Photo etched pins are very similar in appearance to soft enamel pins, with a few key differences. The etching process allows for a finer level of detail and more intricate designs. The pins themselves are also thinner and lighter than soft enamel pins. Each pin has a 0.8mm-thick base made of copper. While soft enamel pins are die-struck to form the shape and recessed areas of the pin, photo etched pins use a computer to etch the design onto the pin. The process is similar to using film to produce a negative. Once the etching is complete, we fill the recessed areas of the pin with paint. The pins then bake in the oven at 400°F to help the paint adhere to the metal. Once the pins are cool, they receive a thorough polishing to provide a bright, shiny finish. When the process is complete, the pins head to inspection to check for any defects. After ensuring each and every pin is 100% perfect, the pins are packaged and are ready for shipping! We offer a free clear epoxy coating to protect your pin against the elements. While the epoxy coating is not required, we definitely recommend it for your pins. It adds a layer of shine to your pins, and helps protect them against scratches. Even if your pins are safely stored away in a bag or folder, they can still rub against each other and cause scratches on the paint. The free epoxy coating prevents this from happening and keeps your pins looking new for years to come!
Your photo etched pin design can be anything you can dream up! The only limit is your imagination, so don't hold back. The more creative your design is, the better. When it comes to trading, unique pins are always going to be popular with collectors. Having a never-before-seen design means you'll have the most sought after pins at the next trading session! Not only do we offer the free epoxy coating for your pins, we ship anywhere in the United States for free. We also understand that sometimes there may be something you want to change or add to your order, so revisions are always free. If you have any design revisions, it's never a problem. Let us know and we'll be happy to change it for you! At CustomTradingPins.com, we are confident in our ability to bring you the best trading pins on the market. Our talented art team has been designing custom photo etched trading pins for years, and we bring that talent to each and every order we have. We have the best customer service and the best product knowledge in the industry. Order from us with the confidence you will receive a product with the highest quality standards! Call us toll-free Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. E.T. at 1-800-217-8636 or fill out our no-obligation free quote form and submit your custom pin design to us. Whether you know exactly what kind of design you want, or only a general idea, we'll work with you to create custom photo etched pins you're sure to love!