CUSTOM HARD ENAMEL PINS
Cloisonne pins get their distinct lustrous appearance from the multistep handpolishing process. They are an excellent choice for any design that has clearly separated colors and can be enhanced with silkscreened colors on their surface when even smaller details need to be captured.
Cloisonne Lapel Pin Pricing
How Our Process Works
Cloisonne pins get their distinct lustrous appearance from the multistep hand-polishing process.
They are an excellent choice for any design that has clearly separated colors and can be enhanced with silkscreened colors on their surface when even smaller details need to be captured.
How Are Custom Cloisonne or Hard Enamel Pins Made?Cloisonné pins have an ancient history that started in the Near East and gained prominence in ancient Egypt. The custom pin type gets its name from the compartments created by the raised regions of metal. These areas are called "cloisons" which means "partition" or "division" in French. Originally, these were inlaid with handcut gemstones or pieces of glass. Later this process fell out of favor and was replaced with vitreous enamel. This is the technique of creating a glass paste that is hardened in a kiln and is still very similar to the process we use to this day.
Cloisonne pins start with the same basic steps as die struck lapel pins or soft enamel lapel pins.
- We start by making a custom mold and stamping your design impression into sheets or strips of the base metal . This process is called "die striking".
- We then use a punch to separate the stamped impressions from the base metal sheet.
- The pieces are tumbled to remove burrs and quickly hand polished and buffed to ensure good adherence for the cloisonne colorfills.
- The die struck pin pieces are then laid out on sheets and the recessed areas are then filled with powdery glass-like enamel paint past the height of the metal.
- Each color is filled separately and fired in a kiln at 1700 degrees.
- Once cured, the pins are hand polished on a wet grinding stone until the paint is flush with the metal.
- Then the next color is added and the firing, curing, and hand polishing process is repeated until all the colors are added.
- Once fully colored, the pins are plated, packed and shipped!
This labor intensive process of adding the colors one by one and hand polishing is what gives each cloisonne pin a hard, glossy finish that simulates jewel tones.
Know exactly what you want?
Not quite sure what would work on your custom pin design?
Give us a call, email, or chat with one of our custom lapel pin experts. Alternatively, visit our pin gallery to view some of the custom cloisonne pins we've created in the past. Pick out a few pins you like, and we'll use them to design a custom cloisonne pin just for you. You'll receive a full-color proof via email within just 24-hours. Make any changes you want. Once you give approval, we'll get to work making your custom cloissone pin!
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Every order of custom lapel pins includes
Free Artwork and Design with Unlimited Revisions
Free Full-color Proof Delivered via Email
Shipping in ~7-10 days
FREE UPS Air Shipping
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Great company to work with. Many changes were made on my end, and Sandie was very patient with all of my revisions, never complained and the final design was perfect. This is my second time working with this company creating pins, and I will continue.
Date of experience: January 12, 2021
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Date of experience: October 08, 2021
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The representatives at All About Pins were outstanding! Heather and Chelsea went above and beyond to asisst me with my orders. Also the artists were extremely helpful and efficient in getting me multiple proofs to choose from. Thanks so much!!
Date of experience: February 02, 2022