By using hard enamel on a pin badge or any other promotional product let’s you incorporate your brands identity with colour and elevate the hard enamel badge to life to with the whole surface area covered. Soft enamel is very useful for adding touches of colour to 3D metal products like the silver Council Member brooches above.
Hard Enamel Badge
Pantone PMS colours are automatically mixed using a machine then the enamel is injected with fine syringes into the smallest of recessed metal spaces. The syringes are attached to machines that are programmed to automatically scan the objects before being injected with the enamel into the spaces to save many man-hours. Before these machines were invented you had to enamel badges by hand with the use of a pressured foot pedal attached to a hand syringe.
Hard enamelling is by far the most cost effective and visually appealing technique used in the modern world of badge production in our opinion with it’s dense, perfectly flat and semi shiny finishes. You can create any colour you like with minimal effort whilst guaranteeing an exact colour match for the reproduction of your enamel badges, this is important when company branding needs to be portrayed with precision.
Soft Enamel Badge
This is a technique I only like to use for adding touches of colour to 3D metal products, as you can’t apply hard enamel to curved surfaces. Soft enamel tends to sink slightly into recessed areas rather than holding its shape, think of it like metal paint where you can build up layers or leave as a high light of colour. It works very well on small areas of recessed branded text as shown on these unique olive picks.
Cloisonné Enamel Badge
This is an old technique of enamelling, glass powder is mixed with pigments and water until dissolved then baked at a high temperature in a kiln. Once removed and left to cool the liquid sets to glass. Like hard enamel Cloisonné can’t be used on three-dimensional curved surfaces. Think of Cloisonné enamel like a period piece of stained glass or antique jewellery. The colours are limited so this technique is far less common and practical in this day and age, you can however combine translucent or opaque colours, which add interest.
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