Pin add-ons and options are a good way to spice up your pin's appeal. Different options are
listed below. Keep in mind that most of these options add additional days to your order production time.
Danglers - Adding a dangler to your pin design is the most popular way of increasing
value, appeal and trading power to your pin. A dangler is a secondary pin that hangs down from the
main pin by a small jump ring or even a short chain. Danglers are the most durable of secondary pins.
Danglers are quoted (based on size) as an additional pin and
start at $0.95 per pin. 100 piece minimum order.
Bobbleheads - Bobble heads are secondary pins that are connected to the main lapel pin using a spring
attachment instead of a chain. The spring enables the "bobbling" action of the pin. Make a head bobble or
have your logo spring off the outline of your state.
Bobbleheads are quoted (based on size) as an additional pin and start at $1.05 per pin. 100 piece minimum order.
Warning: Bobbleheads are the least durable of secondary pins (springs can stretch, bobbleheads can break off) -
as a consequence you should order extras.
Sliders - Sliders are secondary pins that are attached to a main pin via a cut-out sliding slot. The
secondary pin is able slide a short distance along the main pin, adding movement to the design.
This addition is great for making a player slide into home base or showing a ball flying into the sky.
Sliders are quoted (based on size) as an additional pin and start at $1.05 per pin. 100 piece minimum order. Only for enamel pins.
Pin-on-Pin - Pin-on-pins are second pin layers that are permanently attached to a main pin in a
designated, immovable position. These are also called double-layer pins. The
addition of second pin layer allows for the incorporation of a layered, 3D look.
It is possible to add more than one pin-on-pin to the main pin layer if required.
A pin-on-pin works best on hard enamel, but can be used with soft enamel as well.
Pin-on-pins are quoted (based on size) as an additional pin and start at $0.95 per pin. 100 piece minimum order.
Spinners - A spinner is a second pin that is attached through a hole in the main pin and capped off,
allowing it to spin freely in a clockwise or counter-clockwise direction. A spinner
can be used to creative movement in the wheels of a car or a hurricane hovering over the main pin.
The rarity of this feature causes it to make spinning pins highly tradable.
Spinners are quoted (based on size) as an additional pin and start at $0.95 per pin. 100 piece minimum order. Only for enamel pins.
Z-axis spinners - Also a second pin, a "Z" axis spinner
is attached on a metal spin rod to the main pin and spins differently than a regular spinner.
The rod has parallel alignment with the surface of the main pin and
is the central axis of the spinner's motion.
The rod runs from top to bottom through a double-sided spinner pin.
This sturdy pin then rotates around the rod showing both the front and back of the spinner pin.
A Z axis main pin and spinner are thicker than ordinary pins, typically 3mm.
This rarest type of spinner pin can add weeks to production & assembly time.
Z axis spinners are quoted (based on size) as an additional pin and start at $2.00 per pin.
200 piece minimum order & $125.00 Z-axis setup fee.
Blinkies/LEDs - Blinking LED lights, commonly referred to as "blinkies", have been a popular addition
to trading pins for years. To create the blinking effect, a small light bulb (LED) is placed on the
pin and connected to a small battery attachment on the back. The bulb begins to blink when turned on
using a small button. Up to six total blinkies may be added! Sometimes a safety pin
attachment is used instead
of spur nails on the pin backs. This feature is a more expensive add on, is less common and will help
make your lapel pin stand out. Blinkies add $1.25 for the 1st LED light and $0.50 for each additional light.
Blue and white LEDs are $0.25 more per light. 100 piece minimum order.
Custom or blank back print - Put your corporate logo, organizational mark or your player's names/numbers on the back of the pin and
free up room for your design on the front! This works on any of the pin types.
Photoscreen pins are single color imprints.
The die struck, soft enamel and hard enamel pins are raised metal. $50.00 setup per unique custom imprint.
Or get a blank back for $25.00 per design (removes the "Metro Pins" mark).
3D pin molds - There are no mold charges or fees for pin orders with normal 2D designs.
Sometimes a client would like a pin designed with TRUE 3D attributes though, and we can do it!
It will add $50 to $200 to a pin order depending upon pin size (3/4" - 3") and design complexity.
3D designs are only available with die struck, soft enamel & hard enamel pins.
Die struck & soft enamel pins normally have raised ridges that are part of the pins, but these are not
considered 3D, merely normal 2D surface texturing.
3D Bubbles - Acrylic 3D bubbles are a great way to make your pin stand out from the crowd.
An acrylic 3d bubble, is essentially an acrylic sphere, cut in half and affixed to the pin surface.
They sit up off the surface of pin. A clear one will magnify whatever is underneath it on the pin design.
Many colors available. Most 3D bubbles are $0.50 per piece and are not available in all sizes.
Glitter - A mixture of colored glitter and paint enamel is added to the recessed areas
of your pin and then coated with an epoxy dome to protect the glitter and add a shine and sparkle effect.
The glitter sparkles in even the faintest hint of light and adds an extra sparkle to your already shimmering
design. Glitter is available on photoscreen pins too but tends to lay
much flatter when compared to soft enamel pins. Soft enamel pins will come with
an epoxy coating on surface of the entire item if they have any glitter areas by default.
You may request no epoxy on your soft enamel glittered pins as long as you understand glitter may permanently
get onto other areas of the pin during production and can come off on your hands, clothing, etc.
One color of glitter adds $0.20 per pin, and two colors are $0.35.
Glow in the Dark - Glow-in-the-dark powder can be added to PMS enamel. Different color glow-in-the-dark powders may be added to enamel (changing the enamel color some). We determine how much powder to add, depending upon the requested enamel and glow powder colors. It is a subjective determination however and you should understand this in full before ordering. Learn more here.
Gemstones - Small artificial gemstones can be affixed to your pins at predetermined places.
These significantly increase the appeal and trading value of your pins. You could add a pair
of gemstones as eyes or headlights. Use gemstones to distinguish between different years of service for employee pins.
Colored or clear acrylic gemstones add $0.20 per gemstone.
Pierce holes / cut-outs - Pin designs that require a portion of the lapel pin be removed or cut out
will incur an additional setup fee and per pin charge. Furthermore, pins that incorporate a 'hollowed out'
area with only a small opening at the edge of the pin will incur cut-out charges.
It takes additional time & effort to remove leftover metal from cutouts.
Holes for danglers do not incur a charge.
Cut-outs are quoted, but each cut-out is typically $0.15 per pin with a $25 setup fee.
Translucent enamel - Portions of a design can be be covered with translucent enamel on both soft enamel
and hard enamel products to add special effects. e.g. A textured pine tree can be covered
with dark green translucent enamel leaving tree details visible underneath. The appearance of translucent colors will
vary or transform depending upon underlying metal plating color. Silver plating has the least color impact,
gold plating has the most color impact. Black nickel and black dyed plating make translucents much darker.
Translucent enamel colors are typically $0.25 per piece per color.
Combine cut-outs with translucent hard enamel to create a see-through effect.
See-through effects can be further enhanced with LEDs behind the translucent enamel.
Sequential numbering - Add sequential lasered numbers to either side of a pin. Make your pins into limited edition runs.
Minimum order is 100 pieces. Adds $0.25 per pin.
Custom numbering - Add your own customized list of lasered letters and/or numbers to either side of a pin.
Minimum order is 100 pieces. Adds $0.50 per pin.
Deluxe clutches & pin backs - A standard spur nail post and military-style butterfly clutch is the norm when it
comes to lapel pins. Other styles are available however. Safety pins, deluxe clutches, rubber clutches and other
backs are available for an additional fee. Available pin attachments
Plating Options - Numerous plating options exist, depends upon the type of pin you choose.
Various polished plating options are available and are bright & shiny (no extra cost).
Various antiqued plating options are available and have more of a matte finish (adds $0.25/ea).
Additionally, PMS Dyed plating is available in most Pantone PMS colors (adds $0.20/ea).
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