The most common question we get is "What is the difference between hard and soft enamel?"
The answer: the amount of paint used. Hard enamel pins have paint level with the surface. The base metal is slightly thicker as well.
Custom die struck hard enamel pins are used when you need the look and feel of "quality". The enamel itself is a fast drying, hard epoxy. It's available in any colour you choose. Each colour is hand inlaid with a syringe.
Some factories try and sell the hard enamel process as "cloisonne" or "cloissonelle".The latter term is almost always, hard enamel. Cloisonne is not used for enamel pins that often because it takes a long time to inlay the colour, which is a thick glass paste. It's not practical or affordable for custom enamel pins.
If you require a larger size than 2" or need a higher quantity than 999pc,inquire here.
WHEN TO USE HARD ENAMEL
There are also some artistic considerations.
You are targeting a higher end buyer for your #enamelpin store
You need a thicker base metal
3D engraving is part of your design
You want to use sandblasted metal in your design (ask us, 3D and sandblasting are not options not shown on our shopping cart)