When working with illustrator designers from all of the word, some of the most often asked questions are: should my pin to be hard enamel or soft enamel. What kind of pin suits my design, soft enamel or hard enamel? What do you think is the best option for my design, soft enamel or hard enamel? For most of the time my answers is quick and simple. Soft enamel has uneven surface, hard enamel has even, flat surface. hard enamel is a little more expensive than soft ones.
One day, something deep in my heart rings, i realize that except my designers, there are tones of other pin designers and pin lovers out there still confused that why sometimes their pin should be hard enamel while other time it should be soft enamel. In this article I am going to dig deep more so everyone will be able to make decision by his own after reading.
First of all, let me be clear that no matter it is hard enamel pin or soft enamel pin, it all start with a piece of metal. Based on design complexity, we will decide to use which material: iron, zinc alloy or brass, copper. etc. Besides, pin post (small needles behind a pin) and pin backs (rubber back or metal butterfly back) are all irrelevant factors while choosing hard enamel or soft enamel, these attachment are all same.Learn Material Learn Pin Backs
When talking about differences between soft enamel and hard enamel, the first different comes to my mind is their appearance, is the way it looks. Since appearance is the most straight part, every one can see it and tell it. You may wonder how does pin appearance differences from. Well it is different making process that creates differences appearance. Based on difference making process, different style of pin requires different production time.appearance Making Process Production time Pin Price