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Soft Enamel vs Hard Enamel Pins - What's the Difference?

What is the Difference Between Hard and Soft Enamel Pins?

One of the first questions customers ask us when we begin working on a custom lapel pin order is “What is the difference between the soft enamel and hard enamel pin”?

The short answer is that both pins are die struck, made with stamping a die “mold” into metal. The soft enamel has recessed enamel, while hard enamel is polished. Both pins have the same amount of detail.

Soft Enamel Pins

During the soft enamel pin creation process, enamel must be laid in the recessed sections and then it's sent through ovens to bake the enamel hard. In order to ensure that the enamel clings to the recessed areas and edges, it's not added until this process is underway to ensure the surface is dry. This pin gives an elegant textured feel to the pin.

Hard Enamel Pins

When manufacturing hard enamel pins, enamel is added into the mold before the plating process. The enamel is then polished numerous times until the it is flat and level with the metal die lines. In order to achieve a smooth, jewelry like finish, we use an updated version of the traditional process known as “Cloisonné”.

Both the soft enamel lapel pins and the hard enamel lapel pins are made for longevity and can be worn for years to come without any fading or discolor.

Still not sure which type of enamel pin you need? No problem! Our custom enamel pin makers have years of experience creating the perfect pins for customers, whether they're hard enamel pins, soft enamel pins or something else all together. Get your FREE quote today!