Photo Etched

What is Photo Etching?

Photo Etching allows for great detail and is ideal for highly-detailed artwork. Rather than being stamped, this process uses chemicals to engrave the design into the base metal of your product. Like many of our other products, this process also requires each color to be filled by hand. The colored product is then baked at high temperatures to solidify the enamel. Each product is also hand-polished. Finally, clear epoxy is applied to the surface to protect the enamel and to provide the pin a 3D visual illusion.

Printing

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Know Your Prints:

Digital printing is any photographic image created digitally and usually printed on digital printing presses.

Offset printing is usually a digital image that has been modified to run on a manual printing press using anywhere from one to four colors.

What is Screen Printing?

Screen printed colors are separated by metal ridges and hand enameled, using screens for correct color placement. The design is printed on a screen and the colors placed leave a bright finish.

This process is best suited when duplicating intricate designs that require precise color detail or full color reproduction.

This type of printing may or may not take an epoxy coating to add an extra 3D style.

 

What is Offset Printing?

Just imagine a home-based printer. This type of printing uses CMYK  – Cyan Magenta Yellow and Black (K) inks to create a full-color photographic image. 

This style of manufacturing offers the most flexibility. Clarity and brilliant color is achieved as with the Screen-Printing technique.

The shape of your product is first cut from a metal sheet with the surface of the metal being left smooth. A base color is then spread over the metal, priming the surface for the offset-printed design, which can be printed on a variety of materials (such as vinyl, paper or other products). Finally, a coating of epoxy may or may not be applied to help protect the product from showing signs of wear or scratches.

Soft Enamel

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Soft Enamel

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Hard Enamel

What is Soft Enamel?

The texture has a  strong concave & convex surfaces. The second step is to add color pigment to the stamping foundation.

How it works: after stamping or pouring process, a needle tube full of enamel is placed in the grooves of the badge, which is the dried at high temperature.

CLOISONNÉ

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What is Cloisonné?

Imitation Cloisonné (often referred to as Epola) was developed in an effort to produce the look and feel of real Cloisonné at a fraction of the price. The epola/immitation cloisonné process is similar to our other processes in that brilliant colored resin is hand-placed in the stamped out, recessed areas.

Your product design is stamped into the base metal, then the recesses are filled by hand with colored epola and baked at high temperatures. Each Epola/Cloisonné piece is then polished by hand for a high-quality product which is nearly indistinguishable from Cloisonné.

Cloisonné does not take or need an outer layer of epoxy coating. This style of production will not create a domed or 3D effect, but instead will have a glassy, smooth finish to each piece.

In all Cloisonné products, notice the smooth surface across the color and the metal.

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Die Strucks

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What is Die Struck?

The die struck process is a method through which the metal is placed under immense pressure to create a relief of the desired design.

Through the super high pressure, the presses stamp the design down the metal layer with the engraving mold, so as to create the concave and convex effect.

Hard Enamel

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Hard Enamel

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Soft Enamel

What is hard (Imitation) Enamel?

In the hard enamel process, the color remains very bright, and the enameled surface stays smooth between color and metal. There are no ridges between color and metal.

After the baking process, the grooves after stamping or casting process are polished, filled with color and allowed to dry with the metal.