Deciding on a design for your enamel pin is like choosing an outfit for a first date: it needs to be eye-catching, but not too flashy.
You want it to say something about you without being too weird or boring. In other words, it’s all about finding the right balance.
If you’re stuck on what design to choose for your enamel pin, don’t worry, we’ll guide you through it. In this blog post. We’ll walk you through the different factors you should consider when designing your enamel pin, and we’ll also give you some tips on how to come up with a winning design.
So, without any further ado, let’s get started
Designing an Enamel Pin – Step by Step Procedure
Choose a design for your pin
First, choose a design for your pin. This may be a simple image or logo, or something more complex. If you’re not sure where to start, try looking at other pins for inspiration.
Once you have an idea of what you want your pin to look like, it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty and start making your design.
Choose the type of pin you want
When it comes to enamel pins, there are two main types of designs:
- Hard enamel
- Soft enamel
Hard enamel pins have a smooth, polished finish and tend to be more durable. They’re also more expensive to produce.
Soft enamel pins have a more textured finish and are less expensive to make. However, they’re not as durable as hard enamel pins.
Whichever type of pin you choose, make sure the design is appropriate for the type of pin.
Create a vector file of your design
Now that you’ve come up with a fantastic design for your enamel pins, it’s time to turn that design into a vector file.
Vector files are the preferred format for printing, as they can be scaled to any size without losing quality.
Plus, they’re easy to edit, so you can make changes to your design without starting from scratch.
- First, open up your design in your preferred graphic design software.
- Once your design is open, select the “Object” menu and choose “Create Vector File.”
- This will open up a new window where you can specify the settings for your vector file.
- Make sure to choose a high resolution – at least 300 DPI – so that your pins will look crisp and sharp when they’re printed.
- You can also specify the color mode and other settings here, but for most designs, the default settings will work just fine.
- When you’re done, click “OK” to save your vector file. That’s it!
Find a manufacturer or enamel pin maker
Now that you have your design ready to go, it’s time to find a manufacturer or enamel pin maker.
There are a few things to keep in mind when choosing a manufacturer:
- Price: Make sure you get a quote from multiple manufacturers to compare prices. Don’t just go with the first manufacturer you find, as you might be able to get a better deal elsewhere.
- Quality: Not all manufacturers are created equal. Some manufacturers use lower-quality materials, which can affect the overall quality of your pins. Do your research and read reviews to find a manufacturer that produces high-quality pins.
- Turnaround time: Depending on the manufacturer, turnaround time can vary from a few weeks to a few months.
Order a prototype
Once you’ve found a manufacturer you’re happy with, it’s time to order a prototype of your enamel pin.
A prototype is a sample of your pin that is made using the exact same materials and processes that will be used to produce your final pins.
This is important, as it allows you to see what your pins will look like before you place a large order.
Plus, it gives you the chance to make any necessary changes to your design before your pins go into production.
To order a prototype, simply contact your chosen manufacturer, send them your pin design, and ask for a prototype. Be sure to include any specific instructions or request a custom quote.
Make any necessary changes to the design
In most cases, you’ll receive your prototype within a few weeks. Once you’ve received it, take a close look at the details to make sure it meets your expectations.
If not, make any necessary changes to your design and send the updated design back to the manufacturer.
It’s important to note that making changes to your design will usually add to the overall cost of your pins.
So, if you’re on a tight budget, it’s best to make sure your design is finalized before ordering your prototype.
Order final pins
If you’re happy with your prototype, it’s time to place your final order!
Again, simply contact your manufacturer and let them know how many pins you need. Be sure to specify the quantity, size, shape, and color of your pins.
Also, don’t forget to include any custom packaging or backing cards that you may need.
And that’s it! Now all you have to do is sit back and wait for your beautiful pins to arrive.
Where to find manufacturers and suppliers for your pins
The best way to find manufacturers for your enamel or custom lapel pins is by searching online.
A quick Google search will reveal a long list of companies that specialize in making enamel pins. Just be sure to do your research and read reviews before choosing a manufacturer.
Another great way to find manufacturers is by attending trade shows. Trade shows are events where manufacturers and suppliers showcase their products and services.
Attending a trade show is a great way to meet face-to-face with potential suppliers, compare prices, and get a feel for the quality of their work.
Although this has been a general guide to designing enamel pins, there are many other things to consider when producing these items.
As with any type of design project, it is important to consult with a professional who can help you create a product that not only looks great but also meets your specific needs and expectations.
We hope you found this guide helpful. If you have any questions or need help with your order, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.