Cloisonne or “Hard Enamel” as it is formerly known, was first given to the Chinese by Central Asian missionaries in the 14th century. The Chinese practiced the art of making cloisonne lapel pins and developed it to a high standard. And it has became the benchmark by which all other lapel pins are measured.
How had the Chinese managed to fine-tune this remarkable lapel pin art form so quickly? Their understanding of casting coppers and bronze metals had a lot to do with it. But their ability to control the firing temperatures of the lapel pins is what made the difference and gave them the advantage. The success they had developing and refining the manufacture of cloisonne lapel pins was just a natural progression of the skills they already had.
Centuries later, Pin Promotions is still practicing the fine art and applying it to our own cloisonne lapel pins. As with many great art forms, few of the fundamental processes have changed. Today our cloisonne lapel pins are die struck from a copper bronze surface, then hand-filled with a glass-like mixture. The lapel pins are then fired in a kiln. Once done, more color is added, and then the pins are fired again. This two-step process ensures bleeding of colors does not occur. Next, the cloisonne lapel pins are individually hand polished and plated with either silver or gold.
Cloisonne lapel pins are popular because of the kiln firing. The kiln firing of the glass mixture ensures a hard and durable finish that can last for many years. Separated, bold designs are the best choice for cloisonne lapel pins, as the stamping and hand polishing processes can sometimes obscure the fine detail.
Cloisonne lapel pins have the greatest percieved value and a jewelry like finish. They are the highest quality lapel pin we manufacture and are best suited for achievement awards, employee recognition programs, grand openings and important events.
All of our cloisonne lapel pins come with an 8mm post and rubber or butterfly clutch attachment. You may choose up to 7 colors for your design. And additional colors are available at $0.05 per lapel pin. All cloisonne lapel pins are individually poly-bagged in small zip lock bags. Superbly designed presentation cases are available for an additional $0.35 per lapel pin.