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Average delivery time: 4-5 weeks + shipping
Custom Lapel Pins
Minimum Order Quantity: 25 units per design/style
Material: Hard enamel poured over iron or zinc alloy
- Plating Options: Gold, silver, or black nickel metal. Our design team will use our best judgement when selecting a metal to suit your design, but if you have a specific request, please leave a note to designer.
Packaging: Choose from our standard presentation card, or upgrade to a custom presentation card (adds $0.50/pin) or signature Pill Bottle Box (adds $1.00/pin).
How It Works
Get your custom pins in three easy steps.
Choose Your Packaging
Every lapel pin comes gift-ready on our branded card by default. You can also upgrade to a custom card or Pill Bottle Box.
Upload Your Artwork
We can make small modifications to our existing line of designs, or work from the artwork or logos you provide. If you can dream it, we can pin it.
Review Your Proof
Once an order is placed, our design team will work hard to create your one-of-a-kind styles. We'll send you your proof via email and revise it until you're happy!
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I order less than 25 pins?
Unfortunately, no! :( Because we produce a custom mold for your design, we are unable to accommodate any less than 25 pieces at a time.
Can I choose the packaging?
Yes! Every lapel pin comes gift-ready on our branded presentation backing card by default. You can upgrade instead to a custom presentation card (adds $0.50 USD/pin) by uploading your custom artwork.
Bonus: Make your pins extra special by upgrading to our exclusive Pill Bottle Box (adds $1 USD/pin).
How are the pins made?
There are many styles of lapel pins, but we work exclusively with the cloisonné technique. These hard enamel pins undergo a multi-step hand polishing process, resulting in a durable, high-shine finish. For this reason, they are considered to be the highest quality of pins and are our material of choice.
What materials do you use?
Depending on the complexity of the artwork, we use a zinc alloy or iron base.
What pin backs do you offer?
All pins come with our standard rubber clutch. If you'd like to upgrade to a deluxe locking back (adds an additional $0.50 USD/pin), please email us!
Read more about this attachment clutches below.
Rubber Pin Backs
Rubber pin backs, often referred to as PVC or silicone pin backs, provide a unique combination of flexibility and grip. These soft and pliable backs securely hold your pins in place while offering a comfortable wearing experience. All of our pins come equipped with this type of back by default.
Deluxe Locking Pin Backs
Deluxe locking pin backs, also known as spring-loaded or pin locks, offer advanced security for your most valuable pins. These backs feature a locking mechanism that requires an extra step to release the pin from the post. Upgrading to the deluxe locking pin backs provides peace of mind, ensuring your prized pins stay exactly where you want them.
Does my design have to be science or medicine related?
Not at all! If you can dream it, we can pin it. :)
What files do you accept?
We prefer to work with vector art. However, we will gladly accept Adobe Illustrator files, PDFs, JPEGs and more.
What design services do you offer?
Our team of designers can make small modifications to the artwork or logos you provide. We will utilize our discretion to clean up any line work that would otherwise limit the enamel from filling into the mold.
Please note that we are not able to create any logo or design from scratch at this time.
What colors do you work with?
We work with Pantone enamel colors. If you can provide us with the exact Pantone code, that would be helpful! Otherwise, we will use our design discretion to select the closest enamel tone.
Due to the high heat and nature of the production processes, colors may vary slightly from the proof to the final product.
V Coterie reserves the right to use graphics of lapel pins in promotional materials unless otherwise stated. We will not use your artwork to produce products for sale to any other entity.
How long do custom pins take to make?
The standard production time is 4-5 weeks. During peak volume periods, though, these timelines may be extended. We want to make sure we have ample time to meet your event date, so please plan accordingly!
Below is an approximate breakdown of the production process:
Mold production: 3-4 days
Die struck cutting, welding back posts: 3-4 days
Polishing: 6-5 days
Plating: 2-4 days
Enameling (depending on complexity): 3-7 days
Quality checking and packaging: 3-5 days
Please also take shipping times into consideration.
What if I need a rush order?
Unfortunately, due to the intricate manufacturing processes involved, we are unable to expedite the process and therefore cannot guarantee a fixed deadline. If you have a hard deadline, drop us an email at email@example.com before ordering, and we’ll try our very best to meet it.
Are custom pins final sale?
Can I see a proof before payment?
All orders receive a free online proof within 24 business hours following checkout. Revisions will be made to your proof for free until you're happy.
How much should I sell my custom pins for?
Should you wish to offer your custom pin for fundraising or a special charity cause, the price point is up to you! As a general guideline, our in-stock pins range from $10-13, depending on the size and style.
Whether you're creating graduation party favors, fundraising for your nursing school class, or gifting to your staff, the possibilities are endless. You can request changes to our existing line of designs, or upload your own artwork and logos.
Use the form below or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for all of your custom pin needs.