Types of Pins
Custom Lapel Pins - Understand Your Choices!
Some companies offer a couple of dozen different pin manufacturing styles, all with different pricing. Do you have the time to learn the difference between them all? Probably not. Metro Pins has grouped the different styles into six major categories. Read about each below, and you'll know enough to make an informed choice. Sports trading pins are almost exclusively photoscreen or soft enamel.
Hard enamel polished pins (also known as die struck pin w/hard enamel), are one of the highest quality pins available. Most Pantone colors choices available. Hard enamel has brilliant colors, metal separated detailing, great durability with a highly polished smooth and hard finish. Hard enamel pins are pins that impress.Learn More
Soft Enamel pins (also known as embossed or epola), are the most popular type of custom made lapel pin next to photoscreen. Pantone colors choices are available. They offer brilliant colors, fine raised metal detail, and the option of having either a smooth or textured finish. Soft enamel pins are perfect for any occasion or special event.Learn More
Die struck pins are made of premium metal materials, have clean lines and are elegant. If you require a classy, dignified pin, a die struck pin is a great choice. Universities, law firms, fraternities & government offices favor die struck pins. Colored die struck pins are called soft enamel. Die cast pins are similar to die struck pins, but incorporate three-dimensional aspects into the design.Learn More See also: 3D Diecast Pins
Photoscreen pins (also known as screenprint, offset print, silkscreen or photo-etched) are the most versatile. To recreate a design exactly, a photoscreen pin is best. Photoscreen pins allow any design to be recreated, down to the smallest detail, without the need for fine gold or silver metal separating lines around each of the colors.Learn More See also: Heavy Photoscreen, Deluxe Photoscreen & Photo Enamel Hybrid
Rubber PVC pins are flexible, bendable rubber PVC that can be fully customized and colored to your specifications. Soft rubber PVC is durable and permits a surprising amount of detail, though not as much as an enamel pin. A metal pin post (spur nail) is embedded in the back to permit typical usage as a pin with a standard pin back. Rubber PVC pins are exceptionally vibrant, they are thicker than similar sized enamel pins and will certainly stand out.Learn More
Cloisonné pins are top-of-the-line, jewelry-quality lapel pins. Cloisonné pins have a smooth, hard-polished look. Hundreds of color choices. These are some of the highest quality lapel pins available. Cloisonné pins are most often used as recognition, awards or membership pins. They are not often used for pin trading.Learn More