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Design Process of Enamel Pins    

by Jane S. Martin

Pins are huge in the fashion world right now. They aren’t just a thing of the past anymore, they are all around us. On jackets, shirts, jeans, backpacks, T-shirts, on leather, denim, and cotton. Even on shoes because why not? The prices vary between one and a couple of hundreds of dollars, but the number of designs and colors are infinite. Wearing pins isn’t just a childish habit anymore, it’s a strong fashion statement. They’re colorful, interesting, fun to look at, humoristic, serious, they can be anything you want them to be. We certainly didn’t see it coming, but pins are one of the hottest fashion trends right now.

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The process of designing and creating a custom enamel pin isn’t that difficult. You just need to know some basic stuff about enamel pin design and how to prepare your design for production.

Pins are usually made out of the metal mold and then epoxy paint is used to fill-in and color the pin. The sections which need to be colored are delimited by metal. That is why you need to keep several things in mind when making your pin design. Unlike drawings where you can use any color, shade as you wish, add as many details and lines, with pins, it’s a bit more difficult as there are certain limitations.

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  • Thin, intricate lines won’t work on a pin. Pins are really small and not a lot of details can fit on them. Trying to put a lot of details on such a small space won’t look good and it often isn’t possible. You’ll just get a messy pin and you won’t be able to recognize the design. The beauty of the pins is that they don’t need to be detailed in order to look good. The lines can just all blend together leaving you with a bad pin. Their beauty is in their simplicity. Also, keep in mind that you won’t be able to put shades on a pin. So, save yourself some time and avoid shading the design.
  • You don’t need to be a professional designer in order to design a good pin. You can use software or you can draw your mockup on a paper if you don’t have experience with design software. Once you have your design on a paper, scan it and convert it into a PDF file which you can send to be made into a pin. You can also ask a team of professional designers, like the ones from com, to help you with your design and tell you what can and can’t look good.
  • Decide on the size and colors. Pins come in various sizes, and the bigger the pin is the more details you can add and it will cost you more. On the other hand, you can choose certain colors and send all of the details to the manufacturer, but keep in mind that they might not have the exact same colors you’re looking for. It’s probably best to let them guide you through the process and tell you what they can do.

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