How it's made
Each soft enamel pin is made by hand and is not an easy task. We start by creating a design and with a limited surface area, the design can’t have too much detail otherwise it will get lost in the molding or stamping process.
The soft enamel pins are made from die-struck iron metal, electroplated, and optional epoxy coating, which usually gives them a thinner feel in comparison to Hard Enamel pins.
During the molding or casting process, molten metal will be poured into the spin casting machine where the rubber molds have been placed. After about a minute of spinning on an average of 400 rpm, the mold is removed from the casting machine and the metal is allowed to dry for about 5 minutes. Each pin is then removed from the mold and then washed using water, detergent, and abrasive stones to remove excess dirt and smoothen rough edges. Washing the pins also ensures a smoother surface for the plating and painting processes that would follow.
Once the bird enamel pins have been removed from their mold or cut from the die-struck metal sheet, they are given a round of polishing to remove any excess metal particles. Afterwards, they undergo chemical or electrochemical plating in which they receive several surface coatings of other metals, usually copper, nickel, silver, or gold.
Enamel pins, as their name suggests, are coated with enamel paints after they are plated. They are usually manually colored with the help of a guide that’s similar to a color-by-numbers kit. The enamel paints are typically painted by hand.
After drying the pins are then given a coat of epoxy resin to protect the surface of the paint from scratches and to prevent the premature fading and cracking of the enamel.
Once these steps are completed we attached the butterfly pins and are ready for distribution. Hope you enjoy this article and support us by buying a bird pin.