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Enamel Pins - Design know-how

Although we offer a 100% FREE design service* for our enamel pins we would still like to share some industry know-how with you, which can be referred to when planning your designs.

As with any custom manufacturing service, there are limitations that should be understood in order to achieve the best results for your enamel pins.

Please note that these tips are here for your reference and for clients who like to have more control over the design process. We are more than happy to receive your artwork and convert it for you, for free with unlimited amends.

What is an enamel pin?

Enamel pins are essentially metal pins or badges made up of two main elements. Plated metal and enamel paint.

To make an enamel pin, we take your artwork and create a die which is used to stamp your design into a sheet of high quality metal which is then cut out around the outline of your design.

The cut out shape is then plated in a choice of finishes; gold, silver, gun metal grey and black being the most popular, before raised areas are polished to a quality finish and recessed areas are filled with enamel paint.

The coloured enamel areas of your designs can be colour matched using 'Pantone Solid Coated' colour values.

Each colour sits in its own recess with raised metal areas acting as a barrier, surrounding each colour and preventing them from mixing together.

The enamel paints are then set using high temperatures before any additional finishes, such as resin domes, are added.

Minimum raised metal line thickness

Each enamel colour of your design has to be seperated by a line of raised metal, which acts as a barrier, preventing colours from mixing together.

These raised metal lines should be no thinner than 0.2mm.

Minimum areas of colour

Coloured areas of enamel paint are added to the recessed areas of your pins using a thin, needle like applicator.

Recessed areas should be no smaller than 0.3mm in any direction. Any smaller than this and the area will be too difficult to fill.

Minimum Text Size

The smallest text that we recommend using is 5pt. Please note that this is based on a plain font, such as Helvetica. More complex fonts will require a larger font size.

When using text in your designs, please make sure that you follow the size rules for the minimum raised metal line thicknesses and the minimum filled areas of colour.

Any raised metal areas of text should be no thinner than 0.2mm and should contain no recessed areas of colour smaller than 0.3mm.

Please remember to convert all text to outlines before submitting your designs.

Pantone Colour Match

For accurate colour matching, we recommend using the 'Pantone Solid Coated' guide.

Clearly indicate which areas of your designs you would like to be coloured by using the correct colour values when creating your artwork or by clear instruction when placing your order.

A quick recap...

  • 0.2mm minimum raised metal line thickness
  • 0.3mm minimum recessed area for enamel colours
  • Minimum 5pt font size based on a plain font like Helvetica
  • All text converted to outlines
  • Use the Pantone Solid Coated guide for accurate colours

*Our FREE design service is there to convert any EXISTING artwork or sketches into finished designs so that they are suitable for this manufacturing process. Once we receive your artwork we will supply you with a digital proof, which you can either approve or send back to us with any amends that you would like us to make.

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