Are you thinking of developing pins for your small company?

Terrific idea! Pins are an enjoyable method to get your cool designs out worldwide and enable your clients to reveal their individuality by dressing up clothing, accessories, therefore, much more.


Now that you’ve decided to begin selling customised pins … the choosing has just started.

You’ve still got to pick the designs, discover a terrific manufacturer … and decide on the ideal pins method, so your following custom pin collection is a significant best-seller.

Did you understand that there’s more than one kind of pinout there? In truth, here at The/Studio, we provide six main types of hooks: soft enamel pins, hard enamel pins, die-struck pins, 3D mould pins, and offset printed pins. While they are incredibly stylish and premium, some pins are better matched for various needs.

Do you want to develop a colourful art deco piece for your clients to pin on a leather jacket?

Are you aiming to develop an heirloom-quality lapel pin that looks official?

Are you just seeking to create a fun novelty gift for an occasion you have coming up with photorealistic detail?

Are you preparing on selling baseball caps, and you’re trying to find an excellent method to personalise them?

Whatever your vision, you can bring it to life with The/Studio … as long as you select the right kind of pin, that is!

Before starting production or designing, get clear about what kind of pin you’re setting out to produce.

Continue reading for a guide to the six main kinds of pins, together with a summary of other areas you can personalise to make your custom-made pins your own.

Enamel pins.

Enamel pins are maybe the most famous pin type out there. When you consider a pin, chances are this is where your brain goes. Enamel pins are made with a mix of enamel and metal. They’re typically brilliantly coloured and can be made in any shape. They’re generally excellently suitable for style statements on jean jackets, leather coats, canvas carry bags, baseball caps, or other devices. They’re not all enjoyable and games– it’s likewise possible to produce an official-looking lapel pin utilising enamel. Enamel pins might be used to reveal character, show association to a group or company, or represent a brand.

There are two types of enamel pins available: soft enamel pins and hard enamel pins. While both enamel pins accomplish that classic, colourful look, their production, expense, and general appearance differ substantially.

Soft Enamel Pins


Soft enamel pins are the most conventional kind of enamel pins. Soft enamel pins are developed by pouring soft enamel between metal lines. A soft enamel pin is plated with metal die lines. (At The/Studio, a wide choice of 14 metal finishes and colours are readily available.) Then, enamel colours are added to the open areas of the design.

Soft enamel pins provide a traditional pin appearance. You’ll observe grooves or dips between the enamel and die lines on the hook. They enable more excellent information and contrasting styles, with texture and shine.

Soft enamel pins are offered in a wide range of colours. The/Studio uses the flexibility to add 21+ enamel colours on just one plug. Soft enamel pins are also one of the most cost-effective custom pin choices. Depending on the order amount, they may cost as low as $0.40 each.

Hard Enamel Pins


Hard enamel pins also accomplish that timeless, vibrant pin look; however, they vary from conventional soft enamel pins. Also known as cloisonné pins, hard enamel pins are developed by including each piece of coloured enamel individually, then melting and baking it together on top of a metal plate. This results in a smooth, multicoloured surface area. The enamel is polished flat throughout the pin’s surface area, without the textured feel of soft enamel pins.

Hard enamel pins are also offered in a large variety of colours, with 21+ enamel colours available. Hard enamel pins usually cost more than soft ones due to the more involved design procedure and production time. Still, they might cost as low as $0.46 each, depending on the order quantity.

Die-Struck Pins


Die-struck pins use raised and recessed metal to bring custom styles to life. Their overall look and design process resembles that of a custom-made coin. Die-struck pins are made by developing a mould then stamping the design directly onto metal. The style is brought to life in the texture, not with colour or enamel additions. (Though you can add enamel detail to a die-struck pin if you wish.).

Die-struck pins are ideal for traditional, complex designs that look terrific imprinted on metal and don’t need any colour. They’re a popular choice for lapel pins, given that their monochromatic appearance is instead downplayed and advanced. Die-struck pins are an excellent option for logo, acknowledgement, commemorative, or award pins. They’re still highly personalised, with a broad choice of 14 metals and surfaces available.

Die-struck pins are among the most budget-friendly customised pin alternatives readily available. Depending on the order amount, they might cost as low as $0.40 each.

3D Mold Pins.


Have a custom-made pin with a unique shape in mind? A 3D mould pin might be the method to go. 3D mould pins are developed by forming a customised mould then putting metal into it. They can be tailored to match any shape or detail, no matter how elaborate.

Like die-struck pins, 3D mould pins are usually made with metal, without enamel colour additions.

3D mould pins can be personalised to match a variety of styles. They can look relatively modern-day with geometric, popular culture designs or timeless and incredibly elite with highly detailed symbols. They’re also a popular alternative for lapel pins. Though they are generally made using simply one type of metal, The/Studio’s wide variety of 14 finishes and metals permits a lot of customizability.

3D mould pins usually cost a little more than die-struck or soft enamel pins. Still, they might cost as low as $0.46 each, depending upon the order quantity.

Offset Printed Pins.

Are you searching for a photorealistic pin? Look no more than offset printed pins. These exceptionally customisable pins are created by printing a full-colour style then securing it with an epoxy finish. They’re perfect for nails that require a very high level of information and lots of colours. (While enamel pins can support 21+ colours of enamel, adding on more than five colours on a single pin comes at an additional expense– offset printed pins consist of as numerous colours as your style needs at one flat rate.).

Offset printed pins are a popular option for novelty pins since they can bring any photograph or artwork to life. They’re a fantastic option for weddings, shows, fundraising events, trade conventions, or other special events. They’re also worth considering for any designer who has artwork that would look great on a pin but doesn’t wish to change their styles excessively for the various mediums.

Offset printed pins can be safeguarded with a thin epoxy coating or a thick epoxy dome. Thin epoxy coating has a flat, glossy finish. A light epoxy finish comes at an additional expense. Still, they might cost as low as $0.46 each, depending upon the order quantity.

Offset printed pins with a thick epoxy dome are the most expensive pins offered at The/Studio. They might cost $0.48 per pin, depending on the order quantity. In this type of pin, the design is printed using balanced plates; then, the thick epoxy coating is used to seal the design producing a dome shape.

Which Pin Style is Best?

The best pin style for you will depend upon your designated pin style, your customers, and your service.

For instance, if you’re looking to develop an official-looking lapel pin as merchandise for a golf resort, you’d probably like a hook that looks traditional, understated, and pricey … while if you’re interested in producing attractive, brightly coloured pins for youths seeking to embellish their vintage jeans coats, you’d be much better off picking a pin that permits as much colour and detail as possible.

If you have a specific design or image in mind that you’d like to recreate as precisely as possible, a balanced out printed pin might be best. It’ll look the truest to your original design.

For simple lapel pins, the die-struck style is a total classic. Its coin-like look is understated yet advanced, making it excellent for professional clothes or organisation casual looks alike. However, 3D mould pins are a fantastic option for pin developers looking for a metal appearance but who have a more custom-made shape in mind.

For brightly-coloured pins, the enamel is undoubtedly the method to go. You’ll have to pick between hard enamel or soft enamel depending on your style– hard enamel is a terrific option for creative pins that do not require defined lines throughout. In contrast, soft enamel is much better for more detailed techniques.

If you’re searching for the most OK well-rounded pin, we’d have to go with soft enamel– it’s the most standard and most popular pin for a reason, with bright colours and the capability to support detailed and basic designs alike. Plus, it’s one of the most budget-friendly pin options out there.

Pin Customization Options.

Guess what? Your pin style isn’t the only thing that will wind up affecting the general look of your pin. When you create a custom pin utilising The/Studio’s DIY online product creation tool, you’ll also have numerous other modification alternatives to assist you in making your pin style your own– even after you’ve decided which of the six primary pin styles is the best fit.

You’ll likewise have the opportunity to tailor the following pin features:

  • Material colour/finish— Choose from a glossy gold, shiny gunmetal, glossy silver, shiny nickel, shiny increased gold, glossy brass, glossy copper, antique gold, antique silver, antique brass, antique nickel, antique copper, brushed brass surface, or black paint finish. If you’d choose, you’ll also have the choice to select two metal colours of the very same finish.
  • Backing accessory— Decide what sort of support will go on your customised pin. Pick between a standard butterfly clutch pin backing, a rubber clutch support, luxurious clutch support, 2-piece magnet backing, security pin support, bar magnet support, rubber clutch backing, or bent legs backing.
  • How numerous colours— Choose whether your style will include no colour, less than five enamel colours, or any other range of enamel colours up to 21+.
  • Additional upgrades— Explore enjoyable add-ons! Suggest whether you’d like to add on shine enamel, embossing, additional support attachments, engraving, sand-blasting, thin epoxy finish, glow-in-the-dark enamel, debossing, rhinestones, translucent enamel, or aluminium core metal to your pin.
  • Custom backing cards— Planning on selling these pins in your shop? Order customised backing cards to make sure your nails are entirely retail-ready.
    Note that some of these features might come at an extra expense.

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