Enamel Pins: The Different Types

Happy Friday! I hope you all had a lovely week with the sun beaming down, my pale skin isn’t used to this heat. Following up from last week, I had a lot of positive feedback from my last blog post on how to create Enamel Pins. If you haven’t read it yet, you can read it here. I received a lot of messages asking what Enamel is best to use. So here’s a list of all of your options:

Soft Enamel Pins:

Also known as embossed pins. These pins have a raised metal die line, creating a texture to the pin. Its usually best to have soft enamel when you want to use black of white metal. Soft Enamel is also a lot easier to use if you’re a first time pin creator, as it’s a lot easier to keep your pin the same way you designed it, Otherwise you may find yourself changing small details like eyes and borders to fit with the gold or silver finish.

An example of a soft enamel pin. Notice how the black outlining (metal die line) is raised. Check this pin out here!

Hard Enamel Pins:

Hard Enamel Pins are polished flat, therefore the paint and metal die line is at the same level. These are typically more expensive, due to each colour having to be baked separately. A lot of people tend to prefer this look, but it’s all down to personal preference! If you believe the perceived appearance is important for the pin you are creating, then hard enamel is probably best. The best enamel colours to use for Hard Enamel are Silver, Gold or Rose Gold (If you’re manufacturer supplies that!).

An example of a hard enamel pin. The paint and metal die line is smooth and to the same level. Check this pin out here!

Screen Printed Pins:

Screen printed pins are perfect for those little details that could get ruined by a metal outline. Details such as rosy cheeks can be printed onto the pin, meaning that more colours can be used, as well as the use of gradients.

The cheeks on this pin by KatnippIllustrations are screen printed!

Die Struck Pins

These pins are all metal based. Kind of like a coin, your design will be raised or recessed into the metal. This pin gives you the opportunity to play around with the shape of your pin, rather than the colour. So if metals your thing, die struck wins!

A Die Struck pin! Check out the creator here.

Cloisonné Pins

Try pronouncing that, because I can’t! These pins actually date back to Ancient China. If you find any old pins lying around, they will most likely be a Cloisonné pin, I actually have a few myself. These are made with die struck metal and glass enamel.

A Cloisonné pin. Find it here.

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Have a lovely weekend,

Ella x

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