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Custom Pins 101: The Different Types of Pins

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Custom pins are a great way to promote your business or organization. There is no better way to get your name out there than by wearing it on your clothes, bag or purse. Custom pins have many different types of uses and they come in all shapes and sizes! In this article, we will cover the different types of custom pins: soft enamel, hard enamel, metal and more.

What Are Custom Pins?

Custom pins are decorative small pins or accessories that can be made with iron, zinc alloy, plastic and other materials. They are designed to be worn as a badge on your clothes, such as the lapel of a jacket, and they have custom artwork that is original to you!

Benefits of Using Custom Pins

Custom pins offer many benefits to their users. Here are some of them!

#1 You can wear them to promote your brand.

If you’ve organized an event for your brand, wear unique custom pins with your brand on them. That way,  your brand is right there to attract the attention of people who might want to know more about it.

#2 They’re easy and convenient!

Custom pins are small, making them easy for you to carry around with you wherever you go without going through too much trouble.

#3 They’re great ways to get your message across.

If you’re advocating for a certain cause or purpose, you can promote this advocacy through custom pins. Attend events and other social gatherings and use your beautiful custom pins to promote your cause.

And so much more!

The Different Types of Custom Pins

There are two ways to customize your pins. You can customize them through their lapel pins and through their pin attachment. Discover them below.

Types of Lapel Pins

#1 Soft Enamel Pins


Soft enamel pins have raised edges with recessed colour.  They are considered the most popular type of custom pin.

Custom soft enamel pins are easy to create and can be made in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, colours and designs. They’re perfect for events like weddings, conferences or celebrations when you want your guests to feel special with something they will remember for years to come.

They’re also considered traditional and classic, and they give off a textured feel.

#2 3D Pins


3D pins are pins with multiple angles and surface levels. What draws them apart from other pins are their clear depth and details. 

Due to the complexity, these pins take longer to create which is why they’re more expensive than other types like soft enamel pins or metal pin badges.

Custom 3D pins can be made in any shape you want – from circular shapes to squares,  but the most popular shape is a round ball.

Other details to note about this type of pin is that they also have smooth and textured areas.

#3 Hard Enamel Pins


Hard enamel pins are observed to be heavier in weight and quality compared to other types of pins.  

They’re a durable type of pin, and they also have sharp edges. 

The colour does not fade or chip off the custom hard enamel pins when worn over time which is why it’s one of their best-selling points.

Lastly, they have a smooth surface with a polished and glossy finish. Because of their undeniable quality and unique characteristics, they are often the most expensive of all types of custom pins.

#4 Die Struck Pins


This type of custom pins is often shaped like a rectangle. 

It’s similar to the hard enamel pin but they are not seen as durable because when worn, it leaves scratches on clothing due to its sharp edges.

Die struck pins have no colour and this makes them cost less than other types of custom pins. They have raised and recessed metal areas polished raised areas and textured recessed areas. These qualities often result in a more elegant industrial look for die struck pins.

#5 Printed Pins

Printed pins are often characterized by their colourful designs and texts. Custom printed pins are made by either silk screen printing and offset printing.  

The term silk screen printing refers to the process of using a mesh fabric that is coated in an emulsion and then exposed to ink. The design on this type of custom pins is often matte with bold colours, while offset printed pins have a more glossily finish.

Custom printed pins are recommended for reproducing photos and multicoloured designs.

Another way to customize your pins is through their pin attachments. We’ll have a short discussion on them below.

Different Types of Pin Attachment

#1 Butterfly Clutch Pin Attachment

This is the most popular of all pin attachments because it’s both functional and decorative. That’s why it’s often the standard attachment when you don’t specify. You can attach these to any type of clothing, or even add them as a whimsical element to your accessories.

#2 Magnet Pin Attachment

If you dislike having holes in your most cherished clothing, then the butterfly clutch and the safety pin is not for you. You can opt for the magnet pin attachment option as they do not leave holes.

#3  Rubber Clutch Pin Attachment

If you’re looking for a pin that doesn’t get removed easily, then this is the best attachment choice for you. The texture of the rubber stopper makes sure that the pin is secure and hard to remove.

#4 Safety Pin Attachment

If you want to make sure that the pin stays in place and does not rotate on the clothes, the best option is the safety pin.

Custom pins have been around for a long time, but with more people turning to customised products as gifts or rewards it’s no surprise that there is a growing demand for this type of product.  If you’re ready to have your own custom pins in Australia, visit our store or send us a message!

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