Soft Enamel - Simple shapes
Soft enamel with simple/softer shapes. Any basic shapes like a circle, square, etc + any custom shapes that have a softer edge without any deep cut in areas, holes knocked out or jagged edges. Unsure? Just email us and we can let you know and give an exact quote.
Soft enamel have flat metal and the inks are recessed (at a lower profile). If you ran you hand over the top, there is a height difference between the metal and inks.
Any design above 2" requires Die-Cast Zinc alloy found here
What makes a shape need die-cut zinc alloy?
When the shape has deeper cut in areas, any holes or a lot of thin or cut in areas, we need to use a different kind of mold that is cast in zinc alloy vs iron(stamped for simpler shapes). Areas like cut ins for legs, arms, hair and any shape that doesn't have a soft enough overall edge to it may need zinc alloy, which is a softer metal that allows finer details in the mold. They cost more because of the mold type and raw materials cost of zinc over iron.
Do I see a proof before they get made? We send a digital proof for your review before production is officially scheduled. If approved, we are rolling, but if you need adjustments, we will get new proofs until you approve. There is not a hard sample fully completed to review before production resumes. If you need to see a single sample first, it will 2x the turnaround. They'd need to do a full labor run for a single item, and if approved, they have to start the process over again.
How do I know if my shape is complex or die cut? Simple shapes or ones with sofer edges can be made by being stamped in sheets of iron. More complex shapes with deeper cut in areas, cut outs and tight cut in sections needs to be casted in zinc alloy and use a different mold and base metal. The cost more because of the material/mold differences. If you are unsure, email us. and if you check out with one and needs one or the other and you chose wrong, we will either refund the difference or send a request for the remaining amount.
Can I do variants? Yes. Simple variants are no problem or ones with at least 50 per color way. If you have a lot of variants or tons of colors changing, specialty inks, changes in numbering, etc, please email us for an exact quote. At the end of the day, pins are priced based on materials and labor. If we do a run of 100 pins with 4 colors, 25 x 4 and each has different colors, we are creating a lot more labor than 100 of one color way.
Can you do other things not listed? Yes! We can make spinners, latched pins, multi-piece pin on pin, translucent inks, pearl inks and more. Please email us for an exact quote.
Can I do more than 8 colors? Yep! Each color adds 10c per pin. We just have up to 8 on our site, but if you need 14 colors and are ok paying for that many, it's no problem. Email us for an exact quote.
What's the difference between soft and hard enamel or soft w/ epoxy? Soft enamel have flat metal and inks are at a lower profile/recessed. Hard enamel are buffed down flat. They cost more because they have additional labor steps. Soft enamel with epoxy has a clear coating of epoxy added (free to do) and creates a flat surface, like a mock hard enamel. This can be great if you have thinner details in your pin, want to use a soft enamel metal, etc. We are big fans of soft epoxy here.
Do I need to pay upfront for my order? Do you do 50/50 deposits? All custom merchandise needs to be paid for in full upfront. If you want something proofed first, email us and will can walk you through everything and get it proofed first. We do have options for split payments at checkout that allow you to spread out the payments over time and they don't cost you more to do.
What happens if my order gets messed up? We are making hand made products and things can go wrong. A color mixed up, the plating having small issues, etc. Any order made wrong or with issues can be either re-made or refunded with the bad product returned. We never want this to happen, but when it does, we have your back and it won't cost you anything.
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Soft Enamel - Simple shapes