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Custom Lapel Pins - Understand Your Choices!

Some companies offer up to a 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 five 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     Soft enamel     Photoscreen     Die struck     Cloisonné

Hard enamel polished pins (also known as die struck pin w/hard enamel), is the the 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. More Info

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Soft Enamel pins (also known as embossed or epola), is the most popular type of custom made lapel pin next to photo screen. Pantone colors choices are available. It offers 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. More Info

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Photo screen pins (also known as screenprint, offset print, silkscreen or photo-etched) are the most versatile. To recreate a design exactly, a photo screen pin is best. Photo screen 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. More Info

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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 & gov't offices favor die struck pins. Colored die struck pins are called soft enamel. Die cast pins are similar to die struck. More Info

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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. Cloisonne pins are most often used as recognition, awards or membership pins. They are not often used for pin trading. More Info

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