Soft enamel pin badges
First, the image is stamped on metal and cut to size. The badge is then plated in a metal coating, such as gold or nickel. After that, the enamel is added to the recessed area and baked in the oven to harden the enamel. After drying, the enamel adheres to the edge and is recessed under the metal mold line.
When you place your finger on the top, this will give the soft enamel a "bumpy" feel. We can add epoxy resin paint to the soft enamel pin badges to protect the enamel and give the enamel a smooth effect, which can make the enamel look smooth instead of hard.
When to choose soft enamel
Soft enamel is one of the most popular pin types, with a raised and textured look and texture, which many people like. The enamel pins must be baked in the oven to cure and harden the enamel. Unlike hard enamel nails, the soft enamel metal plating process is completed before filling the enamel. This means that some metal surface treatments can only be performed on soft enamel. If you wish to plate the pins with rainbow, paint black or any other custom color, you need to use soft enamel.
Hard enamel pin badges
For hard enamel pin badges, add enamel before adding the coating, then add enamel and polish it to the same level as the metal die line. Each color must be baked one by one in the oven, which increases the process and cost. Once all colors are added, the badge can be electroplated and polished to complete the badge. "Many polishing processes" is why the hardness of the hard enamel badge is slightly less than that of the soft enamel, and why some metal wires may diffuse in production and are thicker than the original design.
When to choose hard enamel
Compared with soft enamel, hard enamel nails are more durable and more scratch resistant. Due to the clean appearance and finished product, many people choose hard enamel instead of soft enamel. Many designs can be used in hard and soft enamels, so most of the time depends on personal preference. If you want standard gold or silver metal plating, hard enamel may be a good choice for your design.
Traditional hard enamel badge uses glass-based enamel, which means that Pantone color matching cannot be achieved, and the enamel has more pigments. A very important difference between hard and soft is that some metal surface treatments are only suitable for soft enamel.