A Look at Cloisonné Lapel Pins
Cloisonné lapel pins are the most traditional, if not the
most collectible of the lapel pin types. Most of the older lapel
pins are either die-cast metal or cloisonné. Cloisonné
is from the French word for cell, which refers to the method that
cloisonné is created. A metal structure, or cell, is formed
with the outline of the design and filled with enamel and then
baked to permanently set the design. The cloisonné technique
dates all the way back to 13th century B.C. in ancient Japan,
however the Chinese really made the art form their own, creating
beautiful vases and other artifacts. A cloisonné lapel pin
is a modern interpretation of this ancient and beautiful art.
Most true cloisonné lapel pins today are made on a copper
base, with enamel colors individually mixed. Each pin is then
fired one at a time in an enamel oven at temperatures over 1600
degrees Fahrenheit. This ensures that the colors are "baked on"
and will not run. After the lapel pins cool, they are polished to
remove any unwanted color bleeding and to make the pin shine.
Cloisonné lapel pins are very durable and their colors
remain vibrant for the life of the pin.
While the cloisonné process is very detailed, the cost of
a high quality cloisonné lapel pin should not cost much more
then a similar die-cast or photo etched lapel pin. Depending on
the company, design, size and quantity purchased, a custom
cloisonné lapel pin should cost around $2.00 per pin to
manufacture. A cloisonné pin has a more "retro" look, and
therefore may be more appealing to collectors than other types of
lapel pins. Plus, with a cloisonné lapel pin you are
carrying on an ancient artistic tradition. Due to their more
detailed manufacturing process, cloisonné also lends itself
to a more dressy or jeweled style of lapel pin. Consider a
cloisonné lapel pin if your design includes a stone setting,
No matter what your use, cloisonné is an elegant, durable
and affordable option for a custom lapel pin.
Info provides detailed information on lapel pins including
many lapel pin options such as custom, military, cloisonne,
Christian, and patriotic lapel pins. Lapel Pins Info is the
sister site of Lanyards Web.
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