Lapel Pins have been widely used in different ways. These pins were utilized mostly in the military, organizations and in school. They have been an efficient means to show affiliation. There are also several events or occasions wherein lapel pins are used variously, such as in the following:
1)Graduation - universities or post-graduate schools award their students with pins as symbols of their accomplishment in the necessary requirements of their chosen course;
2)Volunteers – for those who are willing to give a hand to people who have been affected with natural calamities, they are provided with security pins and identification;
3)Training – companies who are looking for potential efficient employees oftentimes train their people. During this period, identification is necessary in determining the best trainees;
4)Team Building – upon entering the company, employees are required to attend certain events. These events hold activities to develop each individual’s confidence and skills. Each department are provided pins in order to promote an organized system;
5)Employee recognition – every company has an exemplary employee; these kinds of employees are awarded with pins as recognition of their efficiency;
6)Fund raising –Sponsors arrange fund raising events for causes and groups. These pins are often used as promotional items and gifs;
7)Charitable events – this is almost the same as raising funds, except these are for giving food and clothes to the less fortunate. They use these pins the same as raising funds;
8)Event Marketing – some companies hold events to launch or promote a variety of products. The pins are used for marketing purposes;
9)Conventions – conventions are held to educate people about products or services. The pins are used as gifts;
10)Anniversaries – are used for these occasions as gifts.
Because of its wide range of applications, lapel pins have a high demand in marketing companies and business corporations. But how are these pins constructed into the perfect item for the consumer? The process is as follows:
Step 1: Stamping and molding – the metal to be used is molded to the intended shape of the consumer;
Step 2: Outline cutting – the metal is cut to the desired design;
Step 3: Attachment – at the back of the metal, the solder is then attached for security;
Step 4: Plating – thereafter, the metal is soaked in the plating liquid. The quality of the metal varies from the time period that the piece is soaked in the liquid – the longer the time, the better the quality;
Step 5: Polishing – the metal is then polished until the surface is lustrous and smooth. Copper metals is the usual element used with this step;
Step 6: Coloring – using a syringe, soft enamel is applied carefully into the metal, one color at a time;
Step 7: Cleaning – the piece is wiped off from excess paint outside the outline;
Step 8: Baking – the metal is then placed under heat for 15 minutes;
Step 9: Epoxy coating – lastly, the metal is applied with soft epoxy to prevent the paint from chipping off or getting cracks. This protects the soft enamel that is underneath the metal of the lapel pins;
Iron material may be used instead of copper for consumer’s budget reasons. However, the polishing process will be omitted.
Standard colors used for painting the item piece is taken from the Pantone Chart. Fine designs are not recommended as painting from outside the outlines is more possible with this request, therefore bolder designs are suggested. In order to ensure high-quality painting results, a blank metal rim of 0.3mm is needed.
The manufacture of lapel pins is cautiously done by experts from companies which assure ideal results. The reason why manufacturers comply with this method is because consumers always search for the best products. And by providing their needs, profit is definitely gained.