One of the most common questions we get from clients about our custom lapel pins is the difference between soft and hard enamel pins. To simply put it, soft enamel pins are more textured and has recessed enamel while hard enamel pins have polished flat surfaces. In this post, we share to you the distinction between both of them.
Soft Enamel Pins
Soft enamel is the most common type of pin. Not only that it is cheaper to produce, many people prefer its raised and textured feel. When getting custom lapel pins in colorful, fun, cute designs, many opt for soft enamel.
To create a soft enamel pin, the design is stamped in the metal to be cut to size. The metal outline is then plated with the chosen metal plating like silver or gold. The colored enamel is then added and the pin is put through the oven to bake and harden. The dry enamel clings to the edges of the metal line and its edges recess below the line. This creates the textured feel of the soft enamel pin. At this point, you may add epoxy resin coating to smoothen the pin and make it appear more flat. Since plating the metal is done before adding the enamel, you can achieve different metal platings as opposed to hard enamel.
Hard Enamel Pins
Hard enamel pin, on the other hand, requires more steps than the soft enamel. The pin is more durable and looks more polished and clean. This is why some people prefer hard enamel pins for their brand.
To create a hard enamel, the enamel is added and polished flat so it can be at the same level as the metal lines. Each color is baked one by one in the oven which explains its thorough procedure than the soft enamel. Once all the colors have been added then the badge can be electroplated and polished again to complete the pin. The grinding and polishing makes them incompatible with certain metal finishes. If you want a standard gold or silver metal plating, then hard enamel might be a good choice for your design. The outcome is a flat and smooth pin that does not have much texture.
Whether soft enamel pin or hard enamel pin, we can create the best custom lapel pin for you. Just hit us up with your design and our sales consultant will help and advise you if the type of pin that works best for your design.