re positive there’s a substantial demand for your product, then you can think about scaling up and increasing the size of your orders.

Tips for selling enamel pins online

Now that you know your market, the pins you’ll sell, and your supply chain, it’s time to figure out how and where to sell your enamel pins.

Marketplaces like Amazon and Etsy are good places to list your pins, but you’ll want to open an online store for your own brand. An online store acts as your digital home, where you can connect with shoppers and sell your products.

For example, Shopify Merchant PINTRILL, a leading enamel pin seller, features hundreds of pins on its ecommerce website.

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PINTRILL gives new life to work by artists that have passed like Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. It also expanded its product line to include keychains, pin backs, and hats. You can create your own DIY custom pins right on the website.

Because PINTRILL doesn’t list on third-party marketplaces, it doesn’t pay commission and can keep all the profits.

When it comes to marketing your own enamel pin business, there are some recommended channels you’ll want to try:

  • Search engine marketing (SEO). SEO helps you reach people who are looking for specific enamel pins or designs. The buying intent behind these searches means you’ll get relevant traffic to your product pages, which can result in more sales. You can do this organically through on-site optimization or by promoting through Google Ads.
  • Instagram marketing. Instagram is a highly visual platform, perfect for creators to show off their products. You can publish a mix of Stories, posts, or Reels to promote your products and connect with followers. The more they enjoy your content, the more likely they are to buy.
  • Facebook advertising. Say you want to target a specific group with your pins. Facebook ads can help you market to people who fit that profile.
  • Influencer marketing. Partner up with micro-celebrities, YouTubers, Instagrammers, and TikTokers to use their influencer and promote your pins. Influencers help you get in front of the right people. With a return of up to $18 for every dollar spent on influencer marketing, there’s no doubt it's a good way to promote your business.

Last bit: make sure to take good product photos of your pins. Shoppers will want to see the details, and you took the time to design them, so might as well show ’em off.

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Building a DIY enamel pin business

Building an enamel pin business can be both rewarding and profitable when done right.

Even if you feel like there is some competition in your niche, do it. Like any competitive market, if you focus on making incredible products and getting them in front of the right audience, you’ll turn a profit.

Start your business as a side hustle, then slowly turn it into a full-time venture. You’ll figure out what pins sell and different ways to source them to increase margins and make money online.

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Making enamel pins FAQ

How much does it cost to make enamel pins?

The cost of making enamel pins depends on many factors, like colors, materials, and type of enamel pin. However, you can expect to pay between $130 and $220 for 100 units, even cheaper if you buy from overseas.

How do I make custom pins?

  • Find your niche
  • Design your own pins
  • Find a manufacturer
  • Sell your custom pins online

What are enamel pins made of?

Enamel pins are made of many different materials. You can make enamel pins from metals like copper, pewter, zinc, gold, and brass.

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Why are enamel pins so expensive?

Enamel pins can be expensive because you have to make a mold to produce them. Whether you make one or one thousand pins, the mold costs the same. The mold is also the most expensive part of creating custom pins.

FAQs

How do you sell enamel pins? ›

To be able to sell pins online, you first need an online storefront where people can buy your designs, and preferably, have a fast and fun experience doing it. There are a lot of e-commerce providers out there (like Squarespace, Etsy, Wix, and a whole bunch more), but from experience, I'd recommend you use Shopify.

How much does it cost to make enamel pins? ›

How much does it cost to make enamel pins? Enamel pins can cost you between $1.3 to $3.5 a unit based on the materials, colors, and type of enamel pin you use, among other things. The average cost ties heavily to the number of pins you order. The larger the order, the less you pay per pin.

How do you manufacture enamel pins at home? ›

So that I could hold it. Well. So the metal I used was just solder. Just kind of what you use like

Do enamel pins sell well? ›

Illustrators and artists love the enamel pin industry for a few reasons: Pins are a good complement to selling clothes and stickers. The profit margins on enamel pins are high.

How do I start my own pin business? ›

6 Simple Ways to Start an Enamel Lapel Pin Business
  1. Start with a Unique Design. We know that enamel pins custom designs are more popular right now. ...
  2. Set a Budget. ...
  3. Create The Pins. ...
  4. Create a Website. ...
  5. Social Media Marketing. ...
  6. Look for a Manufacturer.
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How much should a pin cost? ›

Soft Enamel Lapel Pin Pricing
Size1002,000
0.75"$2.57$0.97
1"$2.63$0.99
1.25"$2.70$1.05
1.5"$2.87$1.12
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Why are enamel pins so popular? ›

Rather, it is because they are a high-quality and very durable pin that provides depth to the look. Even better, a soft enamel pin can accommodate almost any design.So, we have customers who use them as a trading pin for baseball and other sports like football, basketball and soccer among other team sports.

How long does it take to make enamel pins? ›

The manufacturing time for enamel pins is about 2 to 4 weeks depending on the scale of the operation and the number of pins that are required. Enamel pins are a great way of promoting your brand or event, or just showing off your flair and personal style.

Why are enamel pins so expensive? ›

Enamel pins are expensive because you need to create a mold to make them. Once the mold is ready, you can produce 1 or 100 of them! Since the production of the mold itself is the costliest bit, bulk production of the pins can help lower the unit price.

What's the difference between hard and soft enamel pins? ›

Soft Enamel vs Hard Enamel: Texture

A hard enamel pin is smooth and flat with a scratch-resistant finish. Soft enamel pins and coins have slightly raised metal edges around each section of the design to give it a more defined look. Both soft and hard enamel pins and challenge coins are made from the same metal mold.

Can you make pins with Cricut? ›

Amber of Damask Love shows how easy it is to whip up a batch of pins using any artwork in the Cricut Design Space and your Cricut Maker. The “print-then-cut” feature and knife blade tool make it super easy to cut precise shapes from basswood, and then Amber shows you how to paint and assemble your pins.

How are custom enamel pins made? ›

Most enamel pins are made using the die-struck manufacturing process. This process requires a stamping mold so that your pin design is stamped into zinc metal. In most cases this process takes about 2-3 days to complete. The mold itself is made from specialized industrial steel.

What metal is used for enamel pins? ›

Generally, Zinc alloys and Iron are the most used metals in enamel pin-making. Aluminum and Stainless steel, on the other hand, are commonly used in making offset print pins. Brass and Copper are also used in manufacturing the enamel pins.

Can you 3D print pins? ›

Yes, you can 3D print an enamel pin. All you need is a 3D printer, an enamel pin design, and a few supplies to be able to produce your first DIY enamel pin. The supplies are the easy part, you can find them at your local craft store. Even the 3D design may already be prepared.

How do you make a pin badge? ›

Things You Should Know. You can easily make a badge pin by placing a printed image in a snap-in casing button. Alternatively, you can use a button machine to quickly make multiple badge pins. If you have existing buttons, you can glue new images to the front with rubber cement.

What do people do with pins? ›

They can be used as a simple fashion statement, or you can wear them to show off organizations you're a member of, movements you support, awards you've earned, and things you enjoy. You can even add a pin to accessories like ties, backpacks, purses, hats, and scarves.

How many pins should I order? ›

For most people starting out, 100 is the sweet spot and a great balance of cost and profits. You can order 50 pins if you'd like, but generally it does not make a lot of financial sense to do unless you really only need 50 for an event or are unsure that there will be demand for a product and want to test the waters.

How do you create pins on Pinterest? ›

  1. Log into your Pinterest account.
  2. Click the plus icon at the bottom-right of your screen.
  3. Click Create a Pin.
  4. Drag and drop or click the directional arrow up circle icon to upload your image.
  5. Add a title, a description, and the destination link.

Where do you put enamel pins? ›

The best place to put enamel pin is in front of caps, backpacks, and jackets.

Where is all about pins located? ›

We have multiple options for production location depending on your design choice and budget. We have manufacturing here in Florida and also overseas. Please consult with one of our sale professionals about what will work best for your lapel pin order.

Are enamel pins still popular 2022? ›

These hard enamel pins have become very common in the fashion industry because they give more flexibility when creating custom designs, which artists can customize and sell on their websites and through online platforms like Etsy, eBay, and Amazon.

What are the backs of pins called? ›

Lapel pins are primarily for aesthetic purposes, therefore, the part of the pin that attaches to the clothing is designed to stay hidden from view, which is referred to as lapel pin backs or a butterfly clutch.

Who uses enamel pins? ›

In the 90s, the uses of enamel pins have multiplied, and they have become today one of the best-growing global trends. Millennials are considered responsible for bringing the pins back, and they have found innovative ways of wearing them.

How do you make homemade pins without shrinking plastic? ›

DIY pins without shrink plastic! | Foil pins | no bake! - YouTube

How do you make hard enamel pins? ›

  1. Step 1: Start With a Design. I like using a whiteboard for sketching out my enamel pin designs. ...
  2. Step 2: Put It to Vinyl. ...
  3. Step 3: Prep the Steel. ...
  4. Step 4: Apply the Vinyl Mask. ...
  5. Step 5: Attach Wire to the Pin Blank. ...
  6. Step 6: Preparing the Etching Bath. ...
  7. Step 7: Attach and Submerge the Parts. ...
  8. Step 8: Set It and (don't) Forget It.

How are enamel pin badges made? ›

Design Process

Enamel pins are metal pins that are made up of two elements - the plated metal and the enamel paint which sits on top. The artwork needed for manufacturing needs to be split in to two parts - the metal and the enamel paint. We can use pantone colour references for colours used on the enamel paint.

Is hard enamel or soft enamel cheaper? ›

Soft enamel is faster and cheaper than hard enamel.

Is pin collecting expensive? ›

One downside to Pin Trading is that it can be very expensive, as individual pin prices start at $8.99 and only go up from there! When we first started Disney Pin Trading, it was relatively inexpensive. It can be super expensive if you are serious about collecting.

Can I sell anime pins? ›

You cannot safely and/or legally create and sell pop-culture-reference pins that you don't own the rights to. Period. To be able to legally sell pins of copyrighted material, you need to get a licensing agreement from the original copyright owner.

Are Disney pins hard or soft enamel? ›

All official Disney trading pins are made with hard enamel, where as Loungefly pins use soft enamel. Hard enamel has a smooth and solid surface, polished to be at the same level as the metal lines of the pin.

What are the different types of enamel pins? ›

There are two types of enamel pins available: soft enamel pins and hard enamel pins. While both types of enamel pins achieve that classic colorful look, their production, cost, and overall look vary significantly.

Can enamel pins get scratched? ›

Keep it Simple. If you notice dust or other debris clinging to your enamel pins, then you can use a cotton cloth to wipe them down. Soft enamel is more likely to experience buildup since there are dips on the surface, but they are also easier to scratch.

How do I make a PIN image button? ›

DIY with 2 Clear Buttons Parts with Pin on back! - YouTube

Can you use enamel pins as earrings? ›

So, to answer the question, enamel pins do make great earrings. All facts considered, why not? They are unique and can be personalized to portray any sign or message.

How are enamel pin molds made? ›

How are Enamel Pins Made?
  • The metal stamp is die-struck or molded into the desired shape and size.
  • It is then cut into an exact outline of the design.
  • An attachment is soldered onto the back of the custom design.
  • The mold is then soaked in the plating liquid.
  • The coloring is then added to the mold.
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Where are wizard pins made? ›

99% of our competitors make their entire line in China, however we're uniquely positioned to be able to produce our entire enamel line in the USA.

How do I ship enamel pins internationally? ›

1) Put backs on your pins, then preferably put into small baggie. Note – If you are sending a large pin, or several pins, you may want to attach the pins to a piece of cardboard or foam, and then put the backs on. 2) Wrap once or twice with bubble wrap, depending on thickness. 3) Place into padded mailer.

What is an offset pin? ›

What Are Offset Printed Pins? Offset Printed pins do not altering or distort your design, which incorporate gradients, drop shadows or other subtle color changes. You can also choose unlimited choices of fonts, colors, and other types of design elements.

Do enamel pins rust? ›

Some enamel pins can rust, some will not. Enamel pins are made of 5 different types of metal: brass, copper, iron, stainless steel, and zinc alloy. Of these 5 metals the only metal that will rust is IRON. That said, most pins are plated with either gold or silver.

Do enamel pins have lead? ›

90 ppm is unsafe for kids. Enamel pins are often high Lead and the scouts have even had recalls for enameled items in recent years (link).

What is printed enamel? ›

Enamel and precious. metal screen-printing. Screen-printing is a process that utilises a succession of screens to apply colors one by one. The desired artwork is reproduced precisely on the rotating bottle. It provides a definitive fixation of the enamels.

Why are enamel pins so expensive? ›

Enamel pins are expensive because you need to create a mold to make them. Once the mold is ready, you can produce 1 or 100 of them! Since the production of the mold itself is the costliest bit, bulk production of the pins can help lower the unit price.

What do people do with pins? ›

They can be used as a simple fashion statement, or you can wear them to show off organizations you're a member of, movements you support, awards you've earned, and things you enjoy. You can even add a pin to accessories like ties, backpacks, purses, hats, and scarves.

Are pins collectible? ›

Not only are lapel pins a functional and stylish way to show off your interests, but they can also have symbolic or collectible value. Whether you choose to collect pins from your favorite sports teams, the Olympics, Disney, or another theme or interest, collecting and trading pins is a fun hobby to start.

How much should a pin cost? ›

Soft Enamel Lapel Pin Pricing
Size1002,000
0.75"$2.57$0.97
1"$2.63$0.99
1.25"$2.70$1.05
1.5"$2.87$1.12
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Which is better hard or soft enamel pins? ›

Hard enamel pins are more durable and scratch-resistant compared to soft enamel. Many people choose hard enamel over soft enamel because of the clean, finished look. Many designs can work in both hard and soft enamel, so most of the time it comes down to personal preference.

Is hard enamel or soft enamel cheaper? ›

Soft enamel is faster and cheaper than hard enamel.

What side does a woman wear a pin? ›

Typically, when a woman wears a lapel pin it is on the left side of her clothing at about the height of a breast pocket. To show her professionalism, the lapel pin is worn in a line down the left side if she has more than one.

Why do people collect enamel pins? ›

Some of the top reasons why people collect enamel pins are; ‍They are an attractive fashion statement that can immensely add to your style. They are a functional accessory that you can either choose to wear, collect, trade or even display. There is an almost endless supply of lapel pins in the market.

How do you style enamel pins? ›

Wear your pins on a blazer or jacket. Keep it professional and fun! Add some personality to a regular hat, you can style pins on the front of the hat and the back. We love pairing a button up shirt with these unique fun pins.

How do I make sure my pins don't fall off? ›

Enamel pins usually come in metal emblems as well as real flowers or fabric.
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  1. USE LOCKING PIN BACKS. ...
  2. GET PINS FEATURING 2 PIN BACKS. ...
  3. CONSIDER USING ADHESIVE BACKING. ...
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  5. PUT YOUR ENAMEL PINS IN A SAFE PLACE.

Can you put enamel pins in the washing machine? ›

The Bottom Line

Regardless of the base metal, feel free to wash or wipe down any enamel pin you may have with water or jewelry cleaner. But if you do have an iron base enamel pin it is recommended that you thoroughly dry the pins lapel after you wipe it down to ensure no water or moisture resides on the pin.

Are cork boards good for enamel pins? ›

Corkboards have several characteristics that make them perfect enamel pin displays. They're inexpensive and plentiful. They're easy to cut for DIY projects. And they're durable, so it doesn't matter how many times you stick a pin in them.

Where do people trade pins? ›

Collectible pins used in pin trading are often found in amusement parks and resorts; the Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts, for example, are venues where Disney pin trading has become a popular activity, and similar pin trading activities are popular at comparable venues such as SeaWorld, Universal Resorts, and ...

What makes a pin valuable? ›

Enamel pins are expensive because you must create a mold in order to produce an enamel pin. It doesn't matter whether you make one pin or 1000 pins, the mold costs the same. And, since the mold is the most expensive part, the fewer pins you make the more expensive the pins will be.

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