Did you know that before the popular usage of lapel pins, they were used by communist party members to show off their political credo? The communist party was very proud of their organization and wearing these identification pins made them feel superior from those who are not affiliated with them. After a while, the opposing party wore custom label pins to prank and provoke the communist party. They used their own design of the pins to mock the communist party for their arrogance.
The lapel pins eventually shifted to being an extra ornament when the wars were over. Nowadays, they serve as sports emblems, awareness symbols, and product promotions. Pop culture also makes use of this accessory to sell merchandise. Vintage stores have collectors’ editions of pins from various events in history and other trademarks from pop culture.
To make custom label pins, it always starts with a creative design. Talented artists form designs via paper and pen, while others turn to animation and computer technology. The design consists of the colors to use, the outline of the pin, and the actual shape of the pin on paper. When a design is finished, it is freshly printed out on special material and the production process officially begins.
The first step is stamping. This step shapes and moulds the metal into the form of the design. The outline, surfaces, and textures are roughly embedded into the metal. It is good to keep the main outline of the pin distinct so that the cutting process is easier.
The second step is cutting. This part cuts the outline of the pin into a finer form. By then, the shape of the pin can be clearly seen. Excess parts are separated from the pin, and the edges are shaped properly. Cutting depends on the design as well. Definite shapes are easier to cut, such as circles, squares and triangles. Irregular shapes take a longer time and it takes a good cutter to finely make these shapes.
Next, the metal undergoes attaching and plating. Solder, such as tin or lead, are alloys used to attach the metal pieces firmly and properly. The plating of the pin comes next. The quality of the plating depends on the time the metal is soaked on the plating liquid.
After that, the metal is rigorously polished for a clean look. Polishing the metal gives it a shiny and smooth finish. This is essential for copper material only, while iron may develop a surcharge after polishing.
Coloring comes after. The custom label pins are almost ready. Soft enamel is carefully inserted manually, using fine syringes. This part is the most delicate step in the whole process. The person doing this should be skilled to keep each color intact, and to inject the correct amount in each area. It is crucial to be very sensitive in this step to prevent defects. When every color is at place, it is also important to wipe off excess colors.
The pin is then baked for 15 minutes. The last step is coating the pin with epoxy. This protects the color from cracking or fading. Leave it to dry for a couple of hours and have the pins kept at presentable boxes. Your custom label pin is ready.
The process is not at all difficult. It is inexpensive to have lapel pins made and it takes less amount of time to have a bulk ready. Custom label pins are practical in a lot of ways and they could be used in the most fashionable means as possible. All it takes is hard work and loads of creativity.