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Soft Enamel vs Hard Enamel Pins

One of the most often asked questions is what's the difference between Hard and Soft Enamel badges.

The short answer is hard enamel is polished flat and soft enamel has recessed enamel. Both are made from the same stamping and the detail achieved is the same.

Soft Enamel

The enamel is laid in the the recessed areas and put through ovens to bake the enamel hard. The Enamel is only added once in this process which means when dry the enamel clings to the edges and recessed below the metal die line (that stops the enamels mixing). This give the soft enamel the 'bumpy' feel when you run your finger over the top. We can add an epoxy resin coating to soft enamel to protect the enamel and give the effect that the enamel is smooth, this, to some can make the enamel appear flat but is not hard enamel.

Hard Enamel

For hard enamel, the enamel is added over several times raising the enamel higher so can be polished flat to the same level as the metal die lines. The enamel get a polished look to a very high quality. Our hard enamel process is a modern process of the traditional hard enamel process and the main difference between our hard enamels is the actual enamel.

Traditional hard enamel use glass based enamels which means pantone matching can not be achieved and the enamel has more pigment. 

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